With a vibrant downtown business district and plenty of nightlife, dining and shopping to be had in the historic and atmospheric Gaslamp Quarter, book a flight to San Diego with Qatar Airways and discover a city full of surprises.
With hipster havens in North Park and East Village, a buzzing waterfront, and even a Little Italy with a distinctly European café culture, this city has it all. Fly to San Diego to relax on a top-rated beach, enjoy sweeping sea views and explore lagoons and parks in one of the country’s most diverse and attractive urban environments.
On a trip to San Diego you’ll find that the city and surrounding area has something for everyone, from fun amusement parks and a vibrant entertainment scene, to pristine beaches and fascinating historic sites.
SeaWorld is one of San Diego’s top attractions. This vast and colourful amusement park overlooks the oceanfront and features dolphin displays and many other attractions as well as dining options, making it a great destination for all the family.
San Diego Zoo is famous worldwide for its conservation work and its more than 4,000 endangered and rare animals. Its collection of 700,000 exotic plants is unequalled.
The museums and other facilities and attractions of Balboa Park is the biggest urban cultural park in the States, famous for its performing arts installations and stunning gardens, as well as being home to San Diego Zoo.
The kids will adore Legoland, which features more than 50 family rides as well as many hands-on shows and other attractions in its 128 acres.
The Gaslamp Quarter is a must-see on any trip to San Diego. It is the main entertainment, dining and shopping district of the city and has bags of atmosphere. If you want somewhere with charm and plenty of small independent outlets, this is the place to come.
The harbour setting of Seaport Village makes it ideal for relaxing over a long lunch and watching the working boats and yachts come and go. With multiple waterfront restaurants and numerous specialist shops, it’s a great place to just walk around.
Alternatively, experience a floating city on board USS Midway, a floating museum built into an aircraft carrier. Explore half a century of naval history in this huge ship’s many interactive exhibits.
Last but by no means least, the beaches of San Diego epitomise a way of life here, where locals and visitors alike can live out the Californian dream on sun-soaked golden sands.
Shops and restaurants are close by and many different water sports are always on offer, particularly surfing. Nearby towns of Del Mar, La Jolla, and Encinitas offer a great alternative to downtown and a collection of some of the best beaches in America.
San Diego has a great cultural and ethnic mix and this is reflected in its food. There are numerous steakhouses and seafood restaurants, and because it’s so close to its southern neighbour, the city has many authentic Mexican restaurants.
There are also many local specialty dishes here, and haute cuisine and border fare are also readily available.
You’ll find the most popular restaurants in the Gaslamp Quarter, La Jolla, Little Italy, Old Town and Hillcrest. Wood-fired pizza, street tacos, carne asada fries and enchiladas are all San Diego specialties and should be tried at least once.
The Gaslamp Quarter is the best area of the city to explore if you’re travelling to San Diego for the shopping. With a fabulous range of top international brands as well as independent outlets selling local produce, this neighbourhood has been a magnet for shoppers since the 19th century.
The Victorian buildings of this historic quarter often feature vintage settings and are packed with sweets and souvenirs, eyewear, brilliant accessories and chic headgear.
If you prefer shopping in the big malls, the best of these include Fashion Valley Centre, Otay Ranch Town Centre and Westfield Plaza Bonita, and there are plenty of others too.
When you book a flight to San Diego with Qatar Airways you will travel on a Qatar Airways operated flight to New York (JFK) or Chicago (O Hare International), and connect to San Diego with our partner airlines.
Flights to San Diego with Qatar Airways land at San Diego International Airport, three miles northwest of the city centre. Use the courtesy Shuttle service to reach participating hotels, or the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner public rail service.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to San Diego please check the visa and passport requirements.
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