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Located in southern California this sunny city packs a punch. Get out there and take your best swing at some championship golf courses, eat and play at Belmont Park, explore historic Gaslamp Quarter or splash about in the warm Pacific Ocean. Forget your worries and come have some fun in San Diego.

  

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Overview

Whether you’re after a relaxing weekend getaway or an action-packed vacation, San Diego checks both boxes. Known for its dramatic sea cliffs, there are numerous spots to take in the sweeping ocean view, from Sunset Cliff to La Jolla Cove. A weekend drive down the coast alone is worth the visit. San Diego is also home to plenty of art galleries, delicious seafood restaurants and championship golf courses. If you're looking for more of a thrill, surf lessons are widely offered, or check out Belmont Park, a historic amusement park that opened in 1925. Who said history has to be boring?

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check-in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: U.S. citizens must travel with a valid government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license). Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, visit the website for the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require you to present a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit https://www.costcotravel.com/Info/Airline-Baggage. If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at www.cdc.gov/travel or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation, you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories and more, please visit the Web site of the U.S. Department of State at www.travel.state.gov.

Climate:
Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 58° to 77°
October through April: 60° to 68°

Water Safety: Tap water is safe to drink. Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15 - 20% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: U.S. Dollar

Time Zone: Pacific Standard Time

Telephone Information: Direct dialing for local and international telephone calls is available from most hotels and from most public phones.

Local Language: English

Transportation: Rental cars, private transfers, ridesharing services, taxis and buses are available. To determine time schedules for public transportation, please inquire at your hotel.

Top Experiences

  • Balboa Park : This historic urban park spans 1,200-acres and includes several museums, theatres and even the San Diego Zoo.

  • Belmont Park : Grab a cotton candy at this historic beachfront amusement park, open since 1925, and strike a pose next to the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster for that classic California selfie of your dreams.

  • San Diego Zoo : San Diego Zoo is committed to saving animals from around the world by offering a protected haven for breeding and specialized care. The conservation zoo is home to more than 3,500 species so make sure to give yourself plenty of time to say hello to everyone.

  • USS Midway Museum : Docked at Navy Pier, this historical naval aircraft carrier is home to an extensive collection of aircraft.

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