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1 Day Itinerary for Couples on a Budget

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 Cheap Date Night San Diego

Did you know that Travel & Leisure Magazine rated San Diego as the 6th most romantic city in the United States? Clearly travelers keep flocking to America’s Finest City for a reason. We have over 70 miles of beautiful shoreline, a celebrated nightlife scene, and culturally diverse towns. Even couples looking for a budget getaway will find plenty to do in this historic and charming city. Here’s a low-cost itinerary for couples who only have a day to take in San Diego’s most charming qualities.

Morning
Start your day with breakfast at Pacific Beach’s Café 976. This small, laid-back café offers shady, outdoor seating complete with fabulous coffee and bagels. If you are there on a Friday, your bagel will even come free with your coffee.

Next, head to the Mission Beach Boardwalk for a little ocean-side strolling, sunbathing and prime people watching. The area also contains a plethora of boutique shopping options and inexpensive eateries. Consider stopping at The Green Flash for their Sunset Happy Hour where you can grab a $3 drink and a $13 steak.

Afternoon
After lunch, pack up your beach bag and travel 13 miles south to the Coronado Ferry Landing. Rent bicycles at Bikes and Beyond and explore the manmade island’s unique shops and beautiful scenery. The landing offers free outdoor concerts every Saturday and Sunday afternoon from 2 to 5 pm, featuring the area’s best local talent in an incredible outdoor setting.

You could also purchase discounted San Diego Zoo tickets through Pacific Inn & Suites. Grab your sweetheart and journey through the Lost Forest together where you can see the brand new baby gorilla.

Evening
Watch the sun sink into the ocean, and then head over to Spiro’s Gyros for a feast of Lamb Gyros and rice. Spiro’s has a cozy outdoor seating area, where you will have a beautiful view of the San Diego skyline. Snuggle up with your significant other as you enjoy San Diego’s stunning sunset.

Finally, clean up at your cheap downtown San Diego hotel room before you end your evening at the Coronado Playhouse. This 50 year old theater is a small cabaret-style venue that offers engaging plays in an intimate setting for a fair price.

There’s no place like San Diego for a taste of lively entertainment and casual romance. Even the most frugal vacationers will fall in love with San Diego’s magnetic charm as they fall more in love with their partner.

To make your stay in San Diego even more special, book the affordable Jacuzzi Suite at Pacific Inn. With this luxurious suite you get to enjoy a private in-room whirlpool Jacuzzi tub, a California King Bed with a pillow top mattress, a wet bar and complimentary plush bath robes. Call 1-800-571-2933 today to reserve this room as space is limited, and don’t forget to ask about our available savings and discounts!

Is that San Diego Attraction Overrated?

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Overrated San Diego Attractions

Travelers ready to explore a new destination start out adventurous and end up flocking to the same tourist attractions as everyone else. However, following the crowd isn’t always good for adventure – or the wallet. While your ultimate decision to visit a specific attraction will depend on your personal preferences and budget, here are a few attractions that are as easy to avoid as they are to seek out.

  1. SeaWorld – SeaWorld has enough amusement park rides, shows and restaurants to keep the most energetic child occupied. Unfortunately, this can be the park’s downside too. There will be large crowds and sore feet by the end of the day, not to mention that it is impossible to give each exhibit the time it deserves. Even if you stay at a cheap San Diego hotel near SeaWorld, Birch Aquarium is an alternative attraction that is located only 15 minutes away in the neighborhood of La Jolla and is much more affordable for visitors. It may be without the glitz, but offers an in-depth look into the underwater world and is fun for the whole family.
  2. San Diego Zoo – The famed San Diego Zoo is considered by many to be one of the best in the world. If you’ve never been to the Zoo, it definitely is a must-see attraction. However, if you’re on a budget this vacation or don’t have too many days to spare in San Diego, it might be the attraction to skip because of its high ticket prices. A family or group of four could easily save about $500 by passing on this outdoor adventure. If your heart is set on visiting the zoo, the best way to explore the more than 100 acre park is over multiple days with a discounted multi-day pass so you can enjoy all of the attractions, getting as much of your money’s worth as possible. And don’t forget to book your cheap hotel near San Diego Zoo for additional savings.
  3. The Beach – During the peak seasons, a trip to the beach is a must, just don’t expect a quiet relaxing haven for a lazy beach bum. Those who want simply to relax need to know their San Diego beaches. The popular beaches such Pacific and Mission beaches are packed with sightseeing tours, amusement parks, overpriced food, crowds, noise and even some garbage. Sticking to the budget might mean seeking out the less popular areas such as the San Diego Bay which still provides you with water views and sand, without some of the extra visitors!
  4. The New Children’s Museum – This attraction is polarizing for parents and is often put at the top of the list of a family’s San Diego to-do list. However, reviews say it is either a good museum for children to wander around in, or it is a cramped space with few exhibits. Some even argue that it doesn’t go far enough in terms of actually teaching kids. Parents should do their own homework and decided if the museum will engage their children before paying the admission fees.

Did we spark your interest? As one of the preferred cheap hotels in downtown San Diego, we’re always looking to share great travel tips and information with our readers, at the very least to give you a different perspective on some of the most well known activities and attractions in the area. For more San Diego vacation advice, follow us on Facebook or Twitter and don’t forget to contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 to check upcoming rates and availability for the Marina Inn & Suites.

5 Costly Travel Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

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Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, hitting the road can is almost always a big undertaking. And if you’re not careful, it can also wind up delivering a big hit to your wallet. To ensure that you don’t run into too much trouble on your upcoming trip to San Diego, the Pacific Inn hotel in downtown San Diego wanted to offer some of the more common and costly mistakes travelers make, so you can avoid these same mistakes yourself.

  1. Expired Passports – If you’re traveling to San Diego from another country, make sure that your passport is up-to-date. While it is possible to get a passport renewal processed quickly, it can also cost you $60 or more if you need it in less than 25 days. With the added stress of waiting, it’s best to renew your passport as soon as possible.
  2. Cell Service – Before traveling outside of your state or country, take a few minutes and contact your cellular phone provider and speak to a representative about out of area calling. Some cellphone companies have out of state and international service that you can switch over to for the duration of your trip. Be sure to double check before you leave as roaming rates can leave you with a doozy of a phone bill.
  3. Baggage – While you’re planning your trip — and, preferably, before you even book your tickets — read up on the airline’s policies and fees regarding checking your bags. Some airlines can charge as much as $90 for an extra bag, so make doubly sure your luggage is within the airline’s weight and size restrictions. For additional convenience, book a cheap hotel near San Diego Airport and skip high transportation fees and walk to popular downtown attractions.
  4. Travelers’ Insurance – Emergencies can happen to the best of us, but delays or cancellations can throw a really expensive monkey wrench into your plans. Travel insurance can protect you in the event of unforeseen emergencies like illness, baggage loss, flight delays and more.
  5. Itinerary Mishaps – Coordinating time off in conjunction with your travel itinerary can be tricky, but scheduling hiccups can lead to all sorts of headaches. Make sure to double- and triple-check your calendar and your travel plans to make sure there are no discrepancies. If you have your hotel and rental car reservations made ahead of time, also call them ahead of time to ensure all check-in dates are correct.

Don’t fall victim to these 5 costly travel mistakes and make sure your friends and family don’t either by sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter! And if you’re looking for affordable hotel accommodations near Balboa Park, the Padres Stadium, Little Italy and other great downtown attractions, contact the Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 and learn more about our discounted hotel rates.

5 Costly Travel Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasuring, hitting the road can is almost always a big undertaking. And if you’re not careful, it can also wind up delivering a big hit to your wallet. To ensure that you don’t run into too much trouble on your upcoming trip to San Diego, the Pacific Inn hotel in downtown San Diego wanted to offer some of the more common and costly mistakes travelers make, so you can avoid these same mistakes yourself.

1.      Expired Passports – If you’re traveling to San Diego from another country, make sure that your passport is up-to-date. While it is possible to get a passport renewal processed quickly, it can also cost you $60 or more if you need it in less than 25 days. With the added stress of waiting, it’s best to renew your passport as soon as possible.

 

2.      Cell Service – Before traveling outside of your state or country, take a few minutes and contact your cellular phone provider and speak to a representative about out of area calling. Some cellphone companies have out of state and international service that you can switch over to for the duration of your trip. Be sure to double check before you leave as roaming rates can leave you with a doozy of a phone bill.

 

3.      Baggage – While you’re planning your trip — and, preferably, before you even book your tickets — read up on the airline’s policies and fees regarding checking your bags. Some airlines can charge as much as $90 for an extra bag, so make doubly sure your luggage is within the airline’s weight and size restrictions. For additional convenience, book a cheap hotel near San Diego Airport and skip high transportation fees and walk to popular downtown attractions.

 

4.      Travelers’ Insurance – Emergencies can happen to the best of us, but delays or cancellations can throw a really expensive monkey wrench into your plans. Travel insurance can protect you in the event of unforeseen emergencies like illness, baggage loss, flight delays and more.

 

5.      Itinerary mishaps – Coordinating time off in conjunction with your travel itinerary can be tricky, but scheduling hiccups can lead to all sorts of headaches. Make sure to double- and triple-check your calendar and your travel plans to make sure there are no discrepancies. If you have your hotel and rental car reservations made ahead of time, also call them ahead of time to ensure all check-in dates are correct.

Don’t fall victim to these 5 costly travel mistakes and make sure your friends and family don’t either by sharing this article on Facebook or Twitter! And if you’re looking for affordable hotel accommodations near Balboa Park, the Padres Stadium, Little Italy and other great downtown attractions, contact the Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 and learn more about our discounted hotel rates.

Guide to Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend in Downtown San Diego

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This year, Saint Patrick’s Day lands on a Monday, making it difficult for everyone to celebrate between work and school obligations. Fortunately, the city of San Diego understands the predicament you’re likely in and is solving the problem by hosting a variety of events the entire weekend preceding the Irish holiday on the 17th. From where to go to where to stay, we’re going to cover the best of the best for Saint Patrick’s Day Weekend in San Diego.

Where to Celebrate

  • Balboa Park Irish FestivalIf you’re visiting San Diego with the family or are looking for a fun way to enjoy the holiday during the day, head over to Balboa Park from 10:30a to 6pm for a day of Irish fun. There will be live entertainment, folk singers, Irish Food and a Beer Garden. For the kids, there will be a bungee jump and Kid’s Zone as well as a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Don’t have a place to stay yet? Learn more about cheap Balboa Park hotels for Saint Patrick’s Day.
  • McFadden’sAs you might guess, this popular downtown Irish bar goes all out for their annual St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. In addition to your regular green-beer specials and cocktails, the party at McFadden’s will include live music, face painters, stilt-walkers, bagpipers and leprechauns. Be prepared for an evening full of fun during Saint Patrick’s Day weekend by reserving your cheap Gaslamp Quarter hotel in downtown San Diego today. This way, you won’t have to worry about designating a driver or paying for expensive parking.
  • shamROCK – The 2014 shamROCK event will take place on Saturday, March 15th from 4pm to midnight. One of the largest parties on the West Coast, shamROCK will transform the downtown streets of San Diego into an “urban, super chic version of the beautiful rolling hills of Ireland.” Equipped with an outdoor Irish pub, a lighting show and live Celtic bands, visitors are sure to enjoy a bit of Ireland here in San Diego. Tickets are on sale on line and you can also purchase them on the day of the event.
  • Irish 4 A Day Party HopBecause many of the bars in downtown will be celebrating, be sure to visit all of them by participating in the Irish 4 A Day Party Hop. You will paint the town green by visiting 18 Irish pubs, nightclubs and bars in the Gaslamp Quarter. With the $29 advance ticket purchase (or $40 day of), you’ll receive a guided tour from Irish fairies and 10 welcome shots. You also won’t be responsible for cover at any of the participating bars during this 12 hour celebration from 2pm to 2am!
  • USS Maritime MuseumOn March 17th from 6pm to 11pm, the USS Maritime Museum will hold a Celtic Music Festival aboard the Berkeley Ferryboat. Tickets include live entertainment on two stages and a corned beef and cabbage. There will also be a full bar with all proceeds benefiting the Maritime Museum.

Cheap St. Patrick’s Day Hotels in Downtown San Diego

If you’re looking for a place to crash after a long weekend of Irish fun, continue your lucky streak by staying at the Pacific Inn & Suites. Our cheap St. Patrick’s Day hotel in downtown San Diego is located just minutes from the Gaslamp Quarter and we offer free parking to our guests. We also offer complimentary wireless internet and hot breakfast in the morning so you can relax after a long night.

Learn more about our affordable room rates and contact a Reservation Manager at 1-800-571-2933 for upcoming availability. Don’t forget to ask about special hotel deals on our already discounted rates!

Spring Welcomes Families to San Diego

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Spring break is just around the corner and many families are starting to plan their vacations. If you’ve already booked your cheap San Diego hotel room and have your flight reservations in hand, the next thing to do is pick out fun activities to enjoy while you’re in town. While your trip may include stops at the kid-friendly San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland California, take advantage of the season and check out these fun springtime activities that are perfect for individuals of all ages.

  1. Balboa Park – During the springtime, Balboa Parks offers an outdoor adventure unlike any other. Get lost in the parks winding pathways and lush tropical gardens and check out the acres of beautiful flowers that are in full bloom. On Saturday mornings, the park hosts a free hour tour, which is a great way to see the top gardens including the stunning Inez Grant Parker Memorial Rose Garden. After enjoying the spring sunshine, head to the Ruben H. Fleet Science museum, a top rated attraction that cleverly combines learning with interactive activities for an afternoon of family fun.
  2. Belmont Park – A beach day wouldn’t be complete without heading to San Diego’s only beachfront amusement park. Belmont Park is located in Mission Beach and offers arcade style games in a carnival like atmosphere. The boardwalk is also home to a giant roller coaster for thrill seeking families, and there are plenty of other activities to enjoy such as miniature golf, rock climbing and laser tag. Admission into the park is free, you simply pay as you go for the activities you want to participate in or opt for their family package which offers tickets and tokens for the various attractions at a discounted price.
  3. Maritime Museum – On a clear day, there’s nothing better than gathering up the kids and hitting the high seas on one of the sailing vessels at the floating maritime Museum. From enjoying the daytime tours where kids are able to experience the sea like a true pirate to overnight adventures on the famed Star of India, there are plenty of family-friendly adventures to choose from. March and April Ocean Adventures Sails are now available so call ahead and make your reservations before they fill up.
  4. Whale Watching – With just a month left of the whale watching season, those headed to San Diego for spring break will be here just in time to hop aboard a whale watching cruise. Most tours have a guide who will explain the migration process and can help you spot the giant creatures of the sea. Depending on which cruise line you go with and how long the cruise is, ticket prices can range anywhere from $25 to $60 a person so if you’re on a budget, be sure to do your research first.

The above activities are catered to families who are staying near downtown San Diego because affordable hotels near the Gaslamp Quarter will offer families the most convenience. However, if you are willing to venture a bit further from the city center, other popular springtime destinations include the La Jolla Cove, the Botanical Gardens in Encinitas and the Carlsbad Flower Fields.

If you are still in need of accommodations for your upcoming San Diego adventure, don’t hesitate to contact the Pacific Inn & Suites in downtown San Diego. We are located within 3 miles of the San Diego International Airport and are in close proximity to a handful of family-friendly tourist destinations. Call 1-800-571-2933 to speak with a Reservation Manager and don’t forget to ask about current hotel specials and deals.

Something “New to See” for San Diego Visitors

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Been there, done that!  Whether this is your second, third or your “I can’t even count how many times I’ve been” trip to San Diego, you’re looking to kick start your vacation with something new. While we could give you a list of restaurants and shops that opened within the past month, we thought it’d be more fun to shed a little light on a monthly event that San Diego locals love: the free public sky viewing at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in Balboa Park.

The first thing you probably noticed is the event is free! The perfect price for when you’re looking to try something new. On the first Wednesday of each month, members of the SDAA set up telescopes right outside of the Fleet Center building. Participants can gaze at the moon, planets and some of the brightest stars in the galaxy on clear San Diego evenings. Interested in staying near the Fleet Center during your trip? Learn more about affordable San Diego hotels near Balboa Park.

If you’re looking for even more fun, head to Fleet Center before the evening viewing for the “Sky Tonight” planetarium show which takes place inside at the theater. There are two show times, one at 7pm and another at 8pm, with adult tickets priced at $14 and children’s tickets at $12. As you watch the night sky change in front of your eyes, an expert astronomer will act as narrator, showing you just what to look for. Here are a few other things you should know before you go:

  • Parking is hit or miss, but most say that finding a spot can be tiring. Look to park a little further away at one of the larger lots and walk to the center in Balboa Park or opt for street parking as there is often more during the weekends.
  • Try to arrive at least 15-20 minutes early to ensure that you have time to purchase tickets. Click here if you would prefer to make a purchase online to get it out of the way.
  • By arriving early, you’ll get first choice of seats, however we do have to say that every seat in the house offers a spectacular view.
  • The planetarium show is not recommended for children ages 5 or under simply because of how dark the theater gets and the sophisticated language used by the narrator

The planetarium show and stargazing event is ideal for all visitors, bringing out the “inner-kid” of adults, offering fun and learning for teens and families, and providing a great date-night venue for those romantics tired of your average dinner and a movie.

Want to learn more about fun activities to enjoy in San Diego? Browse our blog and continue checking back in the future. As one of the top cheap downtown San Diego hotels, we’re always writing about money saving tips, fun things to do and local events! And if you know someone who would love spending the evening gazing at the stars, share this post with them on Facebook or Twitter.

Your Guide to Downtown San Diego’s Bar & Club Scene!

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Downtown San Diego is full of fun activities, exciting bars, mix and mingle events and dancing. The trick when visiting San Diego is picking the right nightlife hotspot when there are so many tantalizing options. There are literally over 100 options to choose from when you hit the Gaslamp District, making it hard to narrow down your options. That’s why we put together this list of the best places downtown for dancing, drinking, dining, lounging and socializing. Take a peek and go paint the town red after you unpack in your affordable downtown San Diego hotel room.

Dancing

If you’re looking to shake your groove thang downtown you have a few different options. For some swing and sock hop the only place to be is Henry’s Pub for Rockabilly Tuesdays on 5th Avenue.  To celebrate your saucy salsa side, head to Café Sevilla for tapas and the tango. If you’re looking to drop in low in a new and trendy dance club then Bassmnt, Fluxx, and Moonshine Flats will be spinning the latest house, hip hop and country beats.

Drinking

With a bar on every corner it’s hard to navigate where to go when you tour Downtown San Diego. A great place to start is Vin de Syrah for a glass of wine in an Alice in Wonderland type of atmosphere.  Some places to grab exquisite craft cocktails the Gaslamp Speakeasy, Prohibition, Magnolia and The Blind Burro located next to the SDCC. For more hot spots around the venue including cheap hotels near San Diego Convention Center click here!

Dining

Looking for a late night bite in a fun atmosphere? Downtown San Diego caters to the after-hours eaters with some great open late eateries. Check out Brian’s 24 for an upscale Denny’s type of menu, just be prepared to wait on busy Friday and Saturdays. Bang Bang has a trendy late night menu with sushi and Asian fusion cuisine and if you’re looking to party stay after supper for a poppin’ club scene. La Puerta won’t stop serving their delish carne asada fries or fish tacos until 2 a.m.!

Socializing

Grab your posse and your best pick-up lines before you head out to one of these bars if your main goal is meeting new and attractive party people: Altitude Sky Lounge, Searsucker, Coyote Ugly, Bootlegger or The Shouthouse.

After a fun night of seeing San Diego’s nightlife scene be sure you have a nearby hotel room already booked. The San Diego Pacific Inn is an affordable San Diego Airport hotel that is a mere 2 miles from the airport and is also  conveniently located next to the Gaslamp District!

To book a discounted hotel room near Downtown San Diego, call a Pacific Inn reservations specialist today at 1-800-571-2933.

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Fun Filled 1 Day San Diego Itinerary

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Just like Rome, San Diego wasn’t built in a day. However, if you only have one day to see SD’s finest we can help. You might just want to see some sights during your business trip in between meetings, or perhaps you have a long enough layover to venture around your cheap hotel near San Diego Airport and the downtown district. Whatever the case, we have compiled a list of the top 5 must-see items, all of which can be done in one day!

  1. Book an affordable hotel near Old Town San Diego because this is a great place to start your day. Old Town is packed full of history, beautiful parks, museums, shopping and plenty of restaurant options.
  2. Next head just down the street to see the wonders of Balboa Park. You’ll have your choice of museums, including the esteemed San Diego Museum of Art, along with prime picnic spots and playgrounds for the kids.
  3. Continue going south and you’ll hit San Diego’s Gaslamp District. Downtown San Diego is full of life, energy and diversity and you can’t skip town without experiencing it. Take your time to walk 5th Street, enjoy the overwhelming amount of restaurant options and grab a glass of wine on an Italian bistro-themed patio.
  4. Speaking of Italian, next up on your must-see list is Little Italy located just next door to the Gaslamp Quarter. With award winning restaurants on every corner and bars that cater to every taste, from classy and trendy to cheap and divey, this quaint town is a must. Just be sure you make reservations if you want to enjoy dinner here on a weekend night!
  5. Wrap up your fun-filled day by the Big Bay. Walk along the harbor during sunset and stop by the Maritime Museum to soak in some rich San Diego history.

When you wrap up your day alongside San Diego’s Bay you’ll also be conveniently located right next to your affordable San Diego hotel room if you made a reservation at Pacific Inn & Suites, which sits on California’s popular Pacific Coast Highway. If you call and book your room in advance today you can even receive 12% off already low prices. To secure your San Diego hotel room click on the “reservations” tab above or call us at 1-800-571-2933.

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Your Guide to Attending a San Diego Opera

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The opera house in San Diego was voted one of the top opera venues in the nation by Opera America. The musical performance of an opera in this state-of-the-art venue is something that everyone visiting San Diego must experience. Ticket prices start at $45 and you can even see your “view from a seat” when you reserve your ticket on the SD opera website. The San Diego Opera House is located inside the Civic Theater, just down the street from the San Diego International Airport. If you’re thinking about buying tickets for a show, learn more about cheap San Diego Airport hotels.

If you’re a first time opera spectator, we know it might seem somewhat intimidating. You can brush up on various performances as well as general opera knowledge by attending the pre-opera lecture in the theater 1 hour before the performance starts, listen to a 15 minute SD opera podcast (sandiegoopera.libsyn.com/rss), or grab eclectic information from online resource “Operapedia.”

Other Tips for Attending an Opera:

  • Dress to impress but know that black tie affair isn’t necessary. Some show up in casual attire like jeans and a collared dress shirt while others choose to don a full suit or floor length dress.
  • Show up early for Fun on the Concourse. Mix and mingle in front of the theater before the show where you can grab a bite to eat from one of their food vendors: La Creperie, Red Oven Pizza, Bread & Cie and Puesto.
  • Don’t have so much fun that you don’t make it to your seat before the doors close. If you arrive late you’ll have to enjoy Act I from the lobby.
  • Turn off all electronic devices… and your voice. The acoustics in an opera house sound as beautiful as they do because voices and music travel extremely well without the need for a microphone. That means your distracting chit-chattering can travel as well.
  • Leave the kids at home. Young ones without an appreciation for dramatic performances might not appreciate a lengthy opera and decide to throw a mini drama of their own.
  • Be prepared to read super titles as most operas are sung in a different language. And for those unfamiliar with the term, super titles display the translation in English above the stage.
  • Enjoy your intermission. The 20 minute break is a great time to stretch your legs and grab a drink, so use it wisely.
  • Stay after hours for Afterglow at the Beverly Hills Salon on the 2nd level of the Civic Theater. Schmooze with fellow opera lovers and the cast themselves over a craft cocktail. Then, hit the town in the Gaslamp Quarter where great bars and restaurants are abounding.
  • Make sure you have an affordable hotel near the San Diego Convention Center. After a lengthy but beautiful performance, it’ll be nice to know you have a comfortable room to crash in.

Pacific Inn & Suites has the perfect post opera hotel options that happen to be comfortable, convenient and wallet friendly. Our downtown San Diego budget hotel is located less than 1 mile from the opera house inside the Civic Theater. Keep it classy and call 1-800-571-2933 today to see if you can score a discounted rate on our already affordable rooms and suites!

How to Save Money at San Diego Sea World

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Seals and sharks and whales, oh my! Sea World San Diego has a full day’s worth of fun waiting for you and your family. Between seeing amphibious exhibits, going on rides, watching entertaining shows and catching a glimpse of the famous Shamu, there will be little time to think about your vacation budget. Expenses can quickly and easily add up at amusement parks if you don’t plan ahead with a pre-set budget and handy money saving tips and tricks.

We’re all about helping you save money, which is why we put together this list of helpful and easy ways you can keep your wallet padded without missing out on any of the fun.

  • Never pay full price for admission. Getting discounts on SeaWorld admission tickets can take a little footwork and research but it will surely pay off in the end. You can get 20% off up to four tickets if you show your Southwest Rapid Rewards card, which is free to sign up for online. If you’re staying at Pacific Inn & Suites, a Downtown San Diego budget hotel, you can purchase discounted admission tickets from us and get 15% off your hotel stay! You also have the option to save $8 if you print the coupon at available at visitcalifornia.com. Some lesser discounts can be redeemed with proof of AAA membership, HiltonHHonors or California residency.One of the most honorable ways SeaWorld is handing out discounts is by allowing all U.S. active duty military, activated or drilling reservist, or National Guardsman one free admission ticket for themselves and three dependents per year. Just go to wavesofhonor.com to register.
  • Plan smart and pack ahead. Bring your own food to the park unless you want to pay $8 for a hot dog. Although food isn’t allowed into the park, you can pack a full cooler and leave it in your car. When lunch time comes, bring your cooler and enjoy a cheap and delicious meal at the picnic table area in front of the entrance gates.If you don’t want to deal with trekking back out to your car, you can consider purchasing SeaWorld’s All-Day Dining Deal. For adults its $29.69 if purchased in advance online and $16.99 for children ages 3-9. For this price you get a wristband that allows you unlimited access to food and water throughout the entire day at participating restaurants. The only downside is that you’ll likely have to wait in a line.
  • Are you planning on going to more than one San Diego attraction during your family vacation in San Diego? It might be more cost effective to purchase the Go Card San Diego from Costco. This card acts as an admission ticket to 46 of San Diego’s biggest and best attractions like Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. Prices range from $167 for a three day pass to $284 for a 7 day pass and can also be purchased online at smartdestinations.com.Interested in staying at a family friendly hotel near SeaWorld? Downtown is the ideal location. Because of SeaWorld’s location inland, we find that many families prefer to reserve affordable accommodations downtown near the Zoo. This way, you not only have access to all the attractions in the area, you’ll have savings in your pocket to help with the cost of exploring them!

We hope you found this information helpful and shareable! If you would like to pass this post on to fellow family travelers and money savers, just click on the social media icons in the upper right-hand corner. And if you’re ready to start planning your San Diego Sea World vacation you can click here to learn more about cheap SeaWorld accommodations, as well as free live shows, dining options inside the park and the best time of the year to visit.

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