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Famous for its great weather, San Diego has an abundance of gorgeous beaches and all the charm of a historic city to go along with them. Wonder the different neighbourhoods on a San Diego holiday and discover each area’s unique personality. Nature lovers can take to the trails to see some breathtaking views the city has to offer and relax on one of its many stunning beaches. 

Take a stroll and learn about the interesting history of the Victorian-era buildings of the charming Gaslamp Quarter; both impressive and beautiful in equal measure. Explore Old Town, the area that was home to the first permanent Spanish settlers in California, making it the birthplace of the state. There’s a vibrant atmosphere in Old Town, with Mexican restaurants, boutiques and markets. On Saturdays, it’s full of the sounds of live music from the Old Town Artisan Market, which also sees stalls of jewelry and art works for sale.

San Diego: A City of Beaches

San Diego enjoys 70 miles of coastline, so there are plenty of beaches to choose from. Hit the water at La Jolla Shores, laze around in the lagoon at Torrey Pines State Beach, or walk along the shore at Del Mar City Beach, admiring the dramatic cliffs and tidal pools as you go. 

Turn your San Diego city break into a multi-centre holiday and explore the rest of California, stopping off at nearby Los Angeles and Palm Springs, or discover more of the United States’ west coast, starting your journey at San Francisco and stopping at laid-back cities, small beach towns, and hidden coves and beaches as you make your way south to San Diego. 

Destination Highlights

  • Wander around Old Town, the neighbourhood that was the first settlement in California in 1769
  • Discover 70 miles of golden beaches
  • Explore Balboa Park, a park in the heart of San Diego, with open spaces, gardens, museums and San Diego Zoo
  • Visit USS Midway Museum: a naval aircraft carrier and aircraft, transformed into a museum in downtown San Diego

Great sample itineraries


For some San Diego inspiration, take a look at some of our sample itineraries. Give us a call so we can tailor make your perfect San Diego holiday.

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Explore San Diego

Time Zone

GMT -8 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 11 hours; direct flights are available from London

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel

Language

English

Health Info

No special vaccinations are required for travel to San Diego

With top theme parks and attractions such as San Diego zoo and LEGOLAND California, as well as the many beautiful beaches; you will understand why San Diego is a perfect destination for a family holiday. Enjoy world class golf at Torrey Pines, learn to paddleboard around Mission Bay or sip cocktails from a rooftop bar in the Gaslamp Quarter; you will not be disappointed with all the things to do in San Diego.

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Beaches

With near perfect weather year-round, San Diego's beaches are the areas signature attraction. There are the perfect beaches for families, tide pooling and surfing, from upscale La Jolla to the charm of Coronado and it's spectacular sunset views. Some of San Diego's best waves can be found at Black's Beach and for the largest water park of it's kind, experience Mission Bay Aquatic Park for a huge array of watersports from stand up paddleboarding to sailing.

Old Town

Old Town

Widely considered the birthplace of California, Old Town San Diego is the site of the first settlement of the Spanish and boasts a lively atmosphere, with authentic Mexican restaurants, markets, art galleries and boutiques. Check out Whaley House, believed by many to be the most haunted house in America and then hop aboard the Old Town Trolley to enjoy more of the sights that San Diego has to offer.

Best time to visit San Diego

Though the temperatures never drop too low, Winter season in San Diego can be quite rainy. In May and June, you can expect low hanging coastal fog, though this does usually clear up by midday. In late summer, you won’t find much fog but the temperature does soar. Autumn is an ideal time to visit, when temperatures are comfortably warm and the sun shines nearly every day. 

  • Best Weather
  • Good Weather
  • Average Weather

Average Weather in January

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Diego
14° C
50 mm

Average Weather in February

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Diego
15° C
52 mm

Average Weather in March

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San Diego
16° C
43 mm

Average Weather in April

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San Diego
17° C
16 mm

Average Weather in May

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San Diego
18° C
6 mm

Average Weather in June

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San Diego
20° C
1 mm

Average Weather in July

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San Diego
22° C
1 mm

Average Weather in August

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San Diego
23° C
1 mm

Average Weather in September

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San Diego
22° C
4 mm

Average Weather in October

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San Diego
20° C
12 mm

Average Weather in November

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San Diego
17° C
25 mm

Average Weather in December

Destination Destination Avg Temp Avg Temperature Avg Rainfall Avg Monthly Rainfall
San Diego
14° C
39 mm
Emma, Destination Specialist

"The coastline and sea caves of La Jolla are beautiful and the best way to see them is definitely by water, so rent a kayak or a paddleboard and get exploring."

Emma
Destination Specialist
Charlotte, Destination Specialist

"Go for Sunday Brunch at the Hotel Del Coronado, otherwise known by all the locals as the Del. They serve an incredible feast in their Crown Room."

Charlotte
Destination Specialist

Comic-Con International

Head to the infamous Comic-Con and meet with comic book fans, listen to guest speakers from the comic scene and discover new releases. Comic-Con is held every April in San Diego, with fans travelling from all over to attend, so it’s definitely worth a visit.

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival

Held annually each November, the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival is a week long celebration of food and drink. It brings together lots of wineries, craft beer and spirits, and chefs from the local area. Don’t miss the Grand Tasting Finale! 

Warm Handmade Tortillas

San Diego’s used to be part of Mexico and is home to many hispanic people, so you’ll find many tell-tale signs of the area’s Cali-Baja culture, not least in its cuisine. Head to Old Town to sample some pretty incredible handmade, warm tortillas.

California Burrito

This speciality is taken seriously in San Diego and you’ll find them in any taqueria in the city. You can’t miss this burrito, consisting of a big flour tortilla wrap filled with guacamole, carne asada, pico de gallo, cheese, and, making it a true California Burrito, a bunch of french fries. 

Fish Tacos

Another manifestation of Mexican influence, Fish Tacos are a must-try. Given the city’s waterfront location, it’s not surprising that seafood features in some of its best cuisines. In this case, whichever type of fresh fish is available is fried and placed in a tortilla along with accompaniments such as avocado, pico de gallo, cabbage, cheese and crema. 

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