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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 23, 2016
Coronado Ferry to mainland for touring?  (1 Answer)

Two young seniors spending 4 days in San Diego in February and staying on Coronado. Will have a car. Is it advisable to take the ferry back and forth to see (walk/ taxi) some of the mainland sites? Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, perhaps, Balboa Park (Zoo), etc.? How about if we want dinner on the mainland? Or should we drive to most places? Itinerary not set yet.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 11, 2016
Money Exchange  (8 Answers)

We are spending a few days in San Diego before flying to Hong Kong and doing a cruise to China.
Is there someplace in San Diego we can exchange US dollars for Hong Kong Dollars, and Chinese Renminbi?

Thanks so much in advance for any help!
Greg Bouillon

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 25, 2016
Where to stay in San Diego for young seniors with a car?  (8 Answers)

Spending 4 days in SD this February before heading to LA. Looking either for a VRBO place or a hotel, preferably with a kitchen area for brkfast. No need for the beach as we live on one on the East Coast, but trying to find the recommended areas to stay with walkable restaurants when we return from our daily touring.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 21, 2016
Wheere is this place ?  (13 Answers)

I believe in Usa, i think California but really i don't know excatly where it is.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 26, 2016
cheap accommodation for 40 night  (5 Answers)

Hi, in october i have to go in San Diego for flight training reasons and i have to stay there for about 40 days, i really can't find a low cost accommodation even in El Cajon or La Mesa.. someone can help me ? (no hostel please)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 20, 2016
Sea World, SD to Yosemite via Death Valley in 2-3 days road trip with Family  (10 Answers)

I am visiting San Francisco for a short period from India. My wife, 4yr old son and I are planning a road trip from SFO to San Diego through PCH1 and return via death valley to Yosemite. Any suggestions over the return will be highly appreciated. We will have roughly 2-3 days to travel from San Diego to Yosemite through DV. We can start from Sea-world, SD in the evening around 6 pm as well. Please suggest.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 09, 2016
Family Holiday  (14 Answers)

Hi my husband and I and 3 kids aged 7, 9, 11 are doing Disneyland in September. I was thinking of a side visit to San Diego also. We have 7 nights for both - how many nights minimum should I have in San Diego? Also what are best transactions for the kids given their ages? Definitely want to do Sea World but not sure what would be best other options. Also after a well positioned hotel which will cater for a family of 5.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2016
Tour Languages at Old Town Trolley in San Diego?  (2 Answers)

Hello, at Old Town Trolley Tour, what languages do they use? Could you listen to the recorded tour at all? Is it only in English?' Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 13, 2016
Cheap oversea freight service in San Diego  (3 Answers)

Good day,

May I know which company offer cheap and realiable oversea freight service in San Diego? Will be sending parcel about 20 to 30kg back to singapore. Thank you.

Mr Tham

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 05, 2016
Advice on San Diego Vacation  (17 Answers)

Good Day to All,

I need advice for my trip to San Diego on 23rd July to 31st July 2016.

Total 3 adults travelling from San Francisco to San Diego.
1) Best recommendation whether to travel by Air, Train or Bus from SFO to SAN as we have 1 large sized luggage?

2) Any Cheap and reailable Car Rental Company in San Diego for 8 Days? Any hidden charges by car rental companies and should i take up the add ons package provided by rental companies? Any airport charges if i return the car at SAN airport?

3) Planning to drive to LA for a day, any toll fees on the highways and peak timings on the highways?

4) Places of interest in San Diego?

5) What is the expected weather during 23rd to 31st July 2016?

6) Any dangerous places or areas to avoid in SAN?

Thank you and appreciated all advice.

WY Tham

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 02, 2016
Best sd beach hotel  (7 Answers)

Any opinions on the best sd beach hotel? Looking for one reasonably close to airport with private beach and restaurant/bar. Prefer ocean view room. Do any serve drinks at beach/pool?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 16, 2016
Drive to phoenix  (15 Answers)

Ho everyone
Next month i will spend a week in California and i would like to know if is possible To drive to phoenix in a few hours and where To stay. Is there any outlet, attractions must to see? The landscape is interesting? Thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 29, 2016
Old Town area lunch  (7 Answers)

I want to take my granddaughters (9 & 8) out to lunch in Old Town to celebrate a birthday while we are there in Feb. Where would be a good place?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 03, 2015
New Year in SAN  (5 Answers)

I am planning on being in San Diego at New Year but I'm a little confused as to which part of the city I should be staying in. I plan on arriving on the 29th and leaving on the 1st. Any idea which part of town might suit?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 16, 2015
Hoping to find something  (3 Answers)

hello, my girlfriend and I visited Rio de Janeiro last year. while there she came across a beautiful bikini that regrettably she did not buy. it is birthday next month, and I was hoping I could get my hands on one. it was a tropical textured one, and they were being sold at the bottom of the Christ the Redeemer trolley place. any chance anyone can help? thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 18, 2015
4 nights at US Grant and only rent a car for the last 2 days?  (9 Answers)

Hi All,

I just wanted to run past through you my idea for my trip to San Diego next month. I'll spending 4 nights at the US Grant, therefore I was thinking of not renting a car for the first two days, and explore anything I can explore on foot. This is primarily to save the ridiculously expensive parking fee for two nights!

I would then rent a car for the last two days so that I can explore a bit more of what's further afield.

Does it sound sensible?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 02, 2015
Japanese Members for Best of San Diego Beer Self Guided Tour  (6 Answers)

Friends in the United States, I need your help!! (particularly if you have visited or are familiar with San Diego)

Some of the best people in Japan are coming to San Diego to visit breweries (you may have seen the pictures of their shop in Nagoya) - but I have never visited (I know I know, when I return ... )...

Their plan is to visit the best breweries in the area from 10/1 - 10/8. They would like to stay somewhere convenient and affordable, and will be using public transport.

What is your recommendation for places to stay and stay away from?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 31, 2015
visiting san diego  (2 Answers)

which area should i get a hotel in?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 25, 2015
Travelling from LAX to San Diego at night!  (18 Answers)


Would anyone be able to give some advice? Two 22 year old Irish students are heading for Lucky D's hostel on 8th Ave, San Diego on a Monday night. Our flight is scheduled to arrive in LAX (Terminal 2) at 19.15. We want to get to our hostel in the cheapest way possible, we have already told them we will most likely arrive late at night.

Our plan so far was to get a Fly Away shuttle bus from the airport to Union Station in LA.

If we arrive on time we could get the Amtrak train to Old Town San Diego, the last service leaves at 10.10pm. According to google maps it is about a 10 minute drive from the Old Town train station to our hostel, so we would get a cab. However, this is more expensive than a bus, it costs 74 dollars for 2 tickets, whereas the greyhound bus is under 30 dollars for two tickets! Ideally we would like to get the bus, but are having problems with the greyhound website - we can't figure out which stations in LA/ San Diego the LA to San Diego service serves! As in we're not sure which bus station to catch the bus at in LA, or where it will stop in San Diego.

If getting the bus, we would get a cab from Union Station to the Greyhound bus station in LA. I think the closest one is on East 7th street? And then get the greyhound express bus to San Diego at 11pm. It is hard to tell from the Greyhound website which bus station the service goes to, has anybody taken this route before? Ideally we want to end up at the bus station on 1313 National Ave, San Diego, as this is only a 15 min walk or 5 min cab ride from our hostel.

We have never travelled in America before so are very unfamiliar with the transport system. Any advice would be appreciated regarding which bus stations the Greyhound bus stops at in LA and in San Diego, and how easy/safe getting the bus is. Finally, anybody who has flown to LAX and gotten a Flyaway shuttle bus to Union station - how easy is it to find the Fly Away bus terminal? We are flying to Terminal 2!

Thank you :)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 11, 2015
Help! I'm new here in San Diego  (2 Answers)

I've just started a job right in the heart of San Diego - 4th and B street (BOA bldg) and hope some clever locals can give me a few ideas on healthy (not-too-pricey) lunch spots for a veggie. Also, cool hiding spots on the tops of buildings or in tucked away plazas to eat a lunch and escape. When I lived in San Francisco and worked downtown I had a whole slew of hiding spots, mostly public open spaces that few people knew about. Anything like that here? Rooftop lounges with a view, perhaps? Thanks!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Apr 03, 2015
4 days in San Diego. Restaurants, beach, bars, and what to see  (5 Answers)

I am 42 traveling to San Diego for 4 days. Could you recommend a hotel/area to stay walking distance from small shops, coffee places, bars and restaurants? I am not looking for clubs but instead for beach time and area to hang out. I love the beach so I am having a hard time to decide if I should stay in San diego downtown or maybe in the beaches around .. Like pacific or mission beach? I do need my good coffee places and bars at night.

And what would you recommend best to visit besides the Balboa park, Coronado and the zoo..
Many thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 23, 2015
Date ideas  (4 Answers)

I'll be coming to San Diego late in March and I was wondering if anyone had any interesting and fun date ideas? I'm pretty open to suggestions but anything slightly unusual would be welcome too! Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Feb 18, 2015
Admirals row  (7 Answers)

We are staying in San diego for a few days and will be going to Coronado tomorrow. It will not be warm enough for any beach activities so we are looking for things to do. I have heard to go see admirals row. Can you tell me where that is?
Any help and suggestions you can give would be appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 06, 2015
Pacific Terrace versus Ocean Park inn  (6 Answers)

We are a family of 4 with tween daughters. We are looking for an ocean front suite for June for 4 nights. For price consideration and location, I have researched the pacific Terrace resort and Ocean park inn. Anyone have comments which one is better for us or if we should go somewhere else?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 29, 2014
San diego-grand canyon  (1 Answer)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 17, 2014
Beach Time  (20 Answers)

My wife and I will be in San Diego the second week of December. We plan on spending some time at the beach but probably not in the water much if at all. I'm assuming it will be warm enough. Do we need to pack a blanket or something to lay on? Can you recommend any beaches.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 11, 2014
Unique, family-friendly attractions & restaurants  (13 Answers)

My family (kids are 4, 1) is going to be spending about 3 weeks in San Diego from end of Nov into Dec. We'll be staying in Mission Beach.

Would love suggestions for:
- great family-friendly restaurants (we love seafood, Mexican, Italian... almost anything!) - nothing to high-end fancy ;)
- attractions (we'll hit the Zoo & Safari Park, prob a day trip up to Knott's Berry Farm or Disneyland) - are there additional "off-the beaten path" kind of attractions that locals would recommend in/around the area? i.e. We would love to take our kids to a local fruit orchard.
- speaking of Knott's Berry Farm or Disneyland - for our kids' ages, we thought with short attention spans/naps, that they would prob have just as much fun at Knott's and with it being less expensive... it might be better suited? thoughts?
- shopping - if I can sneak away from the family, I'd love to hit up some great vintage/thrift stores, flea markets, fabric/sewing stores.
- farmer's markets - are any "better" than the next?
- transportation - we're renting a car. is parking/getting around fairly easy?

Any suggestions/ideas are welcome! Our trip is coming up fast and we can't wait for our kids to get to experience it!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 25, 2014
Need great agent to assist finding a rentals!  (1 Answer)

Hey VTers,
My son and his lady are relocating to San Diego for work and need to be there in 2 weeks. They love the Hillcrest/Bankers Hill/North Park areas and could use a local agent there who really knows the available rentals there and can assist. Either paid through them or the landlord - they know this is a service of value!
I know there are services for doing this with automotive purchases - surely there is a service for an agent who can know and show ALL the rentals, not just the ones in their firm. Any tips, suggestions?
DJ Starr

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 21, 2014
What to wear in November?  (3 Answers)

Going to So Cal for a week with my wife for our anniversary. San Diego, santa Monica and Hollywood what should we wear for November for dinners and local clubs for drinks? She will be asking soon what should I pack? Help please?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 17, 2014
Rental property  (10 Answers)

Im looking for a rental property in or around san diego
I was thinking of an over 55 community property like they have in Florida
I have $1800 for a months rent
Any suggestions

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