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The best way to get around San Diego is by car. San Diego does have a convenient and affordable public transportation system, but the city is spread out, and public transit doesn’t cover quite all of it. Car rentals are available in plenty as are taxis, Uber and Lyft. The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System consists of Trolleys, MTS buses, and trains. There are also shuttle services that provide a convenient way of getting around the city.
San Diego is well-known for its charming beaches, sunny weather and for being home to what is often referred to as one of the best zoos in the world. There are many incredible places to visit and things to do in San Diego - beautiful parks, fascinating museums, and cool amusement parks. With more than 3,500 animals, the San Diego Zoo has to be on your list of must-visit places in San Diego. Another must-visit site is the USS Midway Museum - the historic naval aircraft carrier museum. Do find time to visit Balboa Park, Point Loma, Embarcardero, SeaWorld San Diego and Torrey Pines State Reserve. For exciting things to do in San Diego go on a Whale Watching Cruise, La Jolla Cove and Cave Snorkel Tour, Open Cockpit Biplane Tour, Segway Tour of Gaslamp and Waterfront, or take Flyboard Lessons. Buy a Go San Diego Card, a Hop-on Hop-off Trolley Tour, or a San Diego Seal Tour ticket to see all the best that San Diego has to offer.
If you are looking for some retail therapy San Diego offers a plethora of options including swanky malls, chic boutiques, and little beachside stores. For branded stores there’s no place like Fashion Valley, an open-air luxury shopping center in Mission Valley that hosts brands like Macy's, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Tory Burch. For some more upscale shopping head over to La Jolla, often considered the Rodeo Drive of San Diego. La Jolla is home to a large number of boutiques, art galleries, jewelers and restaurants. Go to Cedros Design District for interior shopping, quaint boutiques, and pop-up shops. For antiques look no further than Ocean Beach Antique District. If you are looking for bargain shopping in San Diego do try out Seaport Village – they have specialty shops handicrafts and entertainment options.
San Diego is believed to be one of the safest cities in California and is considered pretty safe for tourists. Tourists would do well to follow all the safety precautions that they would while traveling to any other city in the world. This means keeping an eye on your things, avoiding going to poorly light and deserted areas at night and especially when alone. While in San Diego, avoid Southeast San Diego or Barrio Logan at night.
Finding a place to stay in San Diego is not difficult because there are lots of options. For old-time charm and history, choose Old Town. If sightseeing is at the top of our agenda North Park will be ideal. Famous for its laidback and relaxed vibe it is also near all the best museums, restaurants, and nightlife that San Diego has to offer. Gaslamp Quarter considered the ‘historic district’ of San Diego is the heart of the city’s cultural and entertainment scene. It also provides economical accommodation for those on a budget. Ocean Beach is a casual and fun neighborhood with a retro atmosphere and is a good place to stay if you are looking for accommodation near the beach.
While most famous for tacos and beer, San Diego’s food scene offers plenty of dining choices, from sophisticated restaurants to hip beachside shacks, there’s always something that suits each palate and budget. For really great tacos try Tuétano Taqueria, Las Cuatro Milpas, Salud or George’s Ocean Terrace. Cantina Mayahuel, El Jardín, Corazon De Torta, and Super Cocina are other places to go to for Mexican food. You cannot leave San Diego without trying the fresh seafood varieties there – head on to Trust Restaurant, Campfire, Civico 1845, Ceviche House or It’s Raw. Fine dining options can be found at George's At The Cove, Addison Restaurant or the Oceanaire Seafood Room. Craft Beer can be found at Tiger!Tiger!, Starlite, Kindred (vegan food options), Carnita’s Snack Shack, or Original 40 Brewing Company.
San Diego has a mild climate and is blessed with pleasant weather all through the year. March to May and September to November are considered some of the best times to visit San Diego. If you are looking for the cheapest time to visit San Diego, consider visiting in winter (December to February) if you are okay with the occasional rain.