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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.

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.

San Diego Vacation Packages

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150 West Broadway Map
4.1 / 5 390 reviews
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The Sofia Hotel is a historic establishment in the heart of San Diego famous for its Gothic architecture and chic accommodations. The lobby includes a lounge with food and refreshments, and the rooms are specifically designed for maximum guest comfort. Room amenities... More

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311 Island Ave. Map
4.0 / 5 211 reviews
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Guests of the Horton Grand Hotel in San Diego, California, will experience timeless elegance. This boutique hotel has been a Southern California institution since 1886 and was constructed by prominent local architects Comstock and Trotsche. Since the hotel s opening, it... More

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4.1 / 5 174 reviews
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The Bay Club Hotel & Marina in San Diego is a luxurious resort and private marina that is located on beautiful Shelter Island overlooking the San Diego Bay. Each well-appointed room is designed with elegance and emanates a subtle, nautical flair. The hotel features... More

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Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/Near SeaWorld in San Diego is the perfect home base to enjoy some of California's best attractions. As you arrive, you'll be drawn to the laid-back Southern California decor and charm of the hotel. A friendly staff stands ready to greet... More

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3737 Sports Arena Blvd. Map
3.0 / 5 374 reviews
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The 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 sundeck, as well as Garden Bistro & Bar, a... More

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3.8 / 5 275 reviews
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The Bahia Resort Hotel in San Diego is positioned along a private beach on a peninsula in Mission Bay. This unique location offers visitors a spectacular vantage point of the both the bay and the Pacific Ocean. The hotel features lush, tropical gardens and a large,... More

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4.4 / 5 225 reviews
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Pacific Terrace Hotel - San Diego San Diego gives guests the royal treatment in the city's most naturally beautiful area. The scent of the nearby Pacific Ocean is combined with elegant amenities that create an atmosphere of tropical paradise. You can choose from an... More

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2303 Shelter Island Dr. Map
4.0 / 5 463 reviews
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Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites in San Diego, California, boasts deluxe suites and inviting guestrooms accented by a glorious waterfront location. A full menu of amenities includes plush beds, contemporary decor, in-room massage services and 42-inch LCD... More

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3.3 / 5 307 reviews
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Located in the heart of San Diego's vibrant Little Italy district, the Porto Vista Hotel in San Diego offers travelers an exclusive vantage point of the best highlights in the region. Designed with a style that is reminiscent of the vintage Danish Modern trend, the... More

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520 E St. Map
3.9 / 5 67 reviews
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The building which hosts the Gaslamp Plaza Suites was built in 1913 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.Gaslamp Plaza Suites is located in the midst of the Gaslamp Quarter, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and nightclubs. The San Diego... More

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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.

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