General Reading 

If you’re heading to San Diego to enjoy the beautiful weather and the great beaches, pick up a copy of Beach Walking in San Diego County, by William Carroll, which gives detailed information about access, facilities, swimming, surfing and more for all of this area’s 120 miles of coast.  You may also want to check out his more recent volume, Beach & Park Access Guide for San Diego.

San Diego Legends: Events, People and Places that Made History, by Jack Scheffer Innis, is an entertaining collection of stories about the city and its important residents.  Richard W. Crawford’s Stranger than Fiction: Vignettes of San Diego History is a shorter but similar work.

Hidden San Diego, by Ellen Clark, gives inside tips about lesser known things that are under the radar of most tourists.  If you’ve visited San Diego before and are going back, this book should give you lots of good ideas for new things to see and do.

Paper Guidebooks

  • Frommer's San Diego 
  • Fodor's San Diego 
  • Insider's Guide to San Diego.
  • Lobster Kid's Guide to Exploring San Diego
  • Insideout San Diego City Guide
  • 101 Things To Do San Diego

Free Digital Guidebooks


101 Things To Do San Diego 

Arts Tix (discounted performing arts tickets for theaters throughout San Diego)

Balboa Park

Birch Aquarium

Discover Pacific Beach    

Gaslamp Quarter

La Jolla Travel Information 

La Jolla Playhouse 

La Jolla Blue Book Insider Guide

Old Globe Theatre

San Diego Attractions

San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art 

San Diego Zoo

San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau

Sea World