Taking a vacation with the family can break the bank without careful planning and knowledge of the area. The San Diego Pacific Inn wants to help make your upcoming San Diego vacation as affordable as possible, which is why we put together these 8 easy cost cutting tips to make sure your trip is stress-free.
1. Eat at your hotel.
Buying meals throughout each day for multiple people can quickly add up. One way to save a lot of money is by booking a hotel near Little Italy that offers a free in-room refrigerator, microwave, and coffee/tea maker and close proximity to stores and farmer’s markets. You can easily purchase healthy microwavable foods or simply re-heat the previous day’s leftovers for a quick, easy and free meal.
2. Take advantage of lunch specials.
Restaurants offer special discounts to the lunch crowd with the potential to cut the price of each meal down significantly. Only dine where there are advertised specials and look for “Kids Eat Free” deals when dining with children. A comprehensive list of restaurants offering free food for kids can be found at sandiegofamily.com.
3. Book a hotel near the sites you want to see.
San Diego has beautiful weather that makes walking and biking to local attractions a great option. Once your itinerary is planned, find a hotel that allows the option to take a taxi, trolley, or walk.
4. Only rent a car when necessary.
Plan activities that require travel by vehicle all in the same day when possible. The other methods of transportation are cheaper, and less stressful than dealing with traffic.
5. Buy multi-attraction passes.
Paying to get into LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, Disneyland, and other popular attractions individually can be a nightmare on your wallet. Research the best passes to get you into the attractions your family wants to visit for one price. The GO San Diego Card tends to offer the best bang for your buck with discounts to 46 local attractions. Go to smartdestinations.com to purchase your pass.
6. Visit places with free admission.
Why pay to get into attractions each day when there are plenty of things to do in San Diego for free? Old Town, the beaches, and La Jolla are exciting places to spend the day enjoying the sights and sun. A lot of local museums also offer free admission days.
7. Stay away from peak seasons.
Discounts abound in San Diego in order to keep tourism alive when the summer travel season is over. Hotel rooms and most attractions are less expensive when visiting the city at the beginning and end of each year, excluding the major holidays.
8. Break out the coupons
If complimentary meals for the kids, discounts on admission, and free rental equipment sound appealing to you, check out the visitors bureau online to print coupons. The deals change from time to time, but this is one of the best resources for coupons and current promotions. You can also download the Groupon and LivingSocial apps on your smartphone to search for local deals on the go.
If you’re trying to plan a thrifty vacation, start by booking a room at the Pacific Inn- an affordable hotel near the San Diego Zoo. Interested in how Pacific Inn can help you save money? We offer competitive room rates, we’re located within minutes of San Diego’s major attractions, we have a variety of specials listed under our Discount Pricing tab, and guests can purchase discount Zoo and Sea World admission from us while also receiving 15% off on their hotel stay. Sound good? Call (619) 232-6391 to see exactly how much money we can save you and to book your room today!