San Antonio Information
Home of the Alamo. Gateway to southern Texas. Whatever its claim to fame, San Antonio exhibits true Tex-Mex style. With Mexican-Americans making up more than half its population, the city’s heritage seeps into almost everything–the pueblo architecture, the mariachi music, and even the tamales. As for tourist pleasures, the downtown is small enough to stroll, the River Walk is an ideal stop for a waterside margarita, and local bars keep the energy pumping with live Tejano and country music.
There are many attractions and things to do in San Antonio, and many of them are centrally located downtown. The Alamo is very close to the Riverwalk as well. There are open markets (not on the Riverwalk) that provide a great local flavor.
Depending on what you plan to do, you may or may not need a car. I have visited many times without renting a car.
If your plan is to stay in a hotel on the Riverwalk, you can walk to attractions, shop, and eat in different places and not run out of places, and use taxi’s or hotel shuttles to get to/from the airport. If you want to see area attractions such as Sea World, Fredriksburg, or New Braunfels, it would probably be practical to rent a car.