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Who Visits San Diego?

Over 33 million people visit San Diego every single year.

If that doesn’t tell you there’s something worth seeing, we don’t know what will!

But who visits San Diego? What type of travelers come here, and is San Diego the right destination for someone like you?

The truth is, all kinds of people visit the city and for many different reasons. We see people from all over the globe, and many tourists from within the United States, too.

Families make up a huge number of the visitors, coming to see the world famous zoo and Sea World. San Diego is a very family friendly city and it’s a combination of that, the sheer amount of things to do and the guaranteed sunshine that brings so many families to our city every year.

San Diego is a Family Vacation Meca

Surfers and people who love all kinds of watersports also drop in. We have some of the best waves to be found anywhere on the California coast, and San Diego is dotted with surf bars and trendy cafes full of people sporting surfboards and scuba gear. Lots of these people live a nomadic way of life, traveling all around the world to the best spots, and still come back to San Diego time and time again.


Sun worshipers also find their way here in droves. Whether it’s group of ladies out to party and work on their tans or bodybuilding wolfpacks ready to tear up the club scene and walk around flexing for hours at a time, San Diego truly sees all types!

Lovers also come. There’s something undeniably romantic about San Diego. It’s the sunsets, the beautiful natural surroundings, and the restaurants overlooking the ocean where you can sit by candlelight and chat.

Musicians and artists of all kinds also make their way to our shores. You’ll see some of the best street performers in the world here and will hear some truly epic music drifting out of the bars and cafes, setting the mood.

Backpackers and vagabonds also make their way here. San Diego is an essential stop on the California coast and lots of solo travelers making their way around the world on a shoestring decide to stop by and catch some waves or just enjoy the local scenery.

Whatever kind of traveler you are, San Diego offers something you’ll enjoy. Don’t miss it!

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San Diego Frequently Asked Questions

If San Diego has made it onto your radar and you’re thinking of taking a vacation here, or are actively planning one, this article may help you out and allow you to put the missing pieces in place.

At the very least, it will inform you about some of the basics of our city and what it offers. We hope you find it useful, and if there is anything we didn’t cover, just ask!

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San Diego Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How big is San Diego? Is it a little dot on the coast or a major city?

A. San Diego is a medium sized city. It’s busier than you might first imagine, but there’s still a laid back, relaxed atmosphere. It’s 946 km squared and it’s got a population of 1.4 million (roughly).

Q. What’s the main attraction in San Diego?

A. Most would say Balboa park, which is home to the world-renowned San Diego zoo. It’s certainly one of the most visited destinations in the city. Then there’s Sea World, which is always popular with tourists.

Q. Is San Diego family friendly?

A. It’s very family friendly! In fact, it could be said to be made for families. It’s got a low crime rate, the party scene is contained to a few specific areas, it’s got an awesome zoo and it’s very close to the coast. What more could a family holiday need?

Q. Is there great shopping in San Diego?

A. There’s a great shopping area right on the coast called Seaport Village. There are also lots of nice restaurants and places to eat here. It’s a very cool area and you should check it out and get some retail therapy in when visiting San Diego.

Q. I want to do some adventure sports. Is that possible in San Diego?

A. We’re right on the beautiful California coast and the mighty Pacific crashes onto our shores. You can surf, dive, snorkel and trek nearby. You’ll have a whale of a time with adventures around every corner!


Q. What’s the vibe or atmosphere like in San Diego?

A. This is a very laid back city with a youthful, progressive vibe. San Diego is home to multiple renowned universities and the hip, intellectual, artistic attitude permeates throughout t he city. It’s stylish yet rugged at the same time. If that doesn’t make sense, it will after you visit.

Q. What sports can I catch in San Diego?

A. That’s an easy one! Head over to Petco Park to watch the San Diego Padres play baseball!

San Diego Padres

Q. What other places can I check out while in San Diego?

A. Los Angeles is just a couple of hours drive away. You can also check out Santa Barbara and plenty of other awesome nearby towns.

Q. What’s the best beach in San Diego?

A. La Jolla shores is a beautiful white sand beach which is very safe for families. Solana beach, to the north, is also worth checking out.

That about covers the basic information you might need on San Diego. Whatever area you’re staying in and whatever your budget, this gorgeous city has something to offer you.

Welcome to San Diego – we can’t wait to see you soon!

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4 Great Places to Visit in San Diego

Most people have heard of San Diego at some point in their lives.

If you push them, they probably even know it’s a coastal city in California which is renowned for its laid back attitude and relaxed vibe.

Not many people know exactly what San Diego has to offer in terms of attractions, though. That’s a shame, because this family friendly, fun-filled city should not be missed by anyone who finds themselves out on the West coast for a vacation.

Plenty of people have come for a few days, fallen in love with the place, and returned many times. You might be one of them after you visit these 4 great places in San Diego.

1. The San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

If you love wildlife or are looking for a place you can spend an unforgettable day with the family, San Diego zoo is an unmissable attraction. Over 3,700 different animals are featured in the zoo, meaning children and adults alike can spend endless hours discovering the awesome diversity of species on our planet.

Visit the San Diego Zoo Website

2. Sea World

Most people will already have heard of Sea World and know what amazing attractions can be seen and experienced here. If you’re a fan of marine life and seeing a mighty Orca whale or touching dolphins is on your bucket list, Sea World is a great place to do it.

Live dolphin shows, tanks with killer whales on display, aquariums featuring all kinds of tropical and exotic fish and so much more will make a day trip to Sea World something to look back on for years to come.

Visit the San Diego Sea World official site

3. Petco Park

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If you’re a baseball fan or just want to catch a game for the experience, Petco Park, home to the San Diego Padres is a great place to do so.

The stadium has a capacity of 42,000 leading to an atmosphere that has to be experienced to be believed during live games. Whether you’re from outside the USA and want to experience this all-American pastime to see what it’s all about, or are an avid fan from inside the USA, catching a game at Petco park will be an experience you never regret or forget.

Visit the San Diego Padres website

4. USS Midway Museum

San Diego Midway Museum

For history and military buffs out there, a trip to the US naval aircraft carrier turned museum makes for a fantastic day out.

Seeing for yourself the size of a real-life aircraft carrier is something to behold in itself, but with walking tours around the carrier available, you can get an insider’s glimpse into what life in the navy was like back in the day.

Audio tours are also available, filling you in on the history of it all. This is an unmissable attraction for history lovers!

Visit the official USS Midway Museum website


So there you have it! 4 great reasons to make San Diego part of your California itinerary. There’s lots more to it than this, of course, and San Diego offers a little of something for everyone.

This is just a glimpse into what far too many people are missing out on when they drive through San Diego on their way to somewhere else. Stop over and pay this amazing city a visit.

You’ll be glad you did!

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Keeping San Diego Beautiful

The city of San Diego is known for its abundance of trees and other fauna. Its streets are lined with tropical palm trees that give them a magical appearance, but they require a lot of maintenance. Their natural beauty hides many hidden dangers and the local council works tirelessly to ensure that the cities residents and visitors are protected.

The Urban Forestry Section of the city office is responsible for tree trimming in all of the public areas of San Diego, including streets, parks, and other places where people congregate.

If you notice a tree causing a hazard you can simply call the Urban Forestry office and request a no-fee, tree trimming permit. A city inspector will then come along and inspect the tree and confirm it is actually causing a hazard. Once the official is satisfied that the tree is indeed causing a hazard he will schedule an appointment for the cities maintenance team to come and trim the offending tree.

There are, however, specific criteria that must be met before the San Diego city official will sanction the trimming or removal of a tree.

1. To eliminate immediate hazards

The city official must be satisfied that the tree presents an immediate danger to the public and has the potential to cause harm


2. Provide visibility for motorists and pedestrians

If the tree is obstructing the view of either motorists or pedestrians then it is much more likely that the officer will sanction the trees pruning or removal. If a motorist can not see the roads ahead clearly then it is very likely that an accident will occur and so trimming is ordered to prevent injury.

Likewise, if a pedestrian’s view is hindered then it is a very real possibility that they will not be able to see oncoming traffic and may step it in front of a moving vehicle. It is for this reason that the inspector will order the tree either trimmed or removed.

3. Clearing the public right-of-way

Pedestrians, motorists, cyclists, and construction work must not be hindered by low hanging branches or other such obstructions. These may cause injury or accident so are immediately dealt with.

4. Palm trimming

Since palm trees are so prevalent in San Diego it is of the utmost importance that they are regularly maintained and attend to. These types of trees present unique issues and require a professional tree trimming service. The city will provide such a service for public streets and highways but they do not cover domestic or privately owned trees. It is the duty of the resident or business owner to find a suitable company to remove or trim the offending palm tree.


5. Tree removal

Only dead trees or those deemed to be an immediate threat or hazard to either public or motorists will be removed without delay. All other cases of tree removal will be adjudicated by the city official with a view to preserve or removal. The city has a mandate to preserve the natural beauty and historical importance of its trees and is, therefore, reluctant to remove trees. Removal is only considered after all other options have been thoroughly exhausted.

If you know of a tree that meets the above criteria you can call the Urban Forestry Section of the San Diego city council for an evaluation. Simply call (619) 236-5513 to schedule an appointment and a city official will be on the scene to inspect the offending tree.

Let’s work together to keep San Diego beautiful!

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Planning a Vacation to San Diego – What to Watch Out For

So, you’re planning a vacation to San Diego, and you’re beginning to prepare for the big trip.

Congratulations! You’re going to love it here!

Love San Diego

San Diego has much more to do than you think, and it’s a city which slowly reveals itself to you the longer you stay. That said, there are some things you should look out for in any city far from home. While San Diego is wonderful, it’s not perfect, so keep these things in mind so as not to ruin the trip of a lifetime. These top tips from those working in the San Diego tourism industry will help you avert any avoidable problems.

First, you might be from outside the USA, so keep in mind that we drive on the OTHER side of the road from most European countries. There have been several accidents in the past few years due to visitors driving on the wrong side, leading to injuries and damage which could have been prevented.

Second, San Diego does have pickpockets and gangs of petty thieves operating in and around tourist areas. Sea World and San Diego Zoo are two of the areas most prone to petty crimes like pickpocketing. Be sure to be vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times. Always keep an eye on your belongings.

Third, San Diego is a coastal city with some of the most beautiful beaches and best waves off the coast. It’s tempting to go in for a dip or catch some waves, but you should always respect the power of the ocean and be aware of rip tides which can drag you out to sea. Always do your research on the ocean in the area you plan to swim in to see if there are any hazards you need to be aware of.

Fourth, bring your sunscreen! San Diego is hot, hot, hot at certain times of the year and if you’re visiting from colder climates, you may get burned and have to spend some of your vacation time cooped up with Aloe Vera slathered all over your body.

Fifth, San Diego is a big city by anybody’s standards. At 964 square km, it would be easy to get lost. A quick tip: always place a card for your hotel in your wallet as soon as you arrive. That way, if you do get lost, just hail a cab and give the driver the card.

Speaking of cabs, sixth, you should only use trusted operators. There are some scam taxis operating in San Diego hoping to take advantage of tourists. Have your hotel call you a cab and don’t accept unsolicited offers. Alternatively, use Uber
or another ride sharing app.


Keeping these things in mind will help you avoid negative experiences and have the best vacation possible in our wonderful, welcoming city. You’ll have a ball here, with the incredible Balboa Park, Seaport Village and so many other attractions waiting to greet you.

Enjoy your stay in San Diego. We’re glad to have you!

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