Things to do in San Diego during Coronavirus (November 2020)

Bobby Dyer
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Updates on San Diego during Coronavirus

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


San Diego is in California’s Purple Tier on the Coronavirus

Due to posting a case rate of more than 7 cases per 100,000 residents for two consecutive weeks, the state is placing the County in the Purple Tier, the most restrictive level of its system that limits activities based on risk of spreading COVID-19.

San Diego is being ordered to stop indoor operations at restaurants, gyms, churches and movie theaters starting Sat., Nov. 14 for three weeks. Retailers will need to keep customers at 25% of capacity.

Travel Smart To San Diego During Coronavirus

The winter is quickly approaching and snow has already covered some mountain towns with fresh powder. Many people and states are divided on the best the travel policies, it is best you do your research and make a decision for yourself.

Many travelers including myself have traveled domestically and internationally and had no health issues during the pandemic. You have enjoyed your time at home looking on the internet for the best vacation ideas during Coronavirus, and it is now time for you to plan your departure on your next travel experience.

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

The city of San Diego has taken measures to open up nearly all businesses, mostly with a little twist to the standard experience to ensure customer safety.

San Diego’s location in southern California 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. Water temperatures are getting colder, but if you use a wetsuit you can still enjoy surfing and snorkeling!

How travel is effected in San Diego during COVID19

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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 the airlines 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.

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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 are offering, 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

What’s open in San Diego? Where to go is what is crucial to know before planning your trip. The city of San Diego offers a current list of open businesses and closed businesses.

I feel one of the hardest things from 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. One place you can find some live music and entertainment is 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 right 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 we are practicing social distancing for the near future.

Are Restaurants and Bars Open in San Diego?

San Diego is allowing restaurants and bars that serve food to be open. It has been impressive and cool to see all of the bars have new outdoor seating areas on the street in front of their buildings. It makes you hope these bars and restaurants can keep the outdoor space after the pandemic.

San Diego has restricted bars and restaurants to only offer pick up, delivery, or outdoor dining only through December 2020.

Can you Dine in at Restaurants in San Diego?

No. New restrictions are going into place on November 14 for three weeks to not allow indoor dining.. Our friends at San Diego Ville has created a comprehensive list of dine-in spots you can eat.

Food delivery services are an excellent option for you if you are hanging 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?

As of the time of this post, there is no curfew in effect in San Diego.

In the early days of the pandemic, there was a curfew in place.

Is the San Diego Zoo Open?

Yes, the San Diego Zoo is open and has implemented additional safety measures for everyone visiting.

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

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The warm weather in San Diego has everyone excited to get outdoors and have fun! Nearly all of the outdoor adventure experiences and tours in San Diego are open.

If you are in Downtown, there are endless San Diego Bay adventures to choose from to have a great time. For a quick thrill ride, we love the Patriot Boat! You get a high-speed tour on San Diego Bay and come back refreshed by getting wet on some sharp turns and sprays.

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.

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 both 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 the majority have since reopened.

The usual social activities that you would find at a hostel have been 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!

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

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