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San Diego

Experience Your Best San Diego Vacation

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

San Diego Vacation Packages

Hotel only $74

1 Wyndham Garden San Diego

3 stars
3.0 / 5 403 reviews

3737 Sports Arena Blvd. Map

Save 25% Off

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 $65

2 Town and Country Resort San Diego

3 stars
3.4 / 5 277 reviews

500 Hotel Circle North Map

48 hour sale - Save 40% on your stay

Historic resort offers meeting space and a relaxing getawayLocated in Mission Valley, the circa 1953 Town & Country Resort Hotel is the largest privately owned resort and convention center in San Diego. The property combines the very best attributes of two worlds. On... More

Hotel only $97

3 Horton Grand Hotel

3 stars
3.9 / 5 227 reviews

311 Island Ave. Map

Stay 2 save 20%

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 $152

4 Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

4 stars
4.2 / 5 281 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 $139

5 Embassy Suites San Diego Bay - Downtown

3 stars
4.1 / 5 104 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 $129

6 Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

3 stars
4.0 / 5 489 reviews

2303 Shelter Island Dr. Map

Save 35% on your stay

Easy access to San Diego attractions from Shelter Island locationHumphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites is situated on Shelter Island, between San Diego Bay and America's Cup Harbor. The hotel is close to many of San Diego's tourist attractions and minutes from the airport.... More

Hotel only $169

7 Catamaran Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 513 reviews

3999 Mission Blvd. Map

25% Off

Waterfront hotel feature spectacular views and lush garden There's no shortage of things to keep you busy at the Catamaran Resort & Spa. The property gardens house more than 1,000 plants and dozens of exotic birds. Treatment options abound at the Catamaran Spa. The... More

Hotel only $81

8 Carlsbad by the Sea Resort

3 stars
3.8 / 5 184 reviews

850 Palomar Airport Road Map

Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel

Situated in the Best Coastal Location. * Carlsbad Premium Outlet across the street * Minutes away from gorgeous beaches, * Close to some of the most beautiful golf courses * 1/2 mile to Legoland Resort * 30 minutes drive from San Diego Zoo Safari Park,... More

Hotel only $129

9 The Dana On Mission Bay

3 stars
3.9 / 5 505 reviews

1710 W. Mission Bay Dr. Map

Business Advantage - Arrival Day Cancel

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 $179

10 Pacific Terrace Hotel - San Diego

4 stars
4.4 / 5 226 reviews

610 Diamond St. Map

Save 30% on your stay

San Diego resort overlooks Pacific OceanAs its name suggests, the Pacific Terrace Hotel is situated on bluffs between Mission Bay and La Jolla, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The hotel is decorated with a tropical theme and all of the 73 rooms include patios or balconies,... More

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  • 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.

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