Fly To San Diego, California
It might be the sun, sea, or wonderful climate, or maybe it’s the local craft beer industry that’s to blame; whatever the cause, there’s no doubt that time in San Diego runs at a relaxed pace. It’s a good thing too, because the vibrant Spanish and Mexican heritage is best savoured at leisure. The amusement parks, zoos and aquariums might draw in the crowds, but it’s the laid back attitude and good-living vibes that see them returning year after year.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to San Diego do need a Visa to enter the USA. Leave plenty of time for Visa processing, and make sure your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date, and that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The nearest South African Consulate to San Diego is in Los Angeles. 6300 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 600, Los Angeles, California, 90048. Phone: + 1 323 651 0902. Website: link2southafrica.com.
See and do
San Diego’s beaches are its pride and joy, and you’ll find swimming, surfing, and even clothing-optional varieties spreading for miles along the coast. Sailing, windsurfing and jet skiing are also popular, especially in Mission and San Diego Bays. Sailors can launch from Shelter Island, Coronado, National City and Chula Vista, and moorings are available throughout the harbour.
If you’re on the water in February, you might catch the migration of the California Gray Whales, which travel south along the coast at this time of year. If you miss them, there are still some great dive spots to check out, although the water is fairly cold, and visibility is not always optimal.
Favourite land-based attractions in San Diego include Balboa Park’s museums, gardens and zoo, the San Diego Safari Park’s 1800 acres of wilderness and wildlife, and Sea World – home of Shamu and many other entertaining and educational aquatic creatures.
The city itself has some lovely spots too. Old Town has a delightfully Spanish flavour, with historic icons and architecture adding to the vibrant atmosphere. It’s a great place to pick up local specialties like pistachios, Californian dates and unusual salsa’s - they make lovely souvenirs and gifts for people back home.
Downtown is more urban, and you’ll find a lot of restaurants, shops and nightlife here. Check out the San Diego Maritime Museum and the USS Midway Museum while you’re in the area.
Like most of Southern California, renting a car is usually preferable, but public transport can work if you’re willing to plan your routes. The buses and trolleys take longer than driving, and don’t all run late into the evenings, but you’ll avoid the annoyance of the metered parking that plagues most of downtown and the beach communities.
San Diego (Lindbergh Field) International Airport – SAN
Food and beverage: Hudson News, Ciao, Artisan Café, Peet’s Coffee, Ryan Bros Coffee, and Starbucks.
Currency Exchange: Travelex offers currency exchange services and can be found in Terminal 2 opposite baggage claim Carousel 3, and past the checkpoint near Gate 22.
Lost Luggage: Lost hold luggage should be handled by your individual airline’s help desk. Items lost and found within the airport terminals can be reported to the Lost & Found office, located in Terminal 2 West, and on the lower level.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Holiday Inn Express, Motel 6, Fairfield Inn & Suites and La Quinta Inn San Diego Old Town.
Car Hire: Car rental reservation boards are located near the baggage claim areas in Terminals 1 and 2. There are courtesy phones and shuttle transports that will take you to your chosen rental agent, free of charge.
Airport Hub: San Diego International Airport (code SAN) is a focus city for Southwest Airlines and SeaPort Airlines.