About San Diego

Weather & Clothing Recommendations

Escape to San Diego! Known for its mild, year-round climate, the weather in San Diego is pleasant and allows for comfortable, lightweight clothing while the sun is out. If you are planning on a late night or an early morning, you may want a light jacket. Your plans for the day can determine how you should dress. The temperature varies throughout the region so you will want to wear appropriate apparel if you are headed to the desert or the mountains.



When you arrive at San Diego International Airport, taxis, shuttles and private limos are available to travel to your hotel. You may book transportation before you arrive or you may use phones located in Baggage Claim. If you choose to rent a car, shuttles are available to transport you to fleets and offices located on Harbor Drive. Travel time from San Diego International Airport to the Mission Beach area is about 10-15 minutes, so a taxi will cost between $20 and $30.


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The San Diego Trolley runs through Old Town, Mission Valley, San Diego State University, East County, South Bay, and to the Mexican border. Buses will take you to various points of interest in the county. Multi-day passes are available and may be used for bus or trolley transportation.


Activities & Points of Interest

For those staying in the Mission Bay/Beach area, the Mission Bay Park includes playgrounds, picnic areas, 27 miles of paths and Fiesta Island for water sports. Get a first-hand look at life under the water, enjoy rides and see a night show at SeaWorld San Diego. Take a ride on a roller coaster, the Giant Dipper or try the waves at the Wave House in Belmont Park. If you prefer the real waves and a surfing environment, take Newport Avenue to OB Pier and the Ocean Beach Antique district in Ocean Beach.

To enjoy the water without going for a swim, try a bay tour or dinner cruise.

Visit the San Diego Hall of Champions located in Balboa Park about 15 minutes from Mission Bay in the Uptown area. Then stop and see the rare and endangered animals at the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

The Gaslamp Quarter, located Downtown, offers 16 blocks of boutique shopping, diverse dining selections, and nightclubs in a turn-of-the-century Victorian, Western and Spanish revival neighborhood, complete with gas lamps and brick sidewalks.

Embarcadero is the waterfront of Downtown that provides visitors with a chance to see historic ships at the Maritime Museum of San Diego, Navy Sailors’ living quarters at the USS Midway Museum and the San Diego Symphony in Marina Park South.

Enjoy traditional Italian cooking from the bakeries and pizza parlors of Little Italy Downtown. For those wanting to try something new, Little Italy also offers Southwest, Argentine and Spanish cuisines. Honor the brave men of World War II at the memorial in the Piazza Basilone or pay tribute to heroic firefighters at the San Diego Firehouse Museum.

To find great seafood in a casual setting on the waterfront, visit Point Loma Seafoods, a fish market and restaurant. Go fishing or sailing in America’s Cup Harbor at Point Loma.

Take pleasure in the mix of harbor and skyline in the East Village of Downtown or take a tour of the home field of the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park.

For San Diego Chargers fans, head over to the Qualcomm Stadium in Mission Valley to see the Charger’s home field. Mission Valley is also a great destination for shoppers with upscale boutiques in the Fashion Valley Mall, outlets in Westfield Mission Valley Mall and specialty shops at the Hazard Center.

Take a ferry from Downtown to Coronado to see the National Historic landmark, Hotel del Coronado that  presents fine dining in Victorian architecture with oceanfront scenery.

Check out Café Mono for exclusive athlete deals. Café Mono features locally roasted, sustainably sourced coffee and fresh, made-to-order eats in Mission Beach. This is the spot to visit for featured daily soups, healthy menus and the best coffee in Mission Beach.

Belmont Park offers a variety of shops, eateries and activities to enjoy with your family when the race is over.  Take a ride on the roller coaster, or try your hand at some surfing while enjoying a meal at the Wave House.  Check out to plan your day.

Helpful Hints

  • San Diego beaches are family friendly and therefore; alcohol and glass bottles are prohibited on beaches
  • Smoking is not permitted at beaches or parks
  • San Diego has a curfew of 10pm for individuals under 18
  • California cell phone laws require drivers to use hands-free equipment for mobile devices (this does not apply to passengers)
  • Children under the age of 6 and less than 60lbs must be in a safety restraint device
  • If you are unable to locate your vehicle, please contact 619.531.2000 to determine if your vehicle has been towed or stolen.

History of San Diego

Settled by Spaniards in 1769, San Diego was the first of the California Missions, founded by Father Junipero Serra in order to Christianize Native Americans. What is now known as California, including San Diego, became part of Mexico when it achieved independence from Spain in 1821. After the United States victory in the Battle of San Pasqual, the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo surrendered California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas to the United States.

San Diego became a city on March 27, 1850 with elected and appointed officials. After two years, the city went bankrupt, and the government was replaced with a small Board of Trustees controlled by the state until 1876. Between 1887 and 1931, San Diego went through many government changes and countless new Charters. In 1931, a new Charter was written and adopted by voters, which remains in effect today, with revisions.