Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones: Taste the Flavors of California’s First Town

Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones: Taste the Flavors of California’s First Town

Authentic cuisine

with a side of the supernatural

On our Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones guided tour, we take you back in time to Old Town San Diego—also known as the Birthplace of California. Together with one of our expert tour guides, you’ll discover the events and learn about the individuals that led to Old Town’s current popularity as a cultural hotspot.

But don’t worry, we don’t believe in following the usual tourist paths when it comes to exploring a town so rich in history and culture. Instead, you’ll get authentic food tastings, elevated cocktail sampling, and a haunted location or two for an unforgettable historic Old Town experience.

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Tequila, Tacos and Tombstones combine food and history into one of a kind, unforgettable experience. Travel back in time with us as we explore the Birthplace of California and the events and people who have transformed Old Town San Diego into the cultural destination it is today. Come with us on one of the most in-depth tours of Old Town as your knowledgeable tour guide takes you on a journey through the historical eras, from the early Spanish settlements to the establishment of Mexican Independence to the California Gold Rush. Join us for a night of authentic food tastings, traditional cocktail samplings, and fun!

  • Old Town is known as the “Birthplace of California”
  • Learn about the early Spanish missionaries
  • Eat some amazing Mexican food at 4 local restaurants
  • Margarita and/or tequila samples at 2 locations
  • Enjoy haunted tales, mariachi music, lots of food, and fun!
  • Get your Fiesta on!

Rates:

Adults (Ages 13+): $75.00

Duration:

2.5 hours

Private Groups:

Do you have a group of 10 or more guests?  Contact us to book a private tour.

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TEQUILA

Old Town is steeped in Mexican culture and tradition, so of course, we had to mix some tequila into the tour. While we won’t be drinking shots, you’ll get a taste of customary cocktails made with different types of specialty tequila.

TACOS

Home to the establishment voted Best Mexican Restaurant for over 7 years, Old Town San Diego is a Mexican cuisine-lovers paradise, complete with the authentic, mouth-watering flavors of fresh homemade tortillas.

TOMBSTONES

No Old Town tour itinerary would be complete without some haunted houses and spooky stories to go with it. This tour takes you on a visit to the city’s oldest graveyard and what’s famed as the most haunted house in America: the Whaley House.

Explore + Experience

Our Restaurant Partners

2461 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110

Cafe Coyote is a staple restaurant in Old Town, and one of the oldest standing restaurants in the area with over 30 years in business.

2470 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110

Fred’s is known as a “funky and festive” Mexican restaurant with an American twist. They represent the melding of the two cultures with traditional Mexican flavors infused with a “northern” flare.

2548 Congress St
San Diego, CA 92110

They serve a quesbirria taco, which is a newer way to enjoy the traditional meat with a corn tortilla, melted cheese, and the birria meat topped with cilantro and onion

2467 Juan St
San Diego, CA 92110

The OT Tequila Factory is the highest restaurant in Old Town, offering guests the best views of the area.

2611 San Diego Ave
San Diego, CA 92110

A nice place to cool down during a hot day on the quaint, dusty streets of Old Town San Diego. At Old Town Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt shop, you can choose from a variety of different flavors to satisfy your craving.

2548 Congress St
San Diego, CA 92110

Elote offers one of Mexico’s favorite snacks, street corn. They are typically sold in little carts on the street.

Experiencing Old Town

has never been simpler (or more exciting).

BOOK YOUR TOUR

Who wouldn’t want a day full of cocktail samplings and tacos? All you need to do is book your tour date, we’ll handle the rest!

Travel in time

Head back in time as one of our tour guides recounts the rich history of Old Town San Diego, from the early Spanish missionaries to the California Gold Rush.

Indulge your senses

When you’re not absorbing the history, you’ll be indulging in the food and drinks provided by four local Old Town restaurants.

Get your Fiesta on!

Get ready for hours of delicious food, decadent cocktails, mariachi music, ghost stories, and so much more!

Experiencing Old Town

has never been simpler (or more exciting).

BOOK YOUR TOUR

Who wouldn’t want a day full of cocktail samplings and tacos? All you need to do is book your tour date, we’ll handle the rest!

Travel in time

Head back in time as one of our tour guides recounts the rich history of Old Town San Diego, from the early Spanish missionaries to the California Gold Rush.

Indulge your senses

When you’re not absorbing the history, you’ll be indulging in the food and drinks provided by four local Old Town restaurants.

Get your Fiesta on!

Get ready for hours of delicious food, decadent cocktails, mariachi music, ghost stories, and so much more!

San Diego history—with a twist

It wouldn’t be an Old Town tour without learning about the history behind this cultural destination. Our tour guides give you an in-depth look at the importance of this historic town, complete with haunted tales of the ghosts that are said to still be roaming about.

Authentic cultural experiences

Old Town might be one of San Diego’s most popular destinations, but we’re not here to take you along the usual tourist routes. When you join us in Old Town, you get a deeper look at San Diego’s rich history, cultures, and cuisines.

Food, fun, and just a bit of fear

With tequila, tacos, and some thrills, this tour is built for you to have a good time. But we make it even better. Our San Diego-obsessed tour guides are here to make sure you immerse yourself in Old Town’s history—and have loads of fun along the way.

Private booking for an enhanced Old Town experience!

Perfect for corporate events, birthday parties, or any other special occasion, groups of 10 or more people can book a private tour at any day and time and add on even more sightseeing stops or food and drink options!