Stuck on a layover at the San Diego International Airport (SAN) in southern California? Located roughly three miles from downtown San Diego, the city is an accessible destination for those stuck on long layovers. If you’re trying to determine whether you can leave the airport during your North Carolina layover, click here for useful tips.
If you’re stuck inside the San Diego airport during your layover, you can take advantage of the passenger services available including a variety of restaurants and eateries, and local and national brand shops – a directory of the shops and restaurants can be found here. In addition, new dining and shopping options will be available at the airport at the end of 2012. The airport also hosts rotating art exhibits, and free Tarmac Tours of the airport and airfield (sign up for a tour online).
There are a number of lounges available at the San Diego International Airport including the American Airlines Admirals Club in Terminal 2 inside security (800.237.7971), the Delta Crown Room in Terminal 2 between gates 37 and 38 (800.221.1212), the United Red Carpet Room in Terminal 1, Mezzanine Level (619.231.5692), and the Neil Ash USO Center on the ground level of Terminal 1.
If you have time to leave the San Diego airport during your layover, there are a number of transportation options including car rental and taxis. There are a few public transportation options including Amtrak and Coaster, Metro Bus, and Trolley service.
If you have an overnight layover in San Diego and are looking for a place to spend the night, click here for a comprehensive list of nearby hotels at varying price points.
Layover Guide’s Suggestions Of Things To Do In San Diego:
This 16 block historic district of San Diego has something for everyone. With a ton of shops and restaurants, historic sites, clubs and bars, this area is a great place to stop off in between flights!
San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo is much more than your average zoo. With the bus trips, Safari Park, rare animal breeding centers, and impressive exhibits, it is a zoo experience unlike any other.
Mission Beach is a taste of California beaches at its best. Here you can take a dip, watch the surfers, stroll along the beach, grab a coffee, roller skate, or just catch some rays.
Cabrillo Tide Pools
This beachside mile long hike offers a chance to take a look in a series of tidepools and see some fun marine life including sea anemones, crabs, and tons more.
For tons more ideas of things to do during your San Diego layover, click here!