Dedicated to the Spanish Saint Didacus
Positioned along the Pacific Ocean on the Californian west coast, San Diego is a large cosmopolitan city of numerous attractions. Balboa Park is the site for many cultural treasures; visit the Museum of Photographic Arts and San Diego Natural History Museum or stroll around the gardens. The San Diego Museum of Art is home to sculptures, paintings and exhibits from South America - stop in at the gift shop and pick up a poster or print. The city’s rich theatrical heritage is alive on several stages; book a seat at Symphony Towers to watch the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, catch a show at La Jolla Playhouse and enjoy a performance at the Old Globe Theatre. The city has a strong Spanish influence which is visible in the architecture. Explore the first missionary at the Basilica Mission San Diego de Alcala and spend a relaxing afternoon at the Old Town San Diego State Historic Park.
San Diego is a contemporary city of skyscrapers, offices and a modern shopping district, yet a short walk through the many parks, museums and galleries will open your eyes to a lot more. Music, theatre and an energetic nightlife make this city a vibrant place to visit.
When To Go?
San Diego experiences an arid-Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summer months and mild but often wet winters. The weather between November and March is the wettest so be sure to pack waterproof clothing. June to August are considered the best times to visit with average temperatures reaching 26°C. Spring in San Diego is bright with few showers and temperatures of 20°C; the city is quieter during this period and discounts on flights are available.
How To Get There?
San Diego is served by San Diego International Airport (SAN), also known as Lindbergh International Airport located 4.8km (approximately 3 miles) from the downtown area. Domestic flights arrive here daily and passengers can fly direct from Dublin in the UK. Other European destinations require one and two stopover flights. San Diego International Airport is the busiest single-run airport in the United States and a popular commuter route for other cities in California.
San Diego is a popular destination for travellers from around the globe and locals looking for a fun and energetic break. Belmont Park, an amusement arcade, is set on the beachfront at San Diego where you can ride the rollercoaster or try your luck at the fairground stalls. A shopping centre and onsite restaurants appeal to the less daring visitor. San Diego Zoo is a spectacle divided into several areas including; Panda Canyon, Elephant Odyssey, Polar Rim and Lost Forest. Learn about the zoo’s successful conservation plan and breeding program from one of the friendly rangers.