San Diego Gay and Lesbian Vacations

Your gay San Diego vacation

California’s second-largest city is defined by its geography, with stunning beaches lining its coast to mountains and deserts inland to its border with Mexico. And beyond its family-friendly attractions -- among them the world-famous San Diego Zoo, its safari-like Wild Animal Park, SeaWorld and Legoland in nearby Carlsbad -- the city is quickly becoming known for its sophisticated hotels, dining and nightlife.  The city is young and athletic, with pronounced student, military and surfer populations.

Featured Hotels

LGBT-welcoming San Diego hotels

From $119

Inn at the Park

3 stars
4.1 / 5 71 reviews

San Diego, California

Historic all-suite hotel near Balboa ParkSitting on the edge of Balboa Park, the seven-story Inn At The Park is an independently owned, all-suite boutique hotel. The building itself dates back to 1926 and interior arches and moldings invoke a simpler time. Rooms are modern and spacious; even standard room measure 525... More

From $159

Andaz San Diego - a Concept by Hyatt

5 stars
4.1 / 5 37 reviews

San Diego, California

Urban chic stay in the Gaslamp DistrictLocated downtown in the historic Gaslamp Quarter, Andaz San Diego - a concept by Hyatt is in the heart of the shopping, dining and entertainment hub. Rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access, mini bars and free luxury car service in the downtown area. The hotel features... More

From $112

W San Diego

4 stars
3.8 / 5 128 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 10% on your stay

Chic hotel with spa and open-air lounge near Gaslamp QuarterThe swanky W San Diego sits on the doorstep of the Gaslamp Quarter, one of the most happening neighborhoods in all of San Diego.  The property features many of the same amenities found at other W hotels. The spa, AWAY, offers treatments designed to detoxify... More

From $126

Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 70 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 10% on your stay

Asian-influenced luxury at downtown hotelMove into luxury and sophisticated, art-filled style at Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel at the gateway to the Gaslamp District. Rooms are modern and sophisticated. The on-site spa invites you to relax and rejuvenate in remarkable style. The hotel boasts a swanky rooftop pool... More

From $99

Handlery Hotel San Diego

3 stars
3.5 / 5 168 reviews

San Diego, California

Business Advantage Flex - Same Day Cancel

Historic resort in heart of Mission ValleyBuilt in 1954, Handlery Hotel San Diego is centrally located near many of San Diego's most popular attractions. Guests enjoy a luxurious swimming pool and complimentary shuttle service to Old Town and Sea World. The hotel also sits next to the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Course and... More

From $169

Hotel La Jolla a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 84 reviews

La Jolla, California

Save 40% on your stay

Modern boutique hotel with views of PacificHotel La Jolla a Kimpton Hotel welcomes discerning travelers to a contemporary boutique oasis overlooking the Pacific Ocean in La Jolla. The resort is situated less than eight blocks from the water's edge, a short walk to downtown La Jolla and a short drive to Torrey Pines Golf... More

From $140

THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

5 stars
4.4 / 5 95 reviews

San Diego, California

Historic luxury hotel with restaurant in heart of San Diego  A luxury 5-star hotel, the US Grant is situated in the historic Gaslamp Quarter and features a variety of high-class amenities. Built in the early 1900s, the exclusive landmark building has been a popular location for dignitaries and celebrities. Find... More

From $95

Hotel Indigo SAN DIEGO-GASLAMP QUARTER

4 stars
4.2 / 5 159 reviews

San Diego, California

Boutique hotel with free Wi-Fi near the heart of Gaslamp DistrictSophisticated and swanky, the Hotel Indigo San Diego sits on the edge of the city's most exciting neighborhood: The Gaslamp District. This modern hotel is within walking distance to restaurants, bars and a variety of other attractions. All guests receive... More

From $111

The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 330 reviews

San Diego, California

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 and elegant property include mini refrigerators,... More

From $116

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

4 stars
4.0 / 5 178 reviews

San Diego, California

Big, yet intimate at stylish Gaslamp District hotel with shoppingDon't let the size of The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter fool you. Though the hulking property boasts 450 rooms, the lodging experience is intimate and cozy. Most of the refurbished rooms have striking views of either the cityscape or San Diego Bay. The... More

From $127

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

4 stars
4.0 / 5 213 reviews

San Diego, California

Includes WiFi & Parking

Sprawling luxury near shores of Mission Bay with spa and water slidesThe Hyatt Regency occupies prime real estate along the shores of Mission Bay, giving guests panoramic views of the water at every turn. The property, renovated in 2010, consists of three separate buildings that flank three outdoor pools. The luxury... More

From $128

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

4 stars
4.2 / 5 75 reviews

San Diego, California

Familiar luxury in Gaslamp Quarter with rooftop loungeSituated right next to Petco Park, the San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter offers familiar comforts in a small and intimate setting. The property underwent extensive renovations in 2009 and 2010 and emerged with an updated, sophisticated look. Indoor public spaces are... More

From $95

The Declan Suites

3 stars
3.6 / 5 78 reviews

San Diego, California

All-suite high-rise accommodation with vistas above San Diego Symphony Sheraton Suites San Diego at Symphony Hall is built atop the Symphony Hall itself, where elevators shuttle guests from the ground-level foyer to the sleek 12th-floor lobby. Amenities include an indoor pool and Jacuzzi, fitness center, and modern lobby... More

From $259

Lodge At Torrey Pines

5 stars
4.4 / 5 26 reviews

La Jolla, California

Stay 3 nights or more get 15% OFF

Situated adjacent to the 18th green of San Diego's championship Torrey Pines Golf Course, the Lodge at Torrey Pines is set within 6.5 acres overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Torrey Pines cliffs in La Jolla, California. In keeping with the early 1900s Craftsman-inspired style, rooms and suites feature custom-designed... More

From $132

Catamaran Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 456 reviews

San Diego, California

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 Atoll, the on-site restaurant, serves seafood and a... More

From $99

Bahia Resort Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 276 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 35% on your stay

Luxury Mission Bay hotel on private peninsula with seal poolSituated on its own 14-acre peninsula in Mission Bay, the Bahia Resort Hotel exudes privacy. The hotel dates back to the 1950s. Today it features a tropical garden and a seal pool with two seals on loan from the San Diego Zoological Society. The hotel also owns... More

From $103

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley/Hotel Circle

3 stars
3.6 / 5 47 reviews

San Diego, California

Rate includes breakfast

The newest Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley/Hotel Circle in San Diego, features the latest, contemporary Courtyard hotel design and amenities. You'll find easy-to-use technology, inspired dining, relaxing guest rooms and a sophisticated vibe. Whether traveling for business or play, you'll experience a... More

From $59

Kings Inn - San Diego

2 stars
3.7 / 5 439 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 50% on your stay

Family-friendly hotel near Sea World with discount tickets and poolFew hotels are as fun as the Kings Inn. The property, located minutes from Sea World and the San Diego Zoo is decorated in a medieval theme. Kings Inn has a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi tub. Two on-site restaurants specialize in family-friendly cuisine... More

From $169

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 67 reviews

Coronado, California

Rate includes breakfast

With stunning views of the San Diego skyline across the Bay from our hotel, Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa offers a comfortable atmosphere for relaxation and renewal. Our Coronado resort welcomes guests with its many luxurious on-site features, including a full-service health spa, convenience to beautiful sandy... More

From $71

Comfort Inn Gaslamp Convention Center

2 stars
3.5 / 5 62 reviews

San Diego, California

The Comfort Inn Gaslamp Convention Center hotel has been newly-renovated. View the new look of our guest rooms, lobby, and breakfast area and see for yourself. This hotel is the best value in downtown San Diego. All rooms include free full hot breakfast featuring eggs, meat, fresh-made waffles, yogurt, fresh fruit &... More

From $89

Porto Vista Hotel

3 stars
3.2 / 5 271 reviews

San Diego, California

Taste of Europe in San Diego’s Little Italy with rooftop yogaLocated in the heart of San Diego's modest Little Italy neighborhood, the Porto Vista Hotel offers a taste of Europe. The Mediterranean style hotel features an interior open-air courtyard and spacious rooms. All guests receive, complimentary Wi-Fi,... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay San Diego hotels

From $140

THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

5 stars
4.4 / 5 95 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 10% on your stay

Historic luxury hotel with restaurant in heart of San Diego  A luxury 5-star hotel, the US Grant is situated in the historic Gaslamp Quarter and features a variety of high-class amenities. Built in the early 1900s, the exclusive landmark building has been a popular location for dignitaries and celebrities. Find... More

From $126

Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 70 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 10% on your stay

Asian-influenced luxury at downtown hotelMove into luxury and sophisticated, art-filled style at Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel at the gateway to the Gaslamp District. Rooms are modern and sophisticated. The on-site spa invites you to relax and rejuvenate in remarkable style. The hotel boasts a swanky rooftop pool... More

From $95

Hotel Indigo SAN DIEGO-GASLAMP QUARTER

4 stars
4.2 / 5 159 reviews

San Diego, California

Boutique hotel with free Wi-Fi near the heart of Gaslamp DistrictSophisticated and swanky, the Hotel Indigo San Diego sits on the edge of the city's most exciting neighborhood: The Gaslamp District. This modern hotel is within walking distance to restaurants, bars and a variety of other attractions. All guests receive... More

From $111

The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 330 reviews

San Diego, California

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 and elegant property include mini refrigerators,... More

From $119

Inn at the Park

3 stars
4.1 / 5 71 reviews

San Diego, California

Historic all-suite hotel near Balboa ParkSitting on the edge of Balboa Park, the seven-story Inn At The Park is an independently owned, all-suite boutique hotel. The building itself dates back to 1926 and interior arches and moldings invoke a simpler time. Rooms are modern and spacious; even standard room measure 525... More

From $199

Tower 23 Hotel

4 stars
4.4 / 5 28 reviews

San Diego, California

Beautiful minimalistic architecture reflects tranquil beachfront locationPacific Beach is one of the premier California beaches and Tower 23 Hotel is on its breathtaking doorstep. The architectural design captures the essence of the beachfront location. Clean lines of glass glow sweetly by day and night define the... More

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Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Denver San Diego Tue, Feb 3 - Sat, Feb 7 $81
Chicago San Diego Tue, Jan 13 - Wed, Jan 21 $230
Minneapolis San Diego Wed, Jan 14 - Thu, Jan 22 $230
Seattle San Diego Sat, Jan 31 - Sat, Feb 14 $181
New York San Diego Tue, Jan 20 - Tue, Jan 27 $334
Washington DC San Diego Tue, Jan 20 - Thu, Jan 22 $290
San Francisco San Diego Mon, Feb 2 - Thu, Feb 5 $167
Baltimore San Diego Mon, Jan 19 - Sat, Jan 24 $350
Philadelphia San Diego Fri, Jan 23 - Fri, Jan 30 $351
Boston San Diego Fri, Jan 23 - Mon, Feb 2 $301
Indianapolis San Diego Tue, Jan 13 - Wed, Feb 4 $235
Milwaukee San Diego Tue, Feb 3 - Tue, Feb 10 $235
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San Diego highlights

  • Landmarks

    Areas every visitor should see include downtown’s revitalized and historic Gaslamp Quarter, historic Coronado Island and its famous Hotel Del Coronado (where the drag romp Some Like it Hot was filmed) and historic Old Town with its Spanish colonial architecture.  

    Massive museums

    Right near downtown, Balboa Park is the largest urban cultural park in America. Here you can while away a few days alone exploring the San Diego Museum of Art, the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Centro Cultural de la Raza, the Museum of Man, Mingei International Museum and the Museum of Photographic Arts.

    LGBT community

    Many visitors are surprised at the size of San Diego’s LGBT scene. Hillcrest, the epicenter of San Diego’s gay community, dates back as a queer haven to the 1960s. But the city has a number of gay enclaves, including University Heights, Normal Heights and North Park, all with LGBT bars and restaurants. Visit in the third week of July for the town’s huge Pride festival, with an outdoor dance party at the San Diego Zoo.

Insider tips for San Diego gay travel

  • Combine San Diego with a grand tour of Southern California

    San Diego is enough of a destination on its own, but the local tourism board has launched an ambitious gay and lesbian campaign with Palm Springs and West Hollywood to create a “pink triangle” tour of SoCal.

    Plan in advance for summer

    San Diego hotel rates can increase during the summer (roughly late May through late August), and reserving months in advance is a good idea. Keep in mind that weather is better in late summer than early summer, when skies can be overcast.

    Avoid LAX

    Even though you may get better airfare deals flying into LA, the money saved is usually not worth making the drive through traffic. A number of low-cost carriers serve San Diego’s less crowded and pleasant airport.

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