Top 10 Reasons San Diego is a Better Tourist City than San Francisco

Friday, April 20, 2007, 10:58 —by News Gal

Tourists from all over the world choose California as a vacation destination. But many tourists differ when it comes to what city to visit in California. San Diego and San Francisco are both regarded as great cities to spend a vacation, but all San Diego travel accommodations are better than anything San Francisco has to offer. I will show you the top 10 reasons why San Diego is a better tourist city than San Francisco.

Sightseeing & Tours

1. Take a tour of the San Diego Harbor. The Harbor Cruise is a great family attraction.
2. Old Town is San Diego’s most ancient neighborhood. Enjoy an abundance of authentic Mexican restaurants, shops, and street fairs. Take the trolley tour to soak it all in.
3. Tijuana is just around the corner. Hop on the trolley and zip across the border for tacos and sightseeing.


4. Balboa Park boasts more than 25 attractions and museums. Bring the family by day for California history and Aerospace adventures; and friends by night for the “Culture and Cocktails” art exhibits.
5. San Diego is home to three famous parks: Sea World, San Diego Zoo, and the Wild Animal Park.

Beauty & Shopping

6. Couture fashion is taking this beach town by storm, inside and out. First pamper yourself at one of San Diego’s spas and salons, and then give your wardrobe a makeover shopping at San Diego’s finest mall stores and boutiques.


7. Downtown San Diego is booming with hot nightlife spots from dive bars, to posh lounges, and dance clubs.
8. From fresh sushi with friends to romantic gourmet cuisine, San Diego restaurants offer it all.

Beach & Bay

9. Pacific Beach, La Jolla, and Del Mar showcase the best sand and surf in California
10. Mission Bay offers an unmatched acquatic park- smooth sailing for water sports.

I admit eating a bowl of clam chowder and gazing out at the Golden Gate Bridge is a great experience, but I’d still rather be riding my bike down the Pacific Beach boardwalk in 75 degree weather any day. Sorry San Francisco, San Diego is the best tourist city in California.

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17 Responses to “Top 10 Reasons San Diego is a Better Tourist City than San Francisco”

  1. Top 10 Reasons San Diego is a Better Tourist City than San Francisco | water-sports said on Friday, April 20, 2007, 13:21

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  2. Kevin Tostado said on Friday, April 20, 2007, 15:00

    What’s Reason No. 6?

  3. MAS said on Friday, April 20, 2007, 16:18

    6 – We can almost count to 10.

  4. Matthew said on Saturday, April 21, 2007, 16:35

    lol funny no $6

    Sad to see Tijuana was #3….

    TJ is not that great… San Diego has loads more to offer than that… ranking 3 is just sad =\

    Since you forgot #6… maybe you should redo the top 10 list… and make TJ #11

  5. News Gal said on Monday, April 23, 2007, 11:51

    Oops! Counting really is a tough skill to master… but I think I got it right this time.

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  7. Matthew said on Thursday, June 14, 2007, 3:56

    I am tired of people making the claim that San Diego is better than SF and , when asked for a jsutification, citing SD’s great weather.
    Weather is important. But it doth not a great city make. The simple fact is that SF is a world class city which has made and continues to make authentic cultural contributions… where sacred music concerts are packed, intellectuals feel at home, and incredible diversity.
    I am an SD native. I love SD and think it had great potential. However it is marred by complacency in being a cultural backwater, a sadly “red-neck” world view, and lacks many traits of a real world-class city (e.g. meaningful public transit, noteworthy contributions to the arts).
    SF is by no means perfect. But it is a treasure trove for any curious tourist. San Diego might be better if you have a family with small children , or something. But if you’re a in your single in your twenties or thirties and looking for an adventure, SF wins hands down

  8. MAS said on Thursday, June 14, 2007, 6:21

    The women of SD are much hotter than SF grrls, who mostly look like angry little boys.

  9. saywhat said on Sunday, July 22, 2007, 3:44

    Sf wins hand dwn. Its a way better tourist city then Sd. More known throughout the world. Better culture and much much more

  10. Lisa May said on Tuesday, August 28, 2007, 15:55

    I am an east Bay Area native and moved to SD three years ago to start my college career at State and although SD has beautiful weather, SF wins by far. Most people enjoy SD for its intimacy in being able to know all the hip restaurants or boutique openings and every business opening for that matter, but location and cultural diversity is what makes SF so rich. The location of SF is also a primary benefit, it is surrounded by Berkeley and just a few hours from Napa. With wonderful architecture, lush green parks (Golden Gate park), innovative museums (De Young Museum), and a reputation of being a shopping mecca (Union Square), and the ability to cruise around near Pier 39, SF is incomparable to SD!

  11. Jeff said on Saturday, November 10, 2007, 23:03

    I am a native of SoCal, moved to SF a few years ago. I love San Diego, with great weather year round, Balboa Park, and San Diego Zoo (speaking on which, click on my link,, to see cute panda photos!). But it’s pointless to compare SD with SF, they’re just two different cities with differing strenghs. SF is a world-class city in so many ways. It’s not better than San Diego, just different.

  12. Simmons said on Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 20:19

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  14. Dixie said on Thursday, June 12, 2008, 5:28

    We are traveling to San Diego to celebrate our 29th anniversary…trying to decide where to stay. If choosing between a standard room at The Lodge at Torrey Pines and an oceanview room at the Scripps Inn in La Jolla, does anyone have an opinion which would be better?

  15. Go San Diego Card said on Tuesday, June 24, 2008, 6:12

    It is def. a toss up because both areas have there own personality to offer. We will just have to go and visit both areas and really feel which is better.

  16. Ricardo said on Friday, November 13, 2009, 21:31

    Yeah Tijuana! lol its funny to add tj at this time when tj is living its most violent stage in all tijuana history. yeah tacos are fine and all, but i myself have to admitt that its not the best time to visit tijuana, home is just not the same anymore, long gone are the Agua Caliente 40s where clark gable and dolores del rio used to spent their weekends, the hipodromo and galgodromo 60s the jai alai 70s the baby rock and liga mexicana del pafico (baseball) 80s and the all u can drink and sin at ave revolucion and coahuila street 90s. now the city is more violent than the 70s and 80s pablo escobar colombia version. even though there has been a hard struggle to make things appear normal, trying to bring AAA basball back and profesional soccer, and reviving the caliente. tijuana is hells living room even at day, impossible to tourist around knowing that you dont have a 30% chance of getting shot even at revolucion, a street that now is empty. tijuana is now dead!

  17. alex said on Friday, October 29, 2010, 10:05

    San Francisco is such a small and lame city I went there in July weather was just ok but you can’t beat the food, old town and how big and diverse SD really is you think my barrio is red necks you people are idiots it’s cuz you people only see downtown and very narrow parts of the 2nd bigest city and county in CALI. We have a viotnammese town we have a lil manila in national city, chicano park a great asian community in clairmont A big samoan community in ocean side a big urban area in South and south east san diego. A highly diverse area in east SD. Plus we got a harbor that serves great in commerce and in military. As well as 3 great world class universities.

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