Every year, millions of tourists flock to San Diego, especially in the summer. Generally speaking, locals will tell you San Diego is a safe place. But we are a big city with a bustling nightlife, so there are a few basic safety precautions worth taking to ensure your vacation is memorable in a fun way. As a leading downtown San Diego hotel for summer breakers, we’d like to share a few tips with incoming tourists.
Know What Areas to Avoid
When you’re exploring on vacation, most people don’t know the good from the bad areas and it can be easy enough to wander into the wrong side of town. Do your research ahead of time and avoid locations that are isolated or away from tourist attractions. Know which streets to avoid and stay in areas that are well-lit with plenty of traffic.
Place a Napkin Over Your Drink
When you’re mingling with other people at a bar or party, place a napkin over your drink as you socialize. Although it may be a difficult habit to begin practicing or you might feel funny at first, holding a napkin over your drink (you can poke a hole for the straw) can prevent someone from easily slipping something into your drink the moment you turn the other way.
Rely on Taxis
Even if you “feel fine,” if you’ve been drinking at all rely on taxis and car sharing. Aside from the fact that this is just responsible behavior, San Diego sets up check points for all the big holidays as well as sporadically throughout the year, especially during summer months. Have the phone number of a local taxi company on hand ahead of time for a plan of action that ensures that you arrive safely back at your hotel without an accident. You can also reserve a hotel room in the Gaslamp Quarter, making it easy to just walk (or stumble) back to your hotel at the end of your night.
Go Home with Friends
One of the most common mistakes made on vacation is going to a party or bar with friends and leaving the event with a stranger. This can easily threaten your safety and make you vulnerable to a dangerous situation. Stick with your friends and have a buddy system in place to ensure that you don’t succumb to a stranger’s ulterior motives.
As with any vacation, it’s important to plan ahead (at least a little) and keep a few safety tips in the back of your mind at all times. For more safety ideas, or to book a downtown or Little Italy hotel, reach out to the Pacific Inn Hotel & Suites. We are minutes from downtown, the airport, and the convention center, and we also offer great rates and promotions. Call us at 1-800-571-2933 to learn more!