San Diego

America’s Finest City is every bit as fine as you’d hope.

Whether you sip coffee in ultra-hip North Park or stroll down hippie Ocean Beach, you’ll find each neighbourhood in San Diego has its own flavour. Have an ice cream after you scream your way down the Giant Dipper rollercoaster, then take the kids to SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo; both are loads of fun for parents, too! At the end of your whirlwind tour of SD, stretch your legs over a few craft beers: in San Diego, there’s always a brewery that suits your mood.

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Frequently Asked Questions about San Diego

What kind of food can I expect?

With its proximity to Tijuana, it's no surprise that there's a heavy Mexican influence in San Diego's cuisine. One of the county's most distinctive and delicious cooking styles is known as "Cali-Baja". Classic Mexican dishes are given a fresh twist, mixing in California's farm-to-table produce and freshly caught fish from the surrounding Pacific Ocean. Expect a range of delicious grilled seafood tacos and zesty salads. The city of San Diego is also home to over 100 craft breweries, so you can look forward to washing down each meal with a good amber brew.

Are there many family-friendly attractions around the city?

If you're considering taking the kids to San Diego, we're sure you must have already heard something about Legoland. Located in Carlsbad, this gigantic theme park is filled with roller coasters, waterslides and impressive Lego displays. You can even stay in a Lego-themed hotel room. The park is mostly aimed towards younger kids, but there's enough fun here to bring out the Lego lover in everyone. For something a little more educational that's still tonnes of fun, take the little ones to The New Children's Museum. One of the world's most interactive museums, there are enough activities here to keep even the most fidgety kids happy.

Where are the best surfing beaches?

With its warm weather and consistent waves, it's no wonder surfing is so popular in San Diego. From absolute beginner to expert, you'll easily be able to find a wave to suit your skill level. If you're looking to take a few lessons before heading out on your own, make your way over to Pacific Beach. The small surf is perfect for learners, and the cafes and bars behind the beach offer plenty of diversions between waves. Lower Trestles is a world-renowned break that's made it onto many pro surfers top-ten lists. However, a good swell can attract a pretty big crowd, so be prepared for some competition. If you're looking for a bit of peace and quiet, head off and explore the coastline around La Jolla where there are great waves and gorgeous coastline, all just a stone's throw from San Diego's downtown area.

What are the county's best inland attractions?

About as far away as you can get from San Diego's lush coastal landscapes, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is waiting to be explored. The vast park is filled with surreal sand-blown rock formations and offers plenty of hiking and camping opportunities. Visit between March to May and witness the explosion of colour as the spring flowers burst into bloom. For a greener escape, follow the winding road into the hills of Cleveland National Forest. This green alpine landscape can be explored on foot, bike or horseback.Be sure to swing by some lookouts for sweeping views of the county below.

How big is San Diego?

San Diego is pretty big! While it often lives in the shadow of its big sister, Los Angeles, San Diego marinates in approximately 965 square kilometres of sunshine, with a population of 1.4 million residents.

Where is Mission Beach?

Mission Beach is one of San Diego's top tourist destinations. Suntanned locals and "suncrisped" visitors meander along a stretch of coastal boardwalk peppered with bars, restaurants, and even an amusement park. Mission Beach is located along San Diego's famous shoreline, plopped squarely between laid-back Ocean Beach and hard-partying Pacific Beach. In more specific terms, it's 12 kilometres northwest of the CBD.