Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones Food Tour
San Diego, California, USA
- Tequila: Technically, this isn't a tequila tasting tour, but you will get to sample a few concoctions that put it to good use on this Old Town tour.
- Tacos (and more): Sample authentic Mexican cuisine at four Old Town restaurants, including one that has been voted Best Mexican Restaurant six years running.
- Tombstones & Haunted Houses: Visit one of the oldest graveyards in San Diego and learn its haunting past, including the tale of Yankee Jim. You'll also visit "America's Most Haunted House."
About this San Diego, California tour
It's a little bit spooky and a whole lot of delicious – a walking tour that will feed your hunger for the supernatural and great Mexican cuisine.
Old Town didn't survive hundreds of years of history without a few ghost stories. The El Campo Santo Cemetery dates back to 1849 and was once a sprawling necropolis, the final resting place of many early city dwellers. But it's only a fraction of its former size, because the city began to build over it. And you know what happens when you build over the dead.
Businesses and homeowners have reported strange phenomena over the years, particularly with electricity and electronic gadgets (which ghosts apparently love to mess with). People have reported seeing mysterious figures and walking through sudden icy-cold zones. You'll hear about Antonio Garra, Chief of the Cupenos tribe, who led an uprising of Native Americans. Garra faced a firing squad – and one of the members of that firing squad was none other than Thomas Whaley, whose house you'll also visit on this tour … a house that has been called "the most haunted house in America." It's a frightening tour, but a couple of cocktails can have a calming effect.
If this doesn't spook you, nothing will
Despite witnessing the execution, Thomas Whaley built his house on the site where James "Yankee Jim" Robinson, convicted of grand larceny, was hanged in 1852. Soon after his family moved in, they heard heavy footsteps throughout the house. Whaley thought they sounded like the boots of a large man – specifically, the 6-foot-3-inch Yankee Jim. And while Jim was the first ghost to haunt Whaley House, he's said to have plenty of company – including Tom Whaley.
Please make your way to Cafe Coyote: 2461 San Diego Ave, San Diego, CA 92110
Please bring photo ID. Drinks are served sample-sized and are not served at each stop. This is not a tequila tasting tour, so there are no shots of tequila.
This tour is not wheelchair accessible and covers about 1-1/4 miles of flat terrain.
Cultural, Walking Tour, Food and Wine
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.
Guests of all ages may participate. However, this tour is most suited to travelers 21 years of age and older.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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