Beer, BBQ and modern amenties in new Terminal 2 at San Diego Airport

Terminal 2, complete with a Stone Brewing Co location

Terminal 2, complete with a Stone Brewing Co. location


San Diego International Airport received a major upgrade with the expansion of Terminal 2, completed in 2013. The new terminal incorporates countless thoughtful touches for travelers, modern amenities, and great ways to pass the time and get in those last few minutes of San Diego before heading back home.

San Diego Airport Terminal 2 State-of-the-Art Amenities

Practical and Tactical

Expanded security checkpoint inside Terminal 2

Expanded security checkpoint inside Terminal 2

We’ll drool over the new food items and eye candy in a bit, but first the nuts-and-bolts. For a traveler, a great airport is one that is functional and gets you on your way promptly with your sanity intact.

Brand new seats inside Terminal 2 with easy access to power

Brand new seats inside Terminal 2 with easy access to power

Terminal 2 has incorporated loads of features to get you one step closer to home, though let’s be honest: we know you’d love just one more day in San Diego!

  • 10 new gates to handle more aircraft. More gates make for faster and smoother transitions for inbound and outbound planes.
  • A dual level roadway splitting arrivals and departures. This is far from a new concept, but it is done beautifully and will make the process much quicker for travelers.
  • Curbside check-in. The airport realizes more and more travelers want to skip the ticketing lobby and its long lines. You can now check bags and print boarding passes right on the curb.
  • A expanded security checkpoint. The most agonizing part of the airport experience for many should at least be a little faster when leaving San Diego. There are loads of lanes that can expand quickly to meet demand and keep the line moving.
  • New lobby seating that is comfortable and practical. The rows of seats have conveniently located on-board power to juice up the devices that will help you pass the hours until you arrive safely at home.
  • The terminal is LEED Silver Certified by the Green Building Council. In fact, the Airport Authority called the whole project the Green Build, and there are countless ways that the facility is environmentally responsible.
  • Six water bottle filling stations are set up to let you stay hydrated with nature’s most abundant natural resource after clearing security.

The Fun Stuff

Four-legged restroom in Terminal 2

Four-legged restroom in Terminal 2


The design of Terminal 2 is reflective of San Diego; open, airy, with lots of nods and winks to the culture and natural beauty of your favorite destination. Look for the animated LED lighting installation complete with animated birds flying overhead. The flooring throughout is a nod to the surf splashing along the San Diego coast.

We now have a bathroom just for dogs! Whether or not you’ll ever need it, it’s likely to be the most Instagram-worthy spot in the whole airport.

BEER! Oh, yeah, and food too.

Ribs, Tri Tip and Chicken await!

Ribs, tri tip and chicken await!

The airport folks wanted to offer local flavors to travelers, so they turned to some of San Diego’s best to make sure the airport represents the city’s flavor.

New food offerings include a local favorite, Phil’s BBQ, where you can get that last taste of their amazing cuts and sauce. San Diego’s famous Stone Brewing Co. also offers a very cool bar and dining locale. You can also try Saffron, the go-to Thai restaurant in town for many residents.

There you have it, another great reason to choose San Diego! Cheers to Terminal 2.

Grab your ice-cold Stone before boarding

Grab a refreshing Stone Brewing Co. craft beer before boarding


20 Reasons Why San Diego is America’s 8th Greenest City

Who says it ain’t easy being green? In San Diego, being green is a way of life. That’s why Travel + Leisure Magazine recently listed us as the eighth greenest city in America.

San Diego was voted as the Eighth Greenest City in America by Travel+Leisure

There are a few tidbits in the article that I wasn’t aware of, like the fact that San Diego County boasts more farms per capita than any other county in the U.S. All the more reason to enjoy the bounty of San Diego at the local farmers markets I love to visit on the weekends!

Here are 20 more reasons why it’s easy being green in San Diego:

1. San Diego was voted California’s #1 solar city two years in a row!  There are more solar installations in San Diego than in any other city in California.

2. The San Diego International Airport’s has begun its largest building project ever – and it will have Silver LEED status!

3. The Port of San Diego is committed to beautifying and projecting our bayfront, with the North Embarcadero Visionary Plan, which broke ground in January 2012.

4. With trolley, coaster and bus service, and now Car2Go (cited in the Travel+Leisure article) taking public transportation on your trip to San Diego has never been easier.

Balboa Park's Alcazar Gardens is a natural oasis in the middle of urban San Diego.

5. San Diego is home to Balboa Park, the nation’s largest urban park.

6. Ever wanted to get to know the environment up close and personal.  You can by going on a kayak ride with an environmental guide.

7. For water views and coastal eco-culture, you can’t beat Torrey Pines State Reserve with its rare pines, other worldly sandstone formations, canopied trails, lagoons and million dollar ocean views. Spanning over 2,000 acres, it preserves its namesake, the Torrey Pine tree, and other indigenous wildlife in its native environment.

8. Aptly named Sunset Cliffs in Ocean Beach is another local gem with 68 acres of bluffs and walking paths high above the Pacific Ocean. This large sandy beach also offers surfing, swimming, volleyball and other recreational activities, perfect for getting your heart pumping while surrounded by panoramic ocean views.

9. Sure we love our surf boards, but San Diegans are also very attached to our bikes. Whether it’s a mountain bike or a beach cruiser, hopping on 2 wheels is great way to experience this city – from La Jolla to Mission Bay to Coronado Island. San Diego Hike Bike Kayak Sports, Inc. offers the “La Jolla Plunge Tour”, which starts at Mt. Soledad and winds you down a 3.5 mile descent with breathtaking views of the La Jolla Cove and beyond.

San Diego has plenty of farmers markets to pick up fresh, locally grown produce all year long.

10. Did you know that  San Diego County has more farms per capita than any other county in the U.S.? With dozens of farmer’s markets each week, you can buy the freshest locally grown produce from these farms, and take advantage of the bounty of local farms.

11. Our restaurants and local chefs are committed to the Farm-to-Fork movement.

San Diego Zoo Global is the world's leading animal conservation organization.

12. San Diego Zoo Global is the largest animal conservation organization in the world. Dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide, they operate the world famous San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.

13. Traveling with children? Check out the New Children’s Museum – an environmentally sustainable building that utilizes San Diego’s year round weather, with lots of natural light and windows. Their educational and interactive exhibits are a perfect way to engage your kids, and to bring out the kid in all of us.

14. For more than 40 years, the Worlds of Discovery – better known as SeaWorld, Busch Gardens and Discovery Cove – have initiated and supported wildlife conservation, research and education at home and around the world. Upon visiting Worlds of Discovery, many guests are inspired to help protect the animals they encounter and get involved with wildlife conservation.

15. Hotel Indigo is San Diego’s first 100% LEED certified hotel.

16. Experience Birch Aquarium’s award-winning exhibit presenting the science of global climate change, backed by a half century of groundbreaking research from Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

17. Reuben H. Fleet Science Center  received LEED Silver Certification for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance in May of 2010.

18. Hornblower Cruises and Events works toward sustainability by purchasing green products, implementing recycling programs and building the innovative Hornblower Hybrid boat.

19. The Mission Bay Aquatic Center is 100% powered by the sun.

20.  San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park has a LEED certification, and they recycle 100% batteries, bulbs, ballasts, e-waste, plastics, glass, and metal. Plus, the Dinosaur Café serves organic, free trade, shade grown coffee products.