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2014 College Fair at the San Diego Convention Center

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2014 College Fair San Diego

Are you finally getting ready to send your son or daughter off to college? Prepare yourself for the extensive test-prep courses, college application fees and university tours. Picking the right college can be a difficult and lengthy task, but there’s one organization that is striving to make it easier for your soon-to-be college student. The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) is devoted to helping students transition into college education by helping them make the right choices early on. One way they aim to help students and their families is by hosting College Fairs all around the country. On Wednesday, April 23, that fair is coming to the San Diego Convention Center. If you’re interested in checking out the event, first start by learning more about Gaslamp Quarter hotels for the NACAC College Fair.

This event is expected to draw in over 6,000 people, all visiting San Diego to explore their college options. Attendees can expect 301 local, national and international 2 and 4-year colleges to be at the fair. Some of the big San Diego schools that will be represented include:

  • California State University- San Marcos (CSUSM)
  • San Diego State University (SDSU)
  • University of California San Diego (UCSD)
  • Design Institute of San Diego
  • University of San Diego (USD)
  • University of Southern  California (USC)

Students can register online for the NACAC College Fair at nacacnet.org. The student inputs pertinent information into an online form, such as intended major, extracurricular activities and SAT score. Once you click “submit”, a printable form will pop up on your screen with a barcode. Bring this form with you to the College Fair so that admission representatives can easily scan your barcode to access your information.

This free event is open to the public so cheap hotels near the San Diego Convention Center will likely start filling up soon. If you haven’t reserved your room yet, call the downtown San Diego Pacific Inn located just 2 miles away from the SDCC at 1-800-571-2933. We’re currently offering 12% off already cheap room rates just for booking in advance.

Are you considering moving to San Diego for school? Explore everything that this amazing city has to offer, all of which is located just minutes from Pacific Inn’s front doors. Our affordable downtown San Diego hotel is just one block away from the San Diego Bay, 2 miles from Downtown San Diego and 10 miles away from the area’s top colleges – University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and University of San Diego.

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Affordable San Diego Restaurants with Patios

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Al Fresco Dining in San Diego

 

San Diego offers some of the best outdoor dining options because of its near perfect, year-round weather. However, finding the right restaurant with a patio that has great food and affordable prices can be a difficult task. Here are a few patio restaurants in the San Diego area that offer sun, fresh air, and decently priced delicious meals.

Apollonia | La Jolla
Spawned by ingenuity and shaped by simplicity, the dishes at Apollonia are spectacular. Along with old-age Greek favorites that include Moussaka and Dolmathakia, this restaurant uses fresh ingredients and natural flavors to create some surprising meals. Enjoy your mealon the covered and heated patio.

The Blind Burro | Downtown
With its outdoor bar and patio, diners get exquisite views of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter. Located near Petco Park and San Diego Convention Center hotels, The Blind Burro is the perfect spot to enjoy some Baja Mexican fare and a beer before a big game or after an exhausting work convention. The prices are affordable, ingredients are fresh, and they even serve unique and healthy takes on south of the Border traditions like quinoa mixed green salad and steak tacos.

Jsix Restaurant | Downtown
Not only are farm-to-table meals the emphasis at this American restaurant, but so is a comfortable, inviting atmosphere. Jsix Restaurant offers small plates of fresh produce and sustainably raised meats to ensure quality dining. The bartender also serves quality-focused American cocktails that mix flavor and flash. All of this can be enjoyed on the rooftop lounge that also happens to include a pool and bar. Stay after your meal to sip and socialize at one of downtown’s hottest rooftop lounges, LOUNGEsix. For more information on Downtown San Diego do’s and don’ts while you’re on vacation, click here and find affordable Gaslamp hotels as well!

Indigo Grill | Little Italy
With its covered patio seating and nice views of Little Italy, Indigo Grill serves up class dishes with a modern twist. Rustic and warm, this is a good place to go to enjoy delicious food and a calm atmosphere. Save some money during their great weekday happy hour where they serve $4 beers and 50% off bar food.

At all of the above restaurants, lunch menu items don’t go over $30, so you really can’t go wrong, especially if you’re saving money by staying at a cheap Downtown San Diego hotel room at Pacific Inn & Suites. Pacific Inn is saving you even more money by offering up to 12% off on already cheap hotel rooms just for booking in advance. Call us today at 1-800-571-2933so that you can start planning your San Diego vacation!

Free Family Friendly San Diego Activities

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Free San Diego Family Activities

Planning a family vacation can get expensive very quickly if you don’t take the time to look for affordable family-friendly activities that you’ll all enjoy during your time in San Diego. You put a lot of time into planning and budgeting for your dream trip and we know that you want to ensure that your family has a great time. To save money while not skimping on the fun, plan to do some of these free activities that will still provide your family with a fun memory.

Stargazing
On the first Wednesday of each month at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, you and the family can spend some time gazing up at the stars. The San Diego Astronomy Association brings large telescopes for guests so that they can take a turn looking at the night sky in a whole new way. Your children will enjoy seeing the rings of Saturn and the craters on the moon, and you will enjoy the price —free. While you’re in Balboa Park, now is the time to enjoy some adventure at the San Diego Zoo located just steps from the Science Center. Click here for cheap San Diego Zoo hotel information and to see how you can save money when you buy your zoo admission tickets from Pacific Inn & Suites.

Seeking Sea Creatures
During low tide, take the family down to Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma to explore the tide pools. Here you and your family can spend a fun afternoon seeing all kinds of sea creatures. The pools contain sea life such as flowering anemones, deadpan’s fingers, shore crabs, starfish and a variety of other sea animals. If you are lucky, you might catch sight of a shy octopus. Just let your kids know that touching the living plants and animals isn’t allowed, as it can disrupt the very sensitive ecosystem.

Flying Kites
One of the features of Mission Bay Park is Tecolote Shores – a grassy area that is free of power lines and tress, making it the perfect place for your family to try your hand at flying a kite. Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket to make a day of it. Seeing the smile on your kids’ faces as their kite catches air will make the few dollars that you spent on food and simple kites well worth it.

Walking in the Past
When staying near San Diego Old Town hotels visitors are encouraged to wander through the streets, checking out the old buildings that served the town in the past. Walking through the area is free of charge and there are even a handful of volunteer led tours to enjoy that are also free. Your family will delight at exploring Seeley Stables, an authentic blacksmith shop, and San Diego’s oldest school.

For more ideas on what to see and do while you’re visiting San Diego, just head to Pacific Inn’s website at PacificInnSD.com and click on the “Attractions” tab at the top. When you visit our homepage you’ll also see all of the amazing deals we’re offering. To book a cheap Downtown San Diego hotel room for your upcoming family vacation just call one of our reservations specialists at 1-800-571-2933 and be sure to ask about the convenient Kids Suites.

Visiting San Diego on an International Budget

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Travel to San Diego from Overseas

If you’re traveling to San Diego from outside of the U.S., there are many ways that you can save money before you arrive at this waterfront paradise. The following are a few suggestions for international visitors to San Diego on how to get the most out of their travel dollars.

  1. Shop around for a cheap airfare online – Although San Diego is home to an international airport that is gaining popularity, flights directly into SAN are typically more expensive than those landing at the nearby Los Angeles International Airport. If you have time to make a pit-stop during your travels, look for flights into LAX, spend a day exploring the area, and get a cheap rental car to drive to San Diego. Whether you’re traveling alone or with your family, driving from Los Angeles could provide considerable savings.
  2. Make hotel reservations early – If you’re looking for a hotel in the middle of all the action, you’ll want to make hotel reservations as early as possible, especially if you’re traveling during the peak spring and summer seasons. Hotels like the Pacific Inn in downtown San Diego are great options for international visitors with cheap nightly rates and spacious accommodations. Learn more about cheap inns in downtown San Diego for tourists.
  3. Make advance reservations or opt for public transportation – Once you’ve landed, of course you’ll want to see the sights! Fortunately, you have plenty of options for transportation. Check for cheap rates via online websites prior to your flight and reserve a car for the length of your stay. Many of the rental offices are near the airport, and you can usually take advantage of the free airport shuttle to get there. You can also take advantage of the all-day passes for the San Diego trolley, which makes stops at key tourist spots for just $5 per day if you’re really looking to save. Click here for more information about centrally located and cheap hotels near San Diego Airport.
  4. Eat like a local to enjoy additional savings – When booking your hotel, try to find one that offers a complimentary continental breakfast for its guests every morning. When it comes to lunch and snacks, taquerias and Mexican food trucks are widespread around San Diego, where you can frequently find a very tasty and filling meal for well under $5 a day. If possible, try to coordinate your visit to San Diego during the twice-annual Restaurant Week, where local restaurants offer affordable fixed-price menus so that locals and tourists alike can step outside of their culinary comfort zones.

The Pacific Inn welcomes international travelers! If you are visiting San Diego from another country, be sure to call the Pacific Inn at 1-800-571-2933 and learn more about our affordable hotel near SeaWorld, Little Italy, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo and other popular San Diego attractions.

San Diego’s Top Hipster Bars

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San Diego Hipster Bars

What is a vacation to San Diego if you don’t experience the vibrant, trendy and laid back San Diego hipster scene? A hipster is typically someone in their 20s and 30s who follows the latest trends. Urban Dictionary describes a hipster as someone who shuns “mainstream societal conventions “ and values “independent thinking, counter-culture, progressive politics, an appreciation of art and indie-rock, creativity, intelligence, and witty banter.”

The word “hipster” has made a strong comeback in the last few years. During the 1950s it was used to refer to someone who isolated themselves while wallowing alone with soulful jazz music. This dated definition applies to much of what we know about hipsters today. A modern day hipster will usually be found sporting some form of facial hair –preferably a handlebar mustache- while drinking PBR in a tallboy can, because it’s ironically cliché. While not everyone may understand the pinings and attitudes of a San Diego hipster, none can deny that our nightlife scene is hip indeed.

Here are some of the top bars and clubs where the local hipsters congregate:

  1. Craft and Commerce | 675 W. Beech Street, Little Italy
    The outside of this bar and restaurant is covered in green shrubbery, the inside displays chalk board quotes and classic novels all while the Bible or some other dramatic book-on-tape is being played in the restrooms. I think it’s safe to say that this is a token hipster bar. For a safe menu option, order the mini corn dogs, but if you want to experiment then give the roasted bone marrow a shot! You also can’t leave before trying one of their mason jar cocktails like the Black Sheep with coffee bean-infused whiskey. For more information on what to see and where to stay in Little Italy click here!
  2. The Lion’s Share | 629 Kettner Blvd., Downtown
    This classic hipster bar, located next to top San Diego Convention Center hotels, oozes class and sophistication instead of pretentiousness and nonchalance. Their dim lit lounge is covered in eclectic art work and a mounted antelope head, ironic because of the antelope sliders that sell like hot cakes on their menu. Grab a seat at the bar where you can chat up the friendly bartenders, or mixologists, while you nibble on an Exotic Sausage board. Cheese, apparently, is overrated.
  3. Tiger!Tiger! | 3025 El Cajon Blvd., North Park
    Beer, bicycles, beards and burgers! This bar has everything that a hipster could hope for. Lock up your bike on the railing outside before you stop in for some truffle fries, coconut glazed donuts or pork belly. Of course, you’ll need to order one or three of their rotating craft beers to wash it all down.

Looking for a hip and cheap downtown San Diego hotel that’s close to all of this action? Book a room at Pacific Inn & Suites, located no more than 5 miles away from all of the above mentioned hot spots! We have tons of ways to help you save on your stay during your San Diego vacation. Call our reservations line at 1-800-571-2933 so that we can find you the best deal!

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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.

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