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Beware of… In San Diego and Other Warnings and Dangers

Warnings and Dangers in San Diego Beware of…

San Diego is one of the most famed and popular cities in California. Despite its large population and the number of tourists that visit, San Diego has many warnings and dangers that visitors should be aware of.

Bad Neighborhoods

When you’re driving around San Diego, one neighborhood that might seem rather unsafe and to be avoided is National City. This neighborhood is located between downtown and Chula Vista. There are other areas to watch out for, though. Although you will probably not venture into these places, try to stay out of Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, Barrio Logan, Normal Heights, City Heights, and the areas immediately around them. There are some nice places to visit in those areas, but in general, don’t walk there after dark.

One of the risks posed by visiting these areas is that of vagrants. They might not seem dangerous, but many of them will ask for money or offer to sell you illegal substances.


Visitors to the city should avoid going to nearby Tijuana where the crime level is incredibly high. Tourists are highly advised to watch themselves and their wallets. If you go, it’s best to stay in groups and avoid going out by yourself. There are a number of risks posed by travelling to Tijuana that range from the prevalence of drugs to the potential violence that can break out.

The Maritime Exhibits

The Maritime Museum may be difficult for some people to see due to all of the stairs, steps, and narrow doorways. The catwalks make it easily accessible, but the ships themselves are not. So, if you or someone you are with has a disability, make sure you have someone to help you around the area.

Visiting the B39 submarine could be fun for most, but some might not be physically capable. The entrances or doors are round, high, and deep. They are like portals. This is due to the design, and allowed the crew to seal off one compartment from another in case of flooding.

Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about warnings and dangers in San Diego.      

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