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Four things are taken very seriously in San Diego: sunset views, good margaritas, surfing and family time. When your vacation plans need a pick-me-up head down to the sunny U.S. border city where life is decidedly upbeat. San Diego vacations quench the need for fun and relaxation from Balboa Park to SeaWorld.

Whether you’re into marine life, military culture or craft beer, our San Diego travel guide is for anyone who likes sunshine in their life, even in December. Especially in December.

Best time to take a vacation to San Diego

  • One of the main draws of a San Diego vacation is that the weather is pleasant year-round -- temperatures range from 60 to 80 degrees. That said, there can be some distinct differences in the travel seasons. For example, the boardwalk from Belmont Park to Pacific Beach is a bustling family hotspot in summer and a quiet jogging path come fall. Grey skies in May and June are common, so August and September are better bets for sunshine and ocean temps that don’t require a wetsuit. October, February and March are in-between months when travel rates are lowest.

Insider tips for San Diego travel

  • Ocean Beach

    Hunt for antiques in the funky Ocean Beach neighborhood, followed by an evening stroll along nearby Sunset Cliffs.

  • Padres parking tip

    See a Padres game at the modern Petco Park without the hassle of parking downtown. Park at Qualcomm Stadium for free and ride the Trolley straight to the stadium.

  • Lestat's coffee shop

    Let 24-hour coffee shop Lestat’s be your window into the hip North Park/Normal Heights neighborhood. Lattes are strong and tongue-in-cheek gargoyle décor is a break from San Diego’s otherwise sunny personality.

  • Encinitas gardens

    Explore the (free) gardens at the Encinitas Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage and Meditation Gardens. You’ll be asked to keep voices down and cell phones off while strolling among koi ponds and peering over surfers from a pelican point-of-view.

  • Neighborhood Ale House

    Finding a place to start amid the country's best craft beer scene might be intimidating. Neighborhood Ale House (downtown San Diego) offers samples and an innovative California burger menu. Or make a day of it: Several brewery tour operators will pick you up from your hotel.

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San Diego Vacation Packages

Hotel only $70

1 Wyndham Garden San Diego

3 stars
2.9 / 5 324 reviews

3737 Sports Arena Blvd. Map

Save 20% on your stay

Intimate hotel located near Mission Bay with poolThe Wyndham Garden San Diego is located within a short drive of Sea World, Mission Bay and just about every other attraction north of downtown San Diego. The property features a heated outdoor pool and hot tub with a large... More

Hotel only $56

2 BEST WESTERN Seven Seas

3 stars
3.5 / 5 205 reviews

411 Hotel Circle South Map

Save 10% on your stay

The Best Western Seven Seas is centrally located on Hotel Circle in beautiful Mission Valley, across from the Town & Country Convention Center. Guests are ideally situated to visit many of San Diego's major attractions, including Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, Old Town and... More

Hotel only $78

3 Horton Grand Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 169 reviews

311 Island Ave. Map

International savings - Stay 3 nights, Save 30%

Historic San Diego hotel gives guest a glimpse of the past Located in San Diego's historic Gaslamp Quarter, the Horton Grand Hotel is the modern incarnation of two Victorian hotels that opened in the late 1880s. The hotel's oak grand staircase, marble lobby and antique... More

Hotel only $97

4 The Dana On Mission Bay

3 stars
3.9 / 5 447 reviews

1710 W. Mission Bay Dr. Map

Save 35% on your stay!

Ten acres of tropical parkland plus two pools on San Diego waterfrontThe Dana on Mission Bay is located on 10 acres of landscaped tropical gardens in the center of Mission Bay Aquatic Park. Water views are available from many of the rooms as the hotel is a short stroll... More

Hotel only $149

5 Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

4 stars
4.2 / 5 251 reviews

1 Market Pl Map

2 tickets for Old Town Trolley Day Tour

Elegance along the San Diego waterfrontFormerly known as the Grand Hyatt San Diego, the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego is under new ownership. It boasts a spectacular waterfront location right in the center of town along San Diego Bay. An inviting rooftop pool deck... More

Hotel only $169

6 Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

4 stars
4.3 / 5 228 reviews

333 West Harbor Drive Map

Rate includes breakfast

Stunning panoramic views of the bay, harbor and city skylineThe San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina is the centerpiece of the beautiful San Diego harbor and bay. Boasting 1,360 guest rooms, 75,000 square feet of meeting space and close proximity to the San Diego... More

Hotel only $119

7 Embassy Suites San Diego Bay - Downtown

3 stars
4.2 / 5 90 reviews

601 Pacific Highway Map

Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception

All-suite hotel in heart of San Diego with free breakfastLocation is everything for the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay – Downtown.  The property is located in the heart of downtown San Diego, a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center and across the street from... More

Hotel only $99

8 Lafayette Hotel and Suites

3 stars
3.1 / 5 332 reviews

2223 El Cajon Blvd. Map

Colonial-style mansion epitomizes elegance next to San Diego ZooDating back to 1946, the Lafayette opened as a popular spot for celebrities and movie stars to socialize for nights at a time. With live music in the Red Fox Room and Piano Bar, the property still celebrates... More

Hotel only $106

9 The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 314 reviews

150 West Broadway Map

Save 30% on 4 nights or more!

Sophisticated elegance in Gaslamp with business center and yogaThe Sofia Hotel was designed for business travelers. Guests enjoy the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. Other convenience-oriented amenities in this sophisticated... More

Hotel only $145

10 Hard Rock Hotel San Diego

4 stars
3.9 / 5 279 reviews

207 5th Avenue Map

Hip hotel with nightlife and music historySituated at the official entrance to the Gaslamp Quarter, the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is hip, cool and anything but ordinary. The rooftop bar has been voted the best in San Diego. Views from rooms below the bar aren't too bad... More

San Diego highlights

  • San Diego Zoo, Safari Park & SeaWorld

    Warm year-round weather keeps the animals happy at world-renowned San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and SeaWorld. Don’t miss the pandas, the African safari and the zip line. On a smaller scale (and free), tide pools and coves can be found along the San Diego shore from Ocean Beach to La Jolla.

  • Del Mar Racetrack

    What began as a thoroughbred playground for Hollywood stars in the 1930s is now such a San Diego summertime tradition that opening day draws over 40,000 people, all wearing elegant hats and fedoras.

  • Balboa Park

    What really makes San Diego the envy of other cities around the world? This massive park where 100-year-old Spanish revival buildings, the zoo, museums, carousel, gardens, walking paths and outdoor theaters are open year-round.

  • Old Town San Diego

    Salt-rimmed margaritas and hand-made corn tortillas remind you how close you are to the Mexico border. Browse craftsman shops to score unique finds like a tin lamp or hand-painted toy.

  • Family time in Carlsbad

    Find Legoland, good surf beaches, golfing and a seaside village. Visit during March and April when the flower fields bloom.

  • Surfing

    Learn to surf in the U.S. Mission Beach, La Jolla Shores and Encinitas -- three beginner-friendly spots where rentals and lessons are readily accessible.

  • Museum of Contemporary Art

    Spend an afternoon in posh La Jolla with some of California’s most exciting art. For an upscale post-museum meal with an elegant oceanfront view, George’s at the Cove is your spot.

  • Gaslamp District

    This culture haven in downtown San Diego draws fashionistas and wine-buffs to boutiques and specialty shops. Take a tour of the area's Victorian architecture and Gaslamp Museum. By night, the area is abuzz with restaurants, bars and clubs. Several hotels are nearby.

  • Coronado Island & beach

    This gorgeous seaside landmark is home to must-see Hotel del Coronado, San Diego Bay, art galleries, yacht marinas and more. Even getting there is fun: Passengers, bring a camera for the drive over the 2-mile, super-high bridge.

  • Military sites

    See San Diego as a company town for the Navy and Marine Corps starting with the hands-on floating museum USS Midway aircraft carrier.