Jun 062014

While we were in San Diego recently, Chris and I decided to go on the San Diego Ghost Tour in Old Town.  Chris’s brother & his family live in the area and they were kind enough to watch the gruesome twosome one of the nights so that Chris and I could go out sans kids.  They did the same thing for us last year and we wanted to go on the ghost tour while we were in  Old Town, but it ended up raining that night, so we never got to go.  This year the weather cooperated and we got to take the tour.

If you don’t know this already, I love ghost tours.  I have been on many of the tours here in New England and when I get the chance to go on one in a different city, I am all over it.

The tour left from Old Town at 9 pm and our first stop  was the El Campo Santo Cemetery.


san diego cemetery collage

Even though there were far less headstones, there are actually 477 buried there.  This is how many of the grave sites are marked:


Yup, that’s how they know where all the bodies are buried.

One thing that I found really interesting was that the cemetery used to be much larger, but they built San Diego Avenue back in 40’s right over some of the grave sites.  Word is that as many as 18 bodies are buried  underneath the street and sidewalk.  There are markers along the sidewalk on San Diego Ave to mark where they think the bodies are.

Poltergeist anyone?

grave markers on street

Next up was the Whaley House.  According to the Travel Channel’s America’s Most Haunted, the house is the number one most haunted house in the United States.  We were not allowed inside, so we spent some time outside the property while the tour guide told us the back story of the house.


whaley House

It’s supposedly haunted by a whole bunch of people, including Thomas Whaley, who was the original owner, but we didn’t see him that night.

If you watch the show Ghost Adventures, our last stop may look familiar.  It’s the Cosmopolitan Hotel. The Cosmopolitan is a hotel and restaurant located in Old Town San Diego and it’s actually registered as a National Historic Landmark.

cosmopolitan Hotel

We spent some time in the hotel bar, which is supposedly haunted, while the tour guide gave us the history on the building.


Here I am sporting my cool new San Diego hoodie that I had to buy in Old Town that night because the temperature dropped and I was freezing.


I can barely stand to look at this picture, but this is apparently a replica of an outlaw’s head that used to be on display inside the hotel back in the day.  I honestly can’t even remember what the tour guy said as to why the head was in a jar on display inside of an eating establishment because I was so grossed out that I just stopped listening.  I took this picture with my eyes closed because I was gagging at the sight of it.

Not too shabby for a picture taken blindly, huh?


Last, but not least, we spent a few minutes in the dining room of the hotel.  It is supposedly haunted, but again, we didn’t see anything.

dining room

At the conclusion of the tour, we were able to see photos, video and hear audio that Michael, the tour guide, captured in and around the places we visited.  That way we could decide for ourselves if what we heard or saw were something paranormal.

It was a really cool tour and I am so glad we were able to go during this visit to San Diego.

  102 Responses to “San Diego Ghost Tour”

  1. I love ghost tours too…pretty interesting history, even if you don’t see a ghost. The head in the jar is VERY creepy!! Great shot with your eyes closed! lol

  2. So you didn’t see any spooky ghosts, huh? I don’t do those kinds of things because I would pee my pants if a ghost ever appeared!

  3. Sounds like an interesting place to visit and was hoping you’d share that you saw or heard something from the haunted.

  4. That looks like a fun and interesting place to visit. I probably would only go during the day – as i would be too scared to go at night.

  5. That sounds creepy and utterly fascinating.

  6. How fun… I don’t know why, but I love a ghost tour too. I would like to see something or hear something if I went… but I guess that doesn’t happen most of the time.

    • I would like to see something too. It is like going whale watching and never seeing a whale. 😉

  7. Oh man! Bad enough I missed you in San Diego, but I also missed this one! There is so much to do in Southern California, we may all have to go back!

  8. We did one ghost tour on a vacation once…actually a ghost walk. But it was pretty cheesy, cheesy enough to have us cracking up. 🙂 Glad you got to take a tour in San Diego.

  9. Great tour I had a lot of fun and I got to take some pictures of orbs. It was very interesting to learn the dead bodies are buried underneath the street there.

  10. This would be really cool! I almost did a Ghost Tour in New Orleans but we didn’t have time. Other than that my only ghost experience was visiting the Villisca Axe Murder House a few towns over.

  11. This is so fun! We did a ghost tour in Savannah and it was so creepy! Glad you had fun!

  12. I must say – you are visiting some very cool places. Would love to tag along with you!! Ha!

  13. I spent a lot of time going to New Orleans growing up and always wanted to do a ghost tour there. This looks like so much fun!

  14. eww the head is creepy. Not into the Ghost tours but really interested in the history side of grave yards. Amazing that there are a lot of places that have been built over graveyards. I heard a story about a famous landmark here in Melbourne that is build over top graves. Not sure where it was now.

  15. very interesting!! so much history there, sounds like a great trip!

  16. Very cool. How awful about the sidewalk- too creepy!! I love ghost tours from the old wars.

  17. I love ghost tours, and from your post I have learned more about San Diego; a city I have only visited once. Thanks for sharing this!

  18. Yet again you make me feel like I so need to do more. what a fun thing to do!

  19. I’m So Totally Into This I’ve Gotten Tons Of Orbs In Pictures At My Home Would Love To Check This Out Bet It Was Fun But Creepy!!

  20. I have never been on a ghost tour but would like to go on one with Mr. M, minus the kids because it’ll scare the crap out of them and I’m not going to be the one to stay up with them all night!!!! LOL!

  21. I have always wanted to do a ghost tour and it just never works out when I am somewhere that has one! This looks like such a fun experience!!

  22. I’ve always wanted to do something like this! Thanks for sharing!

  23. That is really cool,I love ghost adventures and anything to do with ghosts.I am not sure if i would like looking at the head either real or not lol.

  24. I don’t think I would have liked looking at the head either that is creepy looking!!! That looks like a blast and lots of fun history!!

  25. I love visiting haunted places. I find it very fascinating. However I find it extremely disturbing that there was a street built over the graves of people resting in peace. Not so peaceful anymore. 🙁

  26. How fun! I’ve done the ghost tour in Plymouth, but that’s it! Looks like you guys had a great time!

  27. I don’t think I could go on a ghost tour! Too creepy!

  28. VERY cool but might be a bit too scary for me!

  29. There is a ghost tour in our city (Asheville, NC) that we went on a few years ago. My husband loves ghost tours!

  30. What fun! My dad loved ghost tours when I was growing up, I bet my boys would love this!

  31. How fun. I’m glad the weather cooperated for you this year.

  32. I have no idea why, but I love ghost tours. I’ve been on a couple in Charleston and Savannah. I would love to go on one in San Diego. I love that city!

  33. I’m a screamer so probably not the best person for this. I’d scare the living haha

  34. Jealous here! I love going on tours like that! When I lived in Savannah, GA they had a lot of tours of that nature. Here, not so much. There was a lot of Civil War, old houses, old churches, old cemeteries, and Spanish moss in Savannah, so it added to the spookiness.

  35. Wow! That looks like so much fun. I never done anything like this. I would be scared during it even though I don’t believe in ghost. A fun scared!

  36. How nice to get a date night! I think I would be interested in the legends but get a little freaked out by this!

  37. Bodies under the sidewalk?! Crazy! This sounds like so much fun!

  38. Looks creepy but I can tell you had a great time. Have a terrific weekend!

  39. TThis looks so cool!! I wantto go

  40. A little too creepy for me lol. My mom would love it!

  41. I have never been on one, but I would love to! I think going to one in New Orleans is at the top of my list though!

  42. I’ve always found the stories they tell so entertaining on these tours! That head is nasty!

  43. What a cool tour, I don’t know if I am brave enough to go though. I’m a scaredy cat.

  44. This looks like a great ghost tour. I went with one of my sister’s on a ghost tour in Ybor City last year. It was fun.

  45. I have always wanted to go on a ghost tour, but wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. Looks like you guys had a fun time.

  46. I find grave sites to be so fascinating! What an interesting tour, so unique.

  47. So cool. I saw this place on Ghost Hunters. You are one brave lady. I’m not sure if I would go on one of those tours!

  48. Ghost tours are so much fun. We visited a few in Charleston, SC.


  49. That is ridiculously awesome that you were able to go on a tour like that! Those things are always really fun and full of history!

  50. Oh my goodness! How awesome! My husband used to do a ghost tour every year in MA! He loved it! I am most certainly going to tell him about this. So cool!

  51. You are brave because stuff like this totally freaks me out! I know, I’m a wimp. Glad you had such a fun time!

  52. Looks so creepy especially the head in the jar. I don’t do ghost tours but it’s nice to know about it here on your post.

  53. I love doing ghost tours as well! I think it is so fun to learn about the history of a city mixed in with the stories. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  54. ew! Creepy! Sounds like you had a good time.

  55. I love tours like this!! there is one in my hometown – and I grew up right next door to a supposedly haunted house. I have been inside and I can definitely say: Chills!! I have no idea if I even believe in ghosts and such – but I looked to get spooked out by the stories.

  56. My sister in law would enjoy something like this. She’s done one in St Louis.

  57. That looks fun! I’m with you on the head in the eating establishment though…eww!

  58. Ohhh creepy, yet fascinating! I love a good ghost tour!

  59. I would love to do this! I really want to go to Salem, Mass someday too!

  60. That head is creepy! I can’t believe they mark graves that way!

  61. I’m always intrigued by ghost stories even though I get freaked out easily. Would totally go on this tour!

  62. LOVE the pics! I would totally want to do this tour with hubby, looks like fun!

  63. Ghost tour? Yeah see I don’t know if I could personally, thats too much like being in a real scary movie, but you guys look unbothered. I am glad you had a good time…I am a scaredy cat!

  64. I’ve never been ghost hunting or on a ghost tour. I’m not really sure how I’d feel about that.

  65. I’ve been to San Diego a number of times and never heard of this! This looks like a blast

  66. Augh! I don’t like thinking I’m around any type of ghost area! Creepy!

  67. This sounded like a fun night and I can see why you wouldn’t want to take your sons. That head was very gross. Very gross. But I am sure some people enjoy seeing that kind of thing.

  68. Seriously? You just scared me. They have one of these in Chicago too – or something really similar. I am very brave, until it comes to being very scary. HA!

  69. I have always wanted to do one of these tours but have been a big chicken. I can not believe they built a road over the graves, not sure what is worse – building over or moving. You took a great shot with your eyes closed – better than some my son has taken for me with his open, lol. Glad you two were able to make it to the tour this time.

  70. i would be scared no matter what! this looks like a lot of fun

  71. So did you see any evidence of ghosts in Michael’s videos?

  72. I’ve been there before, but it wasn’t for the ghost tour and it was during the day. I have such great memories of Old Town San Diego. Your photos brought back lots of memories.

  73. Ha, we walked around outside that hotel when we were in San Diego two years ago – I had no idea it was a historical landmark OR haunted! I’m kinda ok having missed the head – ew!

  74. Looks very creepy, but a fun date night! Looks like you two had fun.

  75. That is so cool! I haven’t been on a ghost tour, but I’ve been to haunted places. My family has its own ghost. It lives with my aunt most of the time. My mom did the Gettysburg ghost tour a few years ago, that’s one I really want to do.

  76. I LOVE ghost tours! So much fun with the family!

  77. I don’t think I could do this lol. But it might be fun….looks like you had a great time.

  78. Ghost tours are awesome they have them here in St Augustine. so fun to walk around in the dark looking for ghost.

  79. I am scared of ghosts and probably would not be doing a ghost tour any time soon. Lol. You guys are super brave. But looked like you had fun!

  80. That is kind of creepy that there are markers in the streets and sidewalks.

  81. I love supernatural stuff yet it’s weird I don’t believe in it; I would like to take a ghost tour!

  82. This looks scary but fun! I think I might be able to handle it, but not sure! LOL

  83. That’s amazing that there’s graves under some of the buildings. Some pretty cool history and finding in that city.

  84. I think ghost tours are great fun. I went on a couple myself in Louisiana. Very cool!

  85. That is so cool. I have always wanted to go to the Whaley house

  86. How cool! I live near Charleston, SC and have always wanted to try out a Ghost Tour!

  87. You are brave! I don’t think I could ever do a ghost tour, I get creeped out too easily

  88. You are much braver than I! I am scared just reading this!

  89. I loved visiting Old Town in San Diego!

  90. OMGosh my sister and family are in San Diego right now visiting, I’ll have to let her know about this!

  91. I love ghost tours too! I would so want to go into the Whaley house. Does anyone live there?

  92. I’ve never been on a ghost tour. I think I’d be too creeped out!

  93. Just looking at the first few pics gave me the creeps! Eeeeeeeps! Definitely not something this chicken would do!

  94. That is CRAZY! They think it’s just 18 bodies or could it be, like, hundreds? Remind me not to go there.

  95. That would be so much fun! If I ever get the other side of the USA, I would totally check this place out!

  96. I love this kind of stuff! Sounds like a great tour.

  97. I don’t believe in ghosts, but I wouldn’t mind going on a ghost tour. One ghost tour I have always been interested in going to takes place at Waverly Hills Sanatorium.

  98. I’m not one of those people that believe in ghosts and spirits, but my hubby is. I like ghost tours for the history of it all (and old cemeteries are really pretty).

  99. I did a ghost tour in New Orleans, it was fun because of the tour guide’s knowledge of history.