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El Campo Santo Cemetery Tours and Activities

El Campo Santo Cemetery
El Campo Santo Cemetery in San Diego’s Old Town was used during the mid- to late-1800s. As San Diego grew, the old cemetery was reduced in size and many of the graves were paved over to build a streetcar line and roads. Since then, tales of car trouble, ghostly apparitions, and shadowy figures have been reported.

The Basics
Visit El Campo Santo Cemetery independently or as part of a San Diego sightseeing tour to learn about its haunted history. Some of California’s early pioneers and infamous figures, such as Yankee Jim Robinson, were laid to rest at this historic burial ground. Explore what remains of the cemetery and take a look at the sidewalk and street outside for grave markers. The most widely seen apparitions are those of people in period costume.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • See the old cemetery as part of a San Diego tour.
  • Visit with a guide to hear tales of spooky ghost sightings and odd paranormal occurrences.
  • Wear comfortable shoes suitable for walking over uneven surfaces.
 
How to Get There
There are several ways to reach the cemetery, located in Old Town San Diego. Most visitors arrive as part of a guided tour or by public transportation—several bus routes and the Green Line trolley stop at the Old Town Transit Center, just a short walk away.

When to Get There
El Campo Santo Cemetery is open daily to visitors, and there isn’t really a bad time to visit. It’s worth noting that as the city grew, the cemetery was reduced in size and some of the graves now lie beneath San Diego Avenue and Linwood Street.

Haunted San Diego
While in the neighborhood, visit the historic Whaley House, located a couple of blocks away. Visited by ghost hunters from around the world, the Whaley House is San Diego’s most haunted attraction. It was built in 1857 on the site of the public execution of Yankee Jim Robinson, and some say his ghost has haunted the property and surrounding area ever since.
Address: 2410 San Diego Ave, San Diego, California 92110, USA
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San Diego: Old Town, Tequila and Tortillas Tour

San Diego: Old Town, Tequila and Tortillas Tour

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Taste your way through Old Town San Diego during this historical tour with culinary samplings. Visit a side of San Diego many travelers don't see and take a hike to California's birthplace. Tequila, tacos, and tortilla samplings included.
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Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego

Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Culinary Tour of San Diego

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Get your fiesta started in San Diego on a food and walking tour through historic Old Town. Visit some of the district's finest Mexican restaurants to sample tasty dishes, tequila cocktails, and hear mariachi music. Learn about the history of California and the Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans and gold rush prospectors that influenced Old Town's growth. You even hear some ghostly tales at Whaley House and an old cemetery. Get insider tips from your guide about authentic Mexican cuisine and other great places to visit on this fun tour.
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San Diego Scavenger Hunt: Old Town Charms

San Diego Scavenger Hunt: Old Town Charms

Let’s Roam is the #1 app-led scavenger hunt company. Walk to all the best landmarks and hidden gems, answering trivia questions and solving challenges. Work with your team or compete against them, as you learn new facts and create memorable experiences. Let’s Roam Scavenger Hunts are great as an everyday activity, or for bachelorette parties, birthday parties, corporate team building events and more! Each player chooses an interactive role, with challenges varying by person.
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San Diego Bar Hunt: Slammin' San Diego Bar Crawl

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San Diego Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

San Diego Ghosts and Gravestones Tour

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While San Diego may be best known for beaches and sunshine, the city does have a darker side. Delve into San Diego's haunted history on this trolley and walking tour through Old Town. Hear tales of gamblers, gunslingers, and other shady characters whose spirits are said to live beyond the grave, and be on the lookout for paranormal activity as you visit graveyards, historic buildings, the Maritime Museum, and the Whaley House — considered one of the most haunted homes in America.
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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
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Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour

Haunted San Diego Ghost Tour

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Hear spine-tingling stories about San Diego’s history and infamous residents during a ghost tour led by an entertaining guide. Visit five locations with supernatural tales behind their facades, and learn why San Diego is known as one of the most haunted cities in the west. You’ll join a small group that is limited to 14 people, traveling by bus and on foot.
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