Five spots in San Diego that are rumored to be haunted

You’ll find many ghost stories in San Diego, and we’re taking a dive into a darker side of history that still remains with us.

Cosmopolitan Hotel and Restaurant in Old Town san Diego

Rumor has it, some souls never checked out of the Cosmopolitan.

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Would it be Halloween without scary stories? We’ve heard spine-chilling tales set in San Diego, and legend has it, a few ghosts reside in the city. Let’s take a tour of allegedly haunted sites — it’s up to you to determine if these stories are fact or fiction.

The Whaley House

Dubbed “America’s Most Haunted House,” this Old Town site has a long history. Alleged spirits include homeowners Thomas and Anna Whaley, their children, and notorious thief Yankee Jim.

Hotel Del Coronado

This landmark’s history isn’t all Hollywood glamour — the spirit of Kate Morgan is allegedly a permanent resident. In 1892, the young woman checked into the hotel, but after “five lonely days,” she never checked out. Room 3327, where she stayed, remains The Del’s most-requested room. Learn more by taking a ghost tour.

The William Davis-Horton House in the Gaslamp Quarter

Lots of history is held in the The William Davis-Horton House.

The Davis-Horton House

Built in 1850 in “New Town,” this home is downtown San Diego’s oldest remaining wooden structure. Initially, William Heath Davis lived here. It was later home to Alonzo Horton, and then Anna Scheper who operated a county hospital out of it. Alleged spirits include Davis’ daughter Lillian Davis, Alonzo Horton’s second wife Sarah, a WWII spy, a meowing cat, and and unknown “Lady in Black.”

The Cosmopolitan Hotel

Built in 1827, this is one of San Diego’s oldest buildings and served as the home for pioneer Juan Bandini. Particularly, Room 11 is said to be haunted by Bandini’s daughter, Ysidora. She’s rumored to have fallen off the building, but survived after she was caught by Col. Cave Johnson Couts, who she later married.

The star of India ship on San Diego Bay

The Star of India might have some paranormal guests lurking aboard.

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Star of India

Built in 1863, this ship is said to have made 21 trips during which many lives were lost. Perhaps the most infamous spirit is English Army Captain McBarnett, who took his own life while traveling from New Zealand to England.

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