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Your San Diego Vacation

San Diego, California's second largest city, offers the best of what Southern California has to offer. With miles of beautiful beaches, a rich heritage and a close proximity to Mexico, San Diego is one of the most versatile warm-weather holiday destinations in the United States with something for everyone. Beach-goers, partiers, history buffs, families with kids, wildlife enthusiasts, amateur oceanographers and budding naturalists will find something to excite them in San Diego. Travellers visiting San Diego from the states or abroad can use ebookers.com as their source for the cheapest airfare, most convenient ground transportation and the best local tours.

San Diego is well known for its most popular attractions, including the San Diego Zoo, the premiere zoo in North America, and Sea World San Diego, the home of some of the most famous ocean wildlife performers in the world. The city is also the home of the most famous annual media fan convention in the United States-the San Diego Comic-Con, held every year in July. San Diego is also famous for its natural beauty, offering some of California's best beaches and hosting one of the last natural preserves of the historic Torrey Pine on the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

Top San Diego County attractions

  • The San Diego Zoo Safari Park on 1,800 acres near Escondido gives visitors a chance to view animals in their own habitats
  • SeaWorld San Diego allows visitors to interact with sea animals, offering shows, exhibits and ocean enclosures that give visitors a better understanding of ocean wildlife
  • The LEGOLAND California amusement park offers rides and attractions for the young and the young at heart
  • The Birch Aquarium at Scripps, operated by the University of California, is San Diego's only aquarium
  • San Diego's Balboa Park, featuring flowering gardens, arboretums and museums and surrounded by neoclassical Spanish architecture
  • Torrey Pines State Reserve with its coastal trails, picturesque views and rare Torrey Pine trees
  • Cabrillo National Monument at Point Loma offers views from the top of the mountain that overlooks San Diego Bay
  • The San Diego Maritime Museum, home to a collection of 19th-century sailing ships
  • Mission San Diego de Alcala in Mission Valley, California's oldest mission consisting of gardens, museum and original chapel.

Insider tips for San Diego County travel

San Diego is the second largest city in California, so there are many interesting hot spots that are known primarily to the locals. If you want to experience San Diego like a resident of this exciting city, try these fun places to eat, drink and socialize:

  • Visit the Lamplighter at 817 W. Washington in Mission Hills. This local dive is the perfect place to start a pub crawl with friends.
  • Visit Jose's Courtroom at 1037 Prospect St. in La Jolla for a casual happy hour spot Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Spend money like a local by going to Balboa Park on Sundays for the free concerts from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Take the 10-minute trail up the La Jolla Reservoir to enjoy a unique, panoramic view of the surrounding area.
  • Try the 24-hour Studio Diner at 4701 Ruffin Rd. in Kearny Mesa if you need breakfast at 3 a.m. and prefer a place with some local flavour.
  • The San Diego Zoo on 100 acres in Balboa Park is considered one of the premiere zoos in North America

Ocean Beach

Hunt for antiques in the funky Ocean Beach neighborhood, followed by an evening stroll along nearby Sunset Cliffs.

Padres parking tip

See a Padres game at the modern Petco Park without the hassle of parking downtown. Park at Qualcomm Stadium for free and ride the Trolley straight to the stadium.

Neighborhood Ale House

Finding a place to start amid the country's best craft beer scene might be intimidating. Neighborhood Ale House (downtown San Diego) offers samples and an innovative California burger menu. Or make a day of it: Several brewery tour operators will pick you up from your hotel.

Lestat's coffee shop

Let 24-hour coffee shop Lestat’s be your window into the hip North Park/Normal Heights neighborhood. Lattes are strong and tongue-in-cheek gargoyle décor is a break from San Diego’s otherwise sunny personality.

Encinitas gardens

Explore the (free) gardens at the Encinitas Self-Realization Fellowship Hermitage and Meditation Gardens. You’ll be asked to keep voices down and cell phones off while strolling among koi ponds and peering over surfers from a pelican point-of-view.

Best time to go on holiday to San Diego County

San Diego is an ideal holiday destination almost any time of the year. The area boasts warm weather in the 70s on most days, with variations according to the local terrain and your proximity to the coast. If you plan to spend your time in San Diego on the beach, avoid visiting in May or June, when the area experiences heavy cloud cover. Locals refer to this weather phenomenon as May Grey and June Gloom. September is typically the hottest month of the year, with little rainfall and a high likelihood of experiencing multiple foggy days in a row.

San Diego County highlights

San Diego Zoo, Safari Park & SeaWorld

Warm year-round weather keeps the animals happy at world-renowned San Diego Zoo, Safari Park and SeaWorld. Don’t miss the pandas, the African safari and the zip line. On a smaller scale (and free), tide pools and coves can be found along the San Diego shore from Ocean Beach to La Jolla.

Coronado Island & beach

This gorgeous seaside landmark is home to must-see Hotel del Coronado, San Diego Bay, art galleries, yacht marinas and more. Even getting there is fun: Passengers, bring a camera for the drive over the 2-mile, super-high bridge.

Balboa Park

What really makes San Diego the envy of other cities around the world? This massive park where 100-year-old Spanish revival buildings, the zoo, museums, carousel, gardens, walking paths and outdoor theaters are open year-round.

Del Mar Racetrack

What began as a thoroughbred playground for Hollywood stars in the 1930s is now such a San Diego summertime tradition that opening day draws over 40,000 people, all wearing elegant hats and fedoras.

Military sites

See San Diego as a company town for the Navy and Marine Corps starting with the hands-on floating museum USS Midway aircraft carrier.

Gaslamp District

This culture haven in downtown San Diego draws fashionistas and wine-buffs to boutiques and specialty shops. Take a tour of the area's Victorian architecture and Gaslamp Museum. By night, the area is abuzz with restaurants, bars and clubs. Several hotels are nearby.

Family time in Carlsbad

Find Legoland, good surf beaches, golfing and a seaside village. Visit during March and April when the flower fields bloom.

Old Town San Diego

Salt-rimmed margaritas and hand-made corn tortillas remind you how close you are to the Mexico border. Browse craftsman shops to score unique finds like a tin lamp or hand-painted toy.

Museum of Contemporary Art

Spend an afternoon in posh La Jolla with some of California’s most exciting art. For an upscale post-museum meal with an elegant oceanfront view, George’s at the Cove is your spot.

Surfing

Learn to surf in the U.S. Mission Beach, La Jolla Shores and Encinitas -- three beginner-friendly spots where rentals and lessons are readily accessible.

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The Sofia Hotel

The Sofia Hotel

150 W Broadway, San Diego
3.5 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (7 reviews)

In the heart of downtown San Diego, this historic boutique hotel is 2 blocks from Horton Plaza, 4 blocks from the Gaslamp Quarter, and 6 blocks from the San ...

£109

£109
Town and Country San Diego

Town and Country San Diego

500 Hotel Cir N, San Diego
3.5 out of 5.0

Comprising 32 acres, this resort and conference center is next to the 27-hole Riverwalk Golf Club; Old Town, Balboa Park, SeaWorld San Diego, and the world famous ...

£76

£76
Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld

Days Inn San Diego Hotel Circle Near SeaWorld

543 Hotel Circle S, San Diego
3.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (13 reviews)

Located in San Diego's Mission Valley corridor just off I-8, this San Diego hotel is a half-mile from 2 shopping centers, and within 5 miles of SeaWorld, downtown, ...

£53

£53
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego

1 Market Pl, San Diego
4.0 out of 5.0
4.7 out of 5 (12 reviews)

This expansive highrise hotel towers over San Diego Bay next to the Seaport Village retail complex, 1 block from the convention center, and 2 blocks from the ...

£100

£100
Best Western Seven Seas

Best Western Seven Seas

411 Hotel Circle South, San Diego
3.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (7 reviews)

Adjacent to I-8, this budget-friendly hotel is within 6 miles of 2 sports stadiums, the Gaslamp Quarter, the convention center, the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld, ...

£52

£52
Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals

Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals

1821 South Coast Highway, Oceanside
3.5 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Oceanside vacation home is within 3 mi (5 km) of California Surf Museum, Carlsbad State Beach, and Oceanside Pier. ...

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

Wyndham San Diego Bayside

1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego
4.0 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (5 reviews)

Just west of the downtown core, this San Diego hotel is across the street from the cruise ship terminal, Coronado ferry, and the Maritime Museum. The Gaslamp ...

£118

£118
Ramada San Diego North Hotel and Conference Center

Ramada San Diego North Hotel and Conference Center

5550 Kearny Mesa Rd, San Diego
3.0 out of 5.0

Surrounded by palm trees, this hotel is situated on 5 acres of land, 9 miles from La Jolla beaches, 8 miles from the San Diego Zoo, and about 5 miles from the ...

£50

£50
Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld

Wyndham Garden San Diego Near SeaWorld

3737 Sports Arena Blvd, San Diego
3.0 out of 5.0
2.0 out of 5 (3 reviews)

Located in San Diego, this family-friendly hotel is 1 mile from SeaWorld Adventure Park and 2 miles from Mission Beach. Belmont Park is 2.4 miles away.

£72

£72
The Horton Grand Hotel

The Horton Grand Hotel

311 Island Ave, San Diego
3.5 out of 5.0
4.0 out of 5 (1 reviews)

This recently renovated 4-story hotel is within 4 blocks of PETCO Park, the San Diego Convention Center, Horton Plaza shopping, and 100 restaurants and bars; ...

£95

£95
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