Fly To San Antonio, Texas
Famous for its unique ‘TexMex’ culture, San Antonio brings to mind cowboys, old Western flicks and other such thoughts. It’s the seventh most populous city in the United States, and the second most populous city in Texas.
Cowboys aside, the city has plenty to offer business travellers, leisure seekers, families, couples and any other visitor. There are lots of interesting landmarks, with a good dose of art, history, scenery and modernity to suit every taste.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans do need a Visa to enter the United States. You can organise these via the US Consulate General in Cape Town (Phone: +27 (21) 702 7300), Durban (Phone: +27 (31) 305 7600) or Johannesburg (Phone: +27 (11) 290 3000).
- The South African Embassy serving Texas is in Washington, at 4301 Connecticut Ave, NW, Van Ness Building Suite 220, Washington DC, 20008. Phone: (202) 232 4400.
See and do
Attractions to check out while you’re in town include the McNay Museum of Art, Alamo Mission House, the River Walk, Tower of the Americas, San Antonio River, Bexar County Courthouse, Buckhorn Museum, San Antonio Children's Museum, San Antonio Botanical Garden, San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, SeaWorld San Antonio, Aztec On The River Theatre, San Antonio Zoo, the Japanese Tea Gardens, Brackenridge Park, Texas Rangers Museum, Splashtown San Antonio and the giant 40 foot tall cowboy boots at North Star Mall to name just a few.
Shopping is current for the most part, with plenty of shopping centres to spend the Dollars that you have as pocket money. La Cantera and Rivercenter Mall are two examples of typical malls in the city. As you may expect from a Texan city, cowboy culture reigns supreme – you can take home some of the Western magic with quirky gifts ranging from Stetsons to boots and everything else that makes you want to shout out a good ‘yeehaw’.
VIA offers a Bus Rapid Transit line called VIA Primo throughout the city – fare is reasonable, and it’s a simple way to get around quickly. There are 84 bus routes and 3 Downtown streetcar routes. San Antonio Amtrak Station has trains that run to various other areas in Texas, while car hire can be arranged at the airport too. Hiring a bike is another fun option, with a huge number of bike paths.
San Antonio International Airport – SAT
Food and beverage: There are Starbucks branches in arrivals and departures – perfect for a decent cup of coffee and a snack.
Currency Exchange: There are ATMs and currency exchange desks scattered across the terminal.
Lost Luggage: Report your loss at the Lost & Found desk in the baggage claims area.
Airport Hotels: The nearest hotels are Holiday Inn San Antonio- Int`l Airport Hotel, SAT Residence Inn San Antonio Airport Hotel and Hilton San Antonio Airport.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Dollar, Hertz, National, Avis, Budget and a few others.
Airport Hub: San Antonio International Airport (code SAT) is a hub for Xtra Airways, with many other airlines also operating from SAT.