About Go Visit San Diego

Go Visit San Diego is the best place to learn about premiere San Diego beaches, hotels, activities & attractions. Plan your trip with our expert suggestions!
About Go Visit San Diego
How it Came to Be
Who's it Good For?
How to Navigate our Site
Perfect Accommodations
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Coolest Hotels
Best Beaches

About Go Visit San Diego & How the Site Came to Be

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At Go Visit San Diego, you get insider information you won’t see anywhere else because our team is made up of real San Diego residents who have a deep knowledge, love and understanding of what makes San Diego one of the top travel destinations in the entire country.

The site was launched by Todd Sarouhan, who has lived in San Diego for the last 25 years. He has a deep passion for the area and everything it has to offer locals and tourists alike. This drove him to create the site as a resource for others looking to explore the city he calls home and check out its many attractions.

Go Visit San Diego was born from a love of travel, which also previously inspired the creation of Go Visit San Diego’s sister site, Go Visit Costa Rica. Alongside the Go Visit Costa Rica team, Todd created a long-standing travel site, which sparked interest for creating a similar site all about his current home of San Diego, California.

GVSD Team at the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum

The Costa Rican team comes to San Diego frequently, and they share Todd’s enthusiasm for travel and exploration. Together, they’ve compiled information showcasing the best attractions, hotels, and especially beaches, which are covered extensively thanks to the team’s love for the world-class beach and surfing scene found throughout San Diego.

Who is the Site Good For?

Go Visit San Diego caters to everyone looking for an authentic and fun-filled San Diego experience. Whether you’re a tourist or a local, you’ll find plenty of hidden gems, including hot spots and local history.

Kids Having Fun in the Sand at Seascape Beach in Solana Beach

Domestic travelers are sure to enjoy the gorgeous beaches and entertaining museums that are prevalent throughout San Diego. Even if you’ve been to the city 100 times, you’re sure to learn about a new experience for you and your family to enjoy.

International travelers will have just as much fun exploring San Diego, especially when you use the site to create your itinerary in advance of your travels. You don’t want to miss out on anything, so make sure to check out our lists of must-see attractions and the best, quality overnight accommodations the city has to offer.

The UTC Mall is Fun for the Entire Family

Even locals can use the site to craft the perfect San Diego staycation. We’ve combed through each neighborhood to gather hidden attractions and experiences, which makes Go Visit San Diego a great resource for those looking to plan a weekend trip, even if home is driving distance from the greater San Diego area.

Travelers of all kinds can find something in San Diego to love. Families, singles, adventure seekers, and business travelers are all welcome, and Go Visit San Diego will make trip planning as simple as possible so you can kick back and relax.

Your Guidebook for Travelling Through Our Site


Our extensive list of the 47 most important San Diego neighborhoods includes everything the traveler or staycationer needs to know about what makes each area special. From the sunny shores of Point Loma to the historic sites of Old Town, every neighborhood features unique experiences you can’t get anywhere else.


San Diego features over 72 distinct beaches, and we’ve traveled to all of them to showcase what each beach offers its visitors. Experience local surfing culture at popular beaches like Bird Rock Beach in La Jolla, or check out our lists of family-friendly beaches and the best tide pool beaches for even more options.

Daughter in the Nutcracker performance at the Del Mar Fairground at the Concert in your Car Series

Things to Do

There’s always something fun to do in San Diego, and we’ll help you find it! From whale watching to harbor cruises to ghost tours, you can check out museums, local parks and nature, go to the theater, and plenty of other attractions. These activities help to tell the story of San Diego.

Best Of

Want to know the best attractions to visit on different kinds of vacations? Check out our lists including best beaches, best luxury or family-friendly hotels, and the best spots for activities like hikes and romantic getaways.

Getting Around

Navigating an unfamiliar city when you’re on vacation can be a hassle, but it doesn’t have to be! We have guides on multiple different public transportation methods such as the trolley, coaster, Amtrak train, public buses, and ride-sharing services.

Featured Hotel
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Exterior view, Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
Near Bay
Near Bay
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Classic rock style gives a modern edge to Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. Located in the Gaslamp Quarter, this hotel is the perfect home base for your adventure.
Prices Starting at $189
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The Perfect Accommodations for Everyone

If you’re staying the night in San Diego, look no further than our extensive, information filled and picture packed pages on hotels!

We’ve carefully curated information on over 220 different San Diego hotels, breaking down important considerations when choosing your accommodations like descriptions, locations, amenities, what’s nearby, types of rooms, rates and more!

Don’t forget to check out our recommendations for the best budget-friendly hotels, hotels for couples, and best dog friendly hotels all featured as part of our Best Hotels in San Diego series.

You can also use our dedicated hotel search page to find lodging that suits all your needs. This page allows you to easily sort for hotels on the beach, in specific neighborhoods, near popular attractions, and more. The hotel search page includes maps so you can see where a hotel is located and how close it is to nearby landmarks like the San Diego International Airport and cruise terminal.

Popular Hotels in San Diego
Popular Hotels
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
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The Lodge at Torrey Pines
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Tower 23 Hotel
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Kona Kai Resort & Spa
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Save on Admission with the Go San Diego Pass

Kids Next to the Gorilla Statue at the San Diego Zoo

Many of the activities mentioned throughout the site will also include a link to the Go San Diego Pass. The pass is a great way to get discounted rates on admission to top area attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps, to name a few. The Go Pass also offers gear rentals for local activities such as kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, and more.

We love recommending the Go Pass because it really is the best way to get the most out of your trip to San Diego. The more affordable your trip is, the more you can see and do, and the more fun you’ll have!

Purchasing a Go San Diego Pass for the entire family in advance is a great way to lower the stress of trip planning as the pass includes admission to many of the top attractions in San Diego. Bundling activities together with the pass and enjoying its many discounts streamlines your trip and saves you money.

Additionally, on many of the pages on Go Visit San Diego we will thoughtfully suggest Go Pass-applicable attractions that would be perfect matches for different types of vacations. For example, if you’re on a family-friendly beach page, you might also be interested in kid-centric attractions like LEGOLAND California. This way, you can easily pair together different activities and plan a fun-filled trip with just a few clicks!

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San Diego Beach Tour
San Diego Beach Tour
Want to enjoy some of the best beaches in the world? Use your Go Pass and buy a San Diego Beach Tour. The half day tour takes you to La Jolla, seal beach, Torrey Pines and much more. You'll also see plenty of sea life, so bring your camera!
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Who can use a Go San Diego Pass?

Adults and children (ages 3 to 12) can use the Go San Diego Pass – All-Inclusive, Explorer or Build Your Own - to visit the area’s top attractions and activities.

Begin Your Fun-Filled Vacation!

You’re all set to start planning your vacation, staycation, or weekend excursion to San Diego! Use our site to explore available activities and decide which ones interest you most so you can have an unbeatable trip you’ll never forget.

Start by checking out a few of San Diego’s most popular beaches and hotels listed below!

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The Coolest Hotels

Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
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Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
from $325 / night
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The Lodge at Torrey Pines
Near Torrey Pines
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The Lodge at Torrey Pines
from $343 / night
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Tower 23 Hotel
Boutique Hotel
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Tower 23 Hotel
from $289 / night
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Kona Kai Resort & Spa
Family Friendly
3 Star Rating3 Star Rating3 Star Rating
Kona Kai Resort & Spa
from $189 / night
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Our Favorite Tours & Adventures
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
Birch Aquarium at Scripps
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The World Famous San Diego Zoo
The World Famous San Diego Zoo
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