$50 for 2.5-Hour GoCar Tour of San Diego ($103 Value)


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In a Nutshell

  • Self-guided tour with GPS navigation
  • Choose from two different tours
  • GoCars hold two people
  • Cars can park & take different routes

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Apr 6, 2010. Amount paid never expires. 1 per person. May purchase multiple as gifts. Licensed driver must be 21 and up, passenger 5 and up. May opt for insurance for additional $9. Must have credit card for refundable security deposit, $300 if insured, $400 if not. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Put your pocket tourman back in his protective cellophane wrapping—you won't need him to discover the bounties of San Diego with this Groupon: a 2.5-hour GPS-guided GoCar tour that "just might be the nation's next big tourist sensation," according to USA Today. Time magazine named GoCar one of the coolest inventions of 2004.

If you're tired of biking up 60-degree hills or making awkward conversation with Jerry Sanders at don't walk signs during a 2.5-hour tour of the city, go by GoCar instead. GoCar cars are little yellow GoCars that go by car on a GPS-guided GoCar tour through the Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy, Balboa Park, or pretty much any part of San Diego cars can go by GoCar. GoCars navigate and show you the way, describing the significance of historic sights (Fort Stockton, Rosecrans National Cemetery, Liberty Station) and cultural landmarks (El Prado museum complex, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego Zoo) as you zip past them. Choose from two different narrated tour routes: the downtown, park, zoo, and Old Town tour or the Point Loma and beaches tour. Or blaze your own trail: GoCars can go wherever you want, and they can park, so you can stop for photos, take detours on foot, grab coffee, or stop at a printer to pick up copies of your annual report.

You must be over 21 to rent a car, and rental requires a credit card for a security deposit that is fully refunded at the end of the tour. Driving a GoCar into the ocean for a better look at those sweaty, bleating sea lions is neither safe nor permitted. The cars hold a maximum of two people (prices are per GoCar, not per person).


Yelpers give GoCar 4.5 stars, and San Diego Magazine called it the best self-guided tour in 2007. Time magazine named GoCar one of the coolest inventions of 2004. USA Today reviewed it:

  • GoCars...are GPS-guided tour vehicles that tell drivers about the coolest San Diego destinations. – San Diego Magazine
  • "That was wild," she declares, whipping off the motorcycle helmet that is mandatory for renters. "I want a franchise." – Gene Sloan, USA Today

Smiles Per Gallon

As with most marketing ventures, GoCar went through a number of rejected names before settling on its sublimely straightforward moniker. Here’s a list of just a few from the discard pile:

  • FastGo
  • GoFast
  • DoubleFast
  • CarGo
  • PlaceGet
  • GoCarGo!
  • Professor Benita Garabaldi’s Urban Tourist Transport Solution Series Mark 9: “The Gamechanger”
  • DoubleBikes

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Even before you climb inside, the GoCar is clearly a car with a personality. The petite, three-wheeled two-seater has a hood that slightly resembles an eager-to-please smiley face, and an open top that seems custom-made for letting the breeze ruffle your hair. Then the real fun begins: built with the company's own software and a compassion for the voiceless robots of America, a talking GPS system guides two-seater GoCars through the city streets of San Francisco, San Diego, Miami, Barcelona, Madrid, and Lisbon with cheerful, info-rich narration. Second only to having a knowledgeable local jog alongside your minivan, tours zip along at drivers' own pace and accommodate as many pit stops as time allows.

Customer Reviews

We had one of the best days of our lives riding around town in our GoCars! The reaction we got from people on the streets was priceless!
Grace V. · September 12, 2012
It's a ton of fun. The tours are actually very interesting and is packed with a lot of information. The cars give you pretty detailed information so it's easy to find your way around.
Jerry J. · August 29, 2012
So much fun! Loved it! Easy&fun&worth the price!
Ella G. · August 29, 2012

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