San Diego Flights:
Flights to San Diego
San Diego is a coastal city in southern California close to the border with Mexico. It is world renowned for its great climate, sailing, visitor attractions and for being an alternative to the crowded city of Los Angeles, which is a little further north.
Several airlines offer flights from South Africa to San Diego, some with two stops and some with just one stop en-route. Those with one stop flying from Johannesburg include United Airlines and South African Airways, both flights are via Washington. Alternative airlines with two stops include American Airlines, Delta, Virgin Atlantic and Lufthansa.
You can also catch a flight from Cape Town, though these all involve two stops. Airlines offering this route are Delta, United Airlines, SAA and BMI.
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The Tourist Attractions in San Diego:
One of San Diego’s most popular attractions is the world renowned San Diego Zoo. This is situated in an area of the city called Balboa Park, which is a huge urban park and includes several attractions in addition to the zoo.
San Diego Zoo is a massive zoo and can easily take up a whole day! Double decker buses take you on tours around it, plus other routes which connect one part to another to save your feet. There’s also a Skyfari aerial tram which takes you from one side of the zoo to the other, and is worth going on simply for the views of the zoo below you! There are many exotic animals here including pandas, tigers, kangaroos, koalas, reptiles, hundreds of bird species as well as a variety of different exhibits like an African rain forest and an arctic area. There’s also a Children’s Zoo which has many farm animals where the children can get up close to.
In addition to the zoo there are numerous museums in this part of San Diego. The San Diego Natural History Museum is great for dinosaur fans as there are many skeletons here. The San Diego Museum of Man is a very interesting look at anthropology. The San Diego Air and Space Museum is also popular, whilst the Museum of San Diego History gives you more of a local look at history. There are also many other museums in addition to these, including art museums. You could in fact spend several days just seeing all of San Diego’s attractions in this part of the city!
Another of San Diego’s most popular attractions is Sea World. This is the official home of the famous killer whale, Shamu, and there are various shows and displays in which visitors can find out more about the world’s oceans and their inhabitants.
The Old Town of San Diego is very popular with tourists. This is where the city began and it features a number of preserved buildings including the San Diego Courthouse from 1847, a historic adobe house which has been restored, called La Casa de Estudillo as well as museums, ghost tours and trolley tours.
With its coastal location, San Diego has many miles of good beaches which are nice for swimming. Surfing is also popular, and sailing and other boating is hugely popular too. There are several good scuba diving opportunities in the area as well.
When Should You Visit?:
San Diego has a warm climate all year round, making it the perfect place for a summer or winter holiday. Temperatures don’t get stupidly hot during the summer because the coastal proximity regulates them. August and September are the warmest months with average highs of 25C (77F), though from December through March the temperature remains constant at around a high of 19C (66F).
Rainfall in San Diego is very low and the norm is to have no precipitation at all between May and October.