San Diego Travel Guide

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You're Going to Love San Diego

With cities like Las Vegas and Los Angeles around, it’s easy to forget about San Diego, but smart travelers know better. This Southern Californian city offers a unique blend of beach culture, modern urban life, and Hispanic American culture, making it a fantastic place to visit.

When the weather is sunny (and it’s almost always sunny in San Diego), there are beaches like La Jolla Cove and Mission Beach that have amazing surf, miles of sand and safe swimming conditions for the whole family to enjoy.

Back in town, there’s San Diego Zoo, one of the best in the world, fascinating historical sights like the USS Midway and Balboa Park, a lovely urban park that’s filled with museums, gardens, and amusements.

It’s also a great place to eat and drink, with local beers like Ballast Point and lively cocktail bars like Polite Provisions all vying for your attention. Basically, if you love outdoor living, history, and dining out, San Diego is the place to travel.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit San Diego

What to do in San Diego

Balboa Park
SeaWorld San Diego
Gaslamp Quarter
Seaport Village
Top activities in San Diego

When to Visit San Diego

San Diego vacation price trends

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The sunshine is pretty constant in San Diego, and even winter temperatures are mild (although the beach is probably at its best between May and September). Think about an out of season break in spring (try March to May) or fall (September to November) when there are fewer families visiting and the attractions will be less packed.

How to Get to San Diego

Airports near San Diego

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Where to Stay in San Diego

A lot of the best hotels are either Downtown or in the Old Town. Luxury options in Downtown include the Keating Hotel and the enormous Manchester Grand Hyatt. In the Old Town, check out the Old Town Inn and the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley for convenient, comfortable places to sleep. For a cheaper option have a look at La Pensione Hotel, on West Date Street, while for a hotel by the sea try the Crystal Pier Hotel & Cottages in Mission Beach.

Popular Districts

Most popular hotel in San Diego by neighborhood

Mission Valley

Where to stay in popular areas of San Diego

Most booked hotels in San Diego

How to Get Around San Diego

The Cost of Living in San Diego

Shopping Streets

Shopping is one of San Diego’s hidden attractions. Head to Mission Valley which has a huge open air mall that features major stores like Bloomingdale’s and Gucci. The historic Gaslamp Quarter is home to boutiques and craft stores (check out the Goorin Bros hat store for a great example). There are also plenty of fashionable clothing stores in affluent La Jolla, including boutique athletic brand Lululemon and Cinderella Shoe Clinic.

Groceries and Other

Generally, San Diego is slightly more expensive than the US average for groceries, and significantly more expensive in terms of accommodation. Expect to pay around $15 for a basic meal, $12 for a bottle of wine and $4 for 12 eggs. Shopping at supermarkets can save money, and chains in the city include Von’s, Albertson’s, Safeway, and Ralph’s.

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$44.99
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Where to Eat in San Diego

San Diego has two major gastronomic attractions. On the one hand, there are world-class seafood restaurants like the Oceanaire and Truluck’s. On the other, there are Mexican restaurants ranging from down-to-earth to upscale that are world class. Try the tacos at La Puerta or the huevos rancheros at Casa Guadalajara to see what the fuss is about. There are also excellent Asian eateries like J.Wok and Dumpling Inn, so everyone’s taste buds should be satisfied.