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 $161

Inn at the Park

3 stars
4.0 / 5 73 reviews

San Diego, California

Sitting 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 square feet. Guests enjoy different... More

From $202

Andaz San Diego

5 stars
4.1 / 5 37 reviews

San Diego, California

Located 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 valet parking, a 24-hour gym and rooftop... More

From $167

W San Diego

4 stars
3.9 / 5 133 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 10% on your stay

The 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 and release tension. The pool, WET, is surrounded by... More

From $178

Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 69 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 10% on your stay

Move 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 lounge open to the public and its on-site... More

From $127

Handlery Hotel San Diego

3 stars
3.5 / 5 166 reviews

San Diego, California

Business Advantage Flex - Same Day Cancel

Built 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 Driving Range. The on-site restaurant,... More

From $187

Hotel La Jolla a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 79 reviews

La Jolla, California

Save 40% on your stay

Hotel 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 Course; a draw for holidaymakers looking to... More

From $201

THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

5 stars
4.3 / 5 96 reviews

San Diego, California

  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 stunning architecture throughout, including sparkling... More

From $128

Hotel Indigo SAN DIEGO-GASLAMP QUARTER

4 stars
4.3 / 5 164 reviews

San Diego, California

Sophisticated 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 complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. The on-site... More

From $122

The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 371 reviews

San Diego, California

The 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, laptop-sized in-room safes and more. Situated on the edge of... More

From $167

The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter

4 stars
4.0 / 5 166 reviews

San Diego, California

Don'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 hotel sits adjacent to Horton Plaza, one of the biggest shopping... More

From $151

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

4 stars
4.0 / 5 205 reviews

San Diego, California

Includes WiFi & Parking

The 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 hotel also boasts a full-service marina and an eco-friendly spa. The... More

From $190

San Diego Marriott Gaslamp Quarter

4 stars
4.2 / 5 76 reviews

San Diego, California

Situated 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 bright and airy. An open-air, rooftop lounge sits 22... More

From $122

The Declan Suites

3 stars
3.7 / 5 79 reviews

San Diego, California

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 lounge area with free Wi-Fi Internet access, fax and photocopy... More

From $358

Lodge At Torrey Pines

5 stars
4.4 / 5 24 reviews

La Jolla, California

Stay 3 nights or more get 5% 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 $179

Catamaran Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 425 reviews

San Diego, California

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 highly-regarded Sunday brunch. Finally, take an evening... More

From $133

Bahia Resort Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 266 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 35% on your stay

Situated 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 and operates the Bahia Bell, an authentic 19th-century... More

From $145

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Mission Valley/Hotel Circle

3 stars
3.6 / 5 48 reviews

San Diego, California

Rate includes breakfast

Find a winning mixture of laid-back California style and cutting-edge design at the Courtyard San Diego Mission Valley/Hotel Circle. Located in the Mission Valley neighborhood of San Diego, our hotel offers travelers access to all points of interest in the city, including Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego State University, and... More

From $75

Kings Inn - San Diego

2 stars
3.7 / 5 437 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 20% on your stay (Non Refundable)

Few 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 like waffles and Mexican. Guests also receive complimentary Wi-Fi... More

From $239

Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 73 reviews

Coronado, California

Rate includes breakfast

Stunning views of the San Diego skyline across the bay make Coronado Island Marriott Resort & Spa a comfortable atmosphere for relaxation and renewal. With a variety of luxurious on-site features, a full-service health spa, three heated pools and convenience to beautiful sandy beaches, shopping and restaurants at Ferry... More

From $77

Comfort Inn Gaslamp Convention Center

2 stars
3.6 / 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 $122

Porto Vista Hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 302 reviews

San Diego, California

Located 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, complimentary rooftop yoga classes and shuttle service to the... More

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Best in Stay

LGBT Best in Stay San Diego hotels

From $201

THE US GRANT, a Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego

5 stars
4.3 / 5 96 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 10% on your stay

  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 stunning architecture throughout, including sparkling... More

From $178

Palomar San Diego a Kimpton Hotel

4 stars
3.7 / 5 69 reviews

San Diego, California

Save 10% on your stay

Move 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 lounge open to the public and its on-site... More

From $128

Hotel Indigo SAN DIEGO-GASLAMP QUARTER

4 stars
4.3 / 5 164 reviews

San Diego, California

Sophisticated 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 complimentary Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access. The on-site... More

From $122

The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 371 reviews

San Diego, California

The 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, laptop-sized in-room safes and more. Situated on the edge of... More

From $161

Inn at the Park

3 stars
4.0 / 5 73 reviews

San Diego, California

Sitting 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 square feet. Guests enjoy different... More

From $297

Tower 23 Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 27 reviews

San Diego, California

Pacific 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 building. Contemporary decor greets guests, while suites offer the trappings of... More

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Flights

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
Denver San Diego Sun, Sep 27 - Thu, Oct 1 $87
Chicago San Diego Wed, Sep 23 - Wed, Sep 30 $89
Minneapolis San Diego Sun, Sep 6 - Fri, Sep 11 $297
Seattle San Diego Tue, Oct 6 - Tue, Oct 13 $183
New York San Diego Wed, Sep 16 - Tue, Sep 22 $297
Washington DC San Diego Tue, Sep 22 - Wed, Sep 30 $256
San Francisco San Diego Sat, Sep 19 - Sat, Sep 26 $141
Baltimore San Diego Fri, Oct 30 - Tue, Nov 3 $325
Philadelphia San Diego Thu, Sep 17 - Thu, Sep 24 $304
Boston San Diego Tue, Oct 20 - Fri, Oct 23 $248
Indianapolis San Diego Tue, Oct 6 - Mon, Oct 12 $312
Milwaukee San Diego Wed, Sep 23 - Sat, Sep 26 $302
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  • 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.

  • 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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