Numerous large wildfires fanned by Santa Ana winds are blazing in the drought-stricken mountains of San Diego County, but travelers shouldn’t have much trouble with delays or closures. “Impact on visitors to San Diego is minimal,” the San Diego Tourism Authority noted on the morning of May 16. “All the region’s attractions, beaches and tourist offerings are open for business.”
The eight vigorous blazes, which are scattered around northern San Diego County, have blackened more than a combined 25,000 acres as of May 19. They’ve caused evacuations and school closures in some communities and have been responsible for at least one death in Carlsbad. Power outages related to this disaster forced LEGOLAND in Carlsbad to shut down rides on May 14, but the theme park is now fully reopened.
As of May 19, there are no standing school closures, highway closures or evacuation orders. Thankfully, the San Diego International Airport if far enough away so it has not been affected and is open for business as usual. Those traveling in and out of San Diego for business or pleasure might find it useful to stay in a cheap hotel near the San Diego airport, close to major attractions and far from any of the fire-related destruction.
Firefighters hope the balance is starting to tip in their favor as cool and moist onshore breezes begin blowing inland this week, replacing the unseasonable Santa Ana winds that have been fueling the flames. As of this morning, all of the fires are at least 90% contained, with full containment expected by May 22.
If you’re planning a trip to San Diego in the coming weeks, you most likely won’t be affected by the wildfires. The best course of action is to keep apprised of fire updates on the San Diego Tourism Authority website (www.sandiego.org) or the San Diego County Emergency Site (www.sdcountyemergency.com). It will also be best to avoid the areas of the county that were affected the most: Carlsbad, San Marcos, Oceanside and Camp Pendleton. The Camp Pendleton Marine Core base still has 3 ongoing fires, which are mostly contained, but as much as 18% of the base has already been burned. As our troops and local firefighters continue to battle the flames, you can support our country’s marines by visiting the Marine Core Recruit Depot located near Old Town San Diego. An affordable hotel near the MCRD will allow you time to visit the MCRD museum, historic Old Town San Diego and you’ll also be a few trolley stops away from Downtown San Diego.
What San Diego needs now more than ever is support from incoming tourists. With over $25 million worth of damage, even the most frugal of travelers will help boost San Diego’s recovery efforts. So don’t let these fires hinder your upcoming travel plans! Book your cheap San Diego hotel today at Marina Inn & Suites, located near Downtown San Diego to save money on your vacation without sacrificing your favorite amenities. Call Marina Inn today at 1-800-571-2933 to see how much money we can save you during your San Diego summer vacation.