From the vineyards of Rancho Bernardo to the pier at Imperial Beach, San Diego woos travellers with sunshine, non-stop events and bay views. As an important seaport, California’s second-largest city boasts a rich maritime history, loads of culture and ample opportunity to be as lazy as your holiday self desires in our beachfront San Diego accommodation.
Planning San Diego holidays is quite easy, thanks to the fact that there’s a neighbourhood for everyone. Book accommodation near Belmont Park in Mission Beach to stay close to vintage roller coasters and the centre of San Diego’s most popular beach neighbourhoods. Further inland, the city centres around Balboa Park and extends north toward Los Angeles and south to Tijuana, Mexico.
Things to Do in San Diego
When you visit San Diego, you need a priority list to tackle all the sights and flavours in the “City in Motion”. Obviously, you’ve got to book accommodation in San Diego’s coolest districts where you can eat, sleep, explore, repeat. Start in Old Town, the site of California’s former capital. Sure, it’s a bit kitschy, but the colourful, old-timey shops are reminiscent of San Diego’s Latin heritage. While you’re uptown, it’s time to eat. East of Old Town, you’ll find Mission Hills, Hillcrest and North Park—all foodie and brewery neighbourhoods ready to satisfy casual taco enthusiasts or fine dining aficionados. With a belly full of SoCal cuisine, you’ll be ready for museum-hopping. Head to Balboa Park to visit the San Diego Air & Space Museum, Mingei International Museum, San Diego Zoo and much more. There are several free events in the park year-round, too, so get swept up in local celebrations before you head west to swab the decks of tall ships at the Maritime Museum in the harbour. Little Italy, located nearby, is a top stop for easygoing nightlife with nary a dive bar in sight. If you prefer more shenanigans, head to the Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego’s red light district of ages past and today’s club hub.
Getting To & Around San Diego
Book flights to San Diego International Airport (SAN) and land only 4.5 km north of downtown San Diego hotels and attractions. Southern California is driving country and San Diego has the freeways to prove it. Public transportation—bus lines and trolleys—can get you to most stops on your itinerary, so you can skip the car hire if you aren’t in big hurry to get around.
Best Time to Visit San Diego
With weather as mild as California vibes, any time is a great time to visit San Diego. During the summer (June–September), many historical and cultural activities tend to attract crowds of holiday-makers, so plan accordingly. The important thing is, you can hit the beach any day. Did you hear that? Any day.
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