San Diego Travel Tips
Local Travel Guide to San Diego
San Diego, California is the perfect vacation destination for families that are looking for outstanding fun and entertainment. Thousands of tourists venture here every year for endless activities and a chance to hit some of the spectacular beaches in the area.
There are all types of water sports and land-based activities to enjoy here, and San Diego has grown to become a monumental hot spot for families as well as singles. San Diego’s great outdoors beckon visitors to a beautiful, diverse landscape that includes everything from 70 miles of oceanfront beaches and bayfront tidelands to inland foothills, mountains, canyons and deserts.
All of these things combined provide for a “100% natural” vacation that is unsurpassed. Insider tip: Some locals will advise you that the best vacations in San Diego are active ones, where you can really get around to all the incredible variety. If you simply want to hang out, though, there are plenty of great places to do that, too.
• Interstate 5, which runs south to Tijuana and runs north to the Canadian border through Orange County, Los Angeles, Sacramento, Portland and Seattle;
• I-15, which runs north to the Canadian border through Riverside County and Salt Lake City; and
• I-8, which runs east to Imperial County and Arizona.
Many companies provide taxicab service at San Diego International Airport. If you need a taxi, simply follow the signs leading to the Transportation Plazas. A Transportation Coordinator will place you with the first available taxi. If you prefer a particular taxicab company, call directly or use web links to find the taxicab service that best suits your needs. Many limousine/luxury sedan companies provide service from San Diego International Airport, too. Check the local telephone directory for a listing of companies, or visit the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau website for a list of service providers.
Insider tip: Be sure to verify with your limousine/luxury sedan provider that the company is licensed to pick up passengers at San Diego International Airport.
- By Train
- Roads Into San Diego
- Public Transportation
If you are heading in and out of San Diego International Airport you can take Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner or the Coaster at Amtrak’s Santa Fe Depot downtown. Get there by using the Metropolitan Transit System Flyer Route No. 992—it runs every 10 minutes between the hours of 5:00 a.m. and 12:50 a.m.
The Amtrak operates seven days a week and 365 days a year. You can purchase tickets at the Amtrak station. However, the Coaster operates Monday-Saturday and that is excluding major holidays. The Metro Bus runs to and from the airport and into downtown San Diego. The Trolley connects with the Metro Bus and is able to reach many neighborhoods in the area, as well as several popular attractions. Landmarks such as Mission Valley, Fashion Valley and Old Town are among some of the Trolley’s destinations.
Insider tip: They’re not San Francisco cable cars, but riding the Trolley is a fun thing to do as well as an efficient, low-cost way to save on a rental car.