About San Diego Ghosts

San Diego sits southwest of Los Angeles, just 20 miles from the Mexican border, and while it may seem like a relaxing destination with miles of beaches and warm waters, darkness lies within.

Today it is known for its climate and easy-going atmosphere, the amazing zoo, and world-class white-sand beaches. If you have been out for a busy day of Taco Tours or a Padres game, there might be something on your agenda for the night time. After the sun goes down the downtown comes alive, but before then, we have the perfect San Diego activity to help you get to know ‘America’s Finest City.’

Join us for our standard ghost tour of just under a mile around the atmospheric Gaslamp Quarter, just as darkness falls. Or if you feel particularly pro-ghosts, extend your tour and add another half mile and 4 additional haunted locations with fascinating histories and haunting presences around every corner.

Our tour will illuminate the often-overlooked history of San Diego while also showing you a side of the sunny city that you can’t find anywhere else. Even the best places in the world cannot escape death, and the early days in San Diego were extremely difficult for the pioneering residents.

In the beginning

The birth of the Gaslamp Quarter itself was a tale of failure and death. The brainwave of William Heath Davis, whose vision was to move the downtown nearer the deep, almost perfect natural harbor of San Diego Bay. But the idea stalled, and Davis died without seeing his vision realized. It took the arrival of the Transcontinental Railroad some seventeen years later for the new Quarter to get its real start.

Our tour will show you truly historical buildings and amazing architecture throughout San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. These buildings host a series of haunting and disturbing real-life stories. All of our stories are drawn from the history of our expertly curated locations, and each is backed by extensive research. Authenticity is incredibly important to us, and as a result, our stories have been thoroughly vetted to ensure they are historically accurate.

Horrible Hauntings

On top of our unmatched historical research, these forays into the dark history and alleged hauntings of each stop come from reported eye-witness accounts, both written and oral. We have included all of the information we could find on why these particular spirits may show themselves and where you’re likely to find them. While we offer no guarantees of first-hand paranormal experience, many guests have reported feeling these entities' presence. As a warning, you may see, hear, or feel things that you cannot explain. We’ve selected each stop on the tour because of the high amount of paranormal activity reported.

Whether you’re a firm believer in the facts of ghosts, a proud skeptic of paranormal activity, or somewhere in between, you’ll find something to enjoy on our San Diego Gaslamp Quarter ghost tour.

By design, our tours are extremely educational, but we never lose sight of the entertainment factor. You’ll learn more about the history of San Diego, including the history of some of the most influential Gaslamp Quarter residents. You’ll gain an appreciation for some of San Diego’s unique architecture.

Whether you’re visiting San Diego for beaches or business, our ghost tour will give you a unique experience of the city’s oftentimes gruesome, but always interesting, history that will have you talking for years.

Hitting the major tourist attractions can be fun, but you will undoubtedly love exploring the city's darker side that you won’t see anywhere else!

Gyovanna Monreal

Our tour was at 8pm and we weren’t sure what to expect, but ended up being pleasantly surprised. ... read more

Jul 22, 2024

baby coz

We had Dave as a tour guide and he was AMAZING!! super funny and friendly. Would definitely do again... read more

Jul 22, 2024

Dots McGee

We brought our teenagers for a spooky tour and got some fun San Diego history and mystery as a bonus... read more

Jul 15, 2024

Jessica R

We had a great time on the tour. Dave was fantastic and entertaining. The tour was full of history ... read more

Jul 08, 2024

Why is San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter So Haunted?

San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter has a long and varied history. While San Diego's history has largely been peaceful, death always finds a way. Early death's psychic pain is everywhere, and that pain manifests through both benevolent and malevolent spirits.

From the active ghosts of the Davis-Horton House to the mysterious hauntings of the Old Casino Theater, death and tragedy are woven into the fabric of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. In nearly every corner of this haunted district, a story or a piece of history leads back to the supernatural. While some of these spirits are peaceful enough, others prey on the vulnerability of the living to terrify and torment the current residents of San Diego.

No matter what draws you to listen to stories about the supernatural, our Gaslamp Quarter ghost tour will give you a unique and compelling experience that will leave you thinking of your time in San Diego long after you leave.


Remain calm.

Maybe it’s the weather, but everyone here (including the ghosts) are pretty calm, let’s try to stay that way on the tour.

Be polite.

If we all act like our grandparents were on the tour, we will all be good.

Do not provoke the spirits.

Ghosts do not appreciate being poked or angered; we are the same. Let’s keep it cordial.

Stay together.

We are proud to have not lost any guests yet; we don’t want you to be the first!

Watch your step.

The rolling hills of San Diego are not steep, and the Gaslamp Quarter is pancake flat, try to stay safe!