Things to do in San Diego during Coronavirus (February 2021)

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February Updates on San Diego during Coronavirus

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For the latest conditions in San Diego during Coronavirus, you can view the city COVID19 Dashboard.


California is finally opening back up!

The continued downward trend of new COVID19 cases in California has allowed Governor Gavin Newsome to reopen the state. California has improved from the stay-at-home order and moved to the most restrictive purple tier, which indicates a “widespread” risk level. While in the purple tier, restaurants can open for outdoor dining.

San Diego is no longer under a stay at home order, and business have reopened.

Travel Smart To San Diego During Coronavirus

The Governor of California, Gavin Newsome, has issued strict orders for travelers coming to California. If you are traveling from out of state, you are recommended to quarantine for 10 days upon arrival in California. In-state travelers are welcome to travel inside California.

Many travelers, including myself, have traveled domestically and internationally and had no health issues during the pandemic. If you are safe and responsible, traveling to San Diego during coronavirus is still possible.

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How travel is affected in San Diego during COVID19

San Diego has been a city that has done a great job handling the pandemic and ensuring travelers can still have a fun getaway. Luckily, most of the fun things to do in San Diego are all outside, which is excellent for preventing the spread of COVID.

San Diego’s southern California location offers the perfect climate for you to relax during the long pandemic season.

One great thing about traveling during the current season is that the city is not as crowded as usual, so you can enjoy the beautiful weather and have lots of space, which is rare.


Travelers are escaping the cold weather and getting outside at San Diego’s pristine beaches.

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Flying During COVID 19

With so many great destinations to visit, you must decide where to go on vacation during Coronavirus that is safe and enjoyable. Many travelers are heading to the beaches or up to the mountains and escaping into the wilderness. Big cities and urban jungles are not where you want to be at this time.

When flying, every airline is different, so it is best to see its current policies.

I do have some tips for flying during COVID. Airlines require a mask during the entire ride, so it is best to use your most comfortable mask. Bring hand sanitizer to ensure your seating areas are clean. Planes are serving only snacks in a pre-bagged format, which you get handing while boarding the flight. Plan and bring your food and drinks with you before you get on the plane.

If you are traveling to San Diego from an international destination, you must present a negative COVID19 PCR test to enter the country. The test must be completed within 72 hours of arriving in America.

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Taking a Covid roadtrip

The Coronavirus has significantly decreased air travel but created a boom for travelers taking drive-to destinations vacations. Travelers driving cross country during COVID has been on the rise because most people are trying not to fly.

Traffic generally is down in most cities with most people working from home, so you should have open roads!

One thing to remember when taking a road trip during Coronavirus is that some businesses will be closed, so you may not see the hot spots you were planning on visiting. Always call ahead and see what kind of experiences local destinations offer, so you know what to expect. Some businesses may even have a particular new area setup, which can be extra unique to the overall experience!

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Things to do during COVID Pandemic in San Diego

What’s open in San Diego? Knowing where to go is crucial to know before planning your trip during these unpredictable times. The city of San Diego offered a current list of open businesses and closed businesses.

One of the hardest things about the pandemic is not being able to watch any live music.

As the year has progressed, you are starting to see more outdoor entertainment get created. You can find some live music and entertainment at the Ocean Beach Farmers Market and Drum Circles, which happens on Wednesday nights.

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Are beaches open in San Diego?

San Diego has California’s warmest and most beautiful beaches.  All of San Diego’s beaches are open and sunny as usual. The parking lots are open, so it is easy to get a spot for your car next to the beach. San Diego does not require masks outdoors or on the beach.

Learning how to surf could be a great hobby to practice while practicing social distancing for the near future.

Are Restaurants and Bars Open in San Diego?

San Diego is allowing restaurants to be open for outdoor dining, take-out, and delivery. Indoor dining is still restricted in San Diego. Bars are not allowed to be open.

It has been impressive to see all of the restaurants and bars’ newly designed outdoor seating areas on the streets in front of their buildings. San Diego’s beautiful weather creates the perfect atmosphere for dining outside.

San Diego Outdoor Dining Covid19Can you Dine in at Restaurants in San Diego?

No, current restrictions have banned all indoor dining. Outdoor dining is open.

Food delivery services are an excellent option for you if you hang out at the hostel and get hungry. You can use apps like GrubHub and UberEats to get the best local food delivered to your doorstep.

Does San Diego have a Curfew in effect?

No, there is not a curfew currently in place in San Diego.

Is the San Diego Zoo Open?

The San Diego Zoo is now closed for guests, but the animals are still receiving healthcare and being cared for.

Watch the San Diego Zoo Live Cams and see your favorite animals and up to during the pandemic!

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What Adventures and tours are open?

The sunny weather in San Diego has everyone excited to get outdoors and have fun! Plan on spending your days surfing or going for hikes. East County San Diego has numerous waterfall hikes that are breathtaking, including Three Sisters Waterfall and Cedar Creek Waterfall.

One great activity you must try in San Diego is heading out in the waves for a surf. Our friends at PB Surf Shop can hook you up with the best surfing lessons in San Diego. Our Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel is currently offering Surf and Stay Packages for travelers looking for a 3-day getaway!

Where does San Diego offer COVID testing?

If you are not feeling well or have a fever, it is best not to travel. If you are already traveling, San Diego does offer Covid19 testing throughout the county. View a map of where you can get tested.

Are Hostels open in San Diego?

A great thing about hostels today is that you can find private rooms and smaller dorm rooms, allowing you to have more space.

All the hostels briefly shut down at the start of the pandemic, but most have since reopened for travelers. Due to the rise in remote working, many hostels are hosting travelers with a coliving or monthly accommodation style.

The usual social activities hostels offer have been canceled or adjusted to practice more social distancing.

Most hostels have updated their websites with any current restrictions that may be in place due to COVID19. I would recommend calling ahead and confirming which rooms and experiences will be available at the different hostels across San Diego.

Traveling safe and smart is very important in today’s world. If you a precautious and do a little research on your trip, you can still have a great time in San Diego during coronavirus!

Cofounder of ITH Hostels. I love traveling, hosting, gardening, golfing, fishing, and sailing.

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