San Antonio Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(San Antonio, Texas - TX, USA)

San Antonio life offers a wealth of visitor attractions including galleries, museums and theme parks, not to mention historic monuments and buildings. Add to this the decent shopping, good nightlife and fine dining, and you have a city that's increasingly popular with visitors.

To make the most of your trip to San Antonio, it is worth planning your vacation using information resources including guides and travel tips from visitor information centers, as well as listings in local publications.

Tourism and Tourist Information

San Antonio offers excellent tourist information facilities and there are plenty of online sources providing free information, guides and travel tips. Tourist centers and travel agencies can assist you with travel information and details on attractions. Free guides, brochures, Gousha's free San Antonio City Map and tourist magazines are often distributed at these offices and in hotels throughout the city.

San Antonio Convention and Visitors Commission
Address: 317 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas TX, USA
Tel: +1 210 207 6748
Open hours: daily - 09:00 to 17:00


Over 300 languages are spoken in the USA, including over 170 that are indigenous to the area with the most commonly spoken language being English. Many different nationalities are well represented in the state of Texas, in the city of San Antonio and throughout America.


There are literally hundreds of languages spoken all over the United States of America. The most common language in San Antonio, Texas and throughout America is English.


Prior to your arrival, make sure you check with your nearest consulate or embassy to find out if you need a visa for travel to San Antonio and the USA. Visa applications should be made well in advance.


A range of non-immigrant visas are available for those that hope to work in San Antonio and the USA temporarily. Working without a visa is against the law in America and penalties are strict. Those intending to work in San Antonio should apply for the necessary working visa in their home country and may need some paperwork from their prospective employer.


Currency in circulation today in San Antonio, Texas, is typical of the United States of America. The American dollar is the official currency of the USA and is also referred to as a 'buck'. Dollar bank notes in the US are generally called bills, in denominations of $1, $2 (unusual), $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. The dollar is divided into 100 cents and coins come in denominations of 1 cent (penny), 5 cents (nickel), 10 cents (dime) and 25 cents (quarter) and a 1 dollar coin.


Tipping is commonplace throughout San Antonio and often necessary, unless the food or service has been poor. Restaurant staff do expect to be tipped around 10 or 20 percent, as do the city's taxi drivers. Bars in San Antonio appreciate some kind of gratuity and usually have tips jars on the counter. Hotel staff also expect to be tipped, which may be just a dollar.


When dining in San Antonio's many eateries, you will find that most operate a strict 'no smoking' policy. Smoking is also no longer permitted on all public transport.