San Diego attracts thousands of travelers and vacationers from around the nation each year. However, if you’re not from the Golden State, you may have not have a single idea of where you want to stay. Plus, depending where you’re from, the high costs of accommodations and attractions in California might surprise you! So here are a few suggestions for where to stay based on the most popular reasons for visiting San Diego, as well as some insider tips on how to save on hotel rates.
If you’re coming to San Diego for a vacation, you’ll likely get the most out of staying in or near the downtown district of San Diego. In addition to the endless nightlife of the famous Gaslamp Quarter, there are a variety of attractions to enjoy including the USS Midway, San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and for sports fanatics, Petco Park. You’ll be within a few blocks of all the 24/7 action with options including restaurants, bars and entertainment.
- Insider savings tips: If you’re trying to save money, reserving a room near Petco Park in neighboring areas like Little Italy will ensure additional savings, while still providing the same great accommodations. Plus, you’ll only be a mile or two from the Gaslamp, an easy cab or bus ride away.
If you love the beach, San Diego’s more than 70 miles of pristine coastline creates the ideal place for you to vacation. Choose from great beaches including Coronado, La Jolla, Mission, Pacific and Ocean beaches. Coronado and La Jolla are upscale beach communities, whereas Mission, Pacific and Ocean beaches are more laid back and are great for students and families. Almost all of the beaches have renting companies along the shore as well, so if you want to try your hand at surfing, snorkeling, kayaking or whale watching, you’ll have plenty of options.
- Insider savings tips: Staying on the beach will be the most expensive option, typically starting at $150 a night and depending on the area and your dates of travel, can be as expensive as $350. If you’re looking for affordable accommodations near San Diego beaches, staying in central San Diego near Hotel Circle or downtown gives you easy access to the beaches, all about 10 minutes away by car.
There are so many wonderful family attractions, museums and theme parks in San Diego including the Zoo, SeaWorld, the Children’s Museum, the Wild Animal Park and Legoland. Talk with your kids about the attractions they’ll want to see most so you can make sure to make the most out of your visit. Those flying into the San Diego Airport will be able to access all of these attractions either by rental car, taxi or private transportation.
- Insider savings tips: Do your research before you decide where to go! If you’re on a tight budget, certain parks are more expensive than others and some attractions like the San Diego Zoo include free parking while others do not. If you choose to stay at a San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld preferred hotel like the Pacific Inn, be sure to ask about discounted admission tickets.
San Diego is home to three major universities so you have plenty of options if you’re scouting campuses for the upcoming school year. San Diego State is located the furthest from the airport, more inland toward Mission Valley. University of California San Diego is located in La Jolla and University of San Diego sits perched atop a hill in the neighborhood of Morena. All can be explored in a day or two (depending on your pace) and each offers their own campus tour designed specifically for prospective students.
- Insider savings tips: If you have a flexible schedule, travel during the week as the costs of hotel rooms will be lower than on the weekend. Additionally, because students apply for university in San Diego’s non-peak season, try to plan your trip around this time to take advantage of the lowest hotel rates.
Ready to start planning your San Diego vacation? Click here or contact the Pacific Inn & Suites directly at 1-800-571-2933 to learn about current hotel specials and upcoming rates and availability. We offer a variety of hotel deals throughout the year to make sure our guests are able to use their savings for the countless attractions and events that take place in our beautiful city. Make the most of your vacation with the Pacific Inn and take advantage of our complimentary amenities including parking, wireless internet, daily breakfast and more!