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San Diego Vacations - Frequently Asked Questions
Ready to plan your dream San Diego vacation? To help you build your itinerary, we’ve answered some of your frequently asked questions about this seaside destination, from when you should book your trip to where to go in San Diego during your stay. Check out our answers below to ensure you’re all set for your vacation on the West Coast!
What is San Diego famous for?
As soon as you book your San Diego trip, you’ll discover all this coastal city has to offer, from its world-class beaches to its craft beer scene. The SoCal destination features the largest urban cultural park in the U.S., Balboa Park, and boasts more than 90 golf courses in the area. With its fish tacos and water activities, San Diego does not disappoint.
When is the best time to visit San Diego?
It’s always a good time to plan a vacation to San Diego, but July through to September is considered the high season. October and November are beautiful, with fewer crowds, but you’ll want to pack layers because the evenings can get chilly. Keep in mind, January tends to be the rainiest time of year, while May and June often experience fog along the coastline.
What are the top attractions for a San Diego family vacation?
Some of the best San Diego vacation ideas include a trip to the San Diego Zoo Safari park, which is a massive wildlife sanctuary, home to 300 species, such as giraffes, cheetahs, tigers, and even rhinoceros. Spend an afternoon learning about the animals and getting up close and personal with them.
Belmont Park is another popular place to visit during your stay. This beachfront amusement park in Mission Beach features a roller coaster, rides, mini-golf, a rock climbing wall, and arcade games galore. Stay at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina, which will place you near all the fun.
What is there to do on a San Diego vacation if I'm on a budget?
La Jolla Cove Beach is always a top pick for visitors as it won’t cost you a thing to enjoy! Here you can snorkel, swim, and spot sea lions and seals basking on the shore. The picturesque cove, surrounded by cliffs, is part of a protected marine reserve. For easy access, stay at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites La Jolla.
Torrey Pines State Park is another affordable beach option. For a small fee, you can spend the entire day exploring the scenic area. Located just south of Del Mar, this inviting state park features 8 miles of coastal hiking. Pack a picnic, hike the trails, and go for a dip in the Pacific Ocean. There’s even a lagoon area for the children to enjoy.
How can I find a San Diego vacation deal?
Whether you’re looking for a San Diego vacation package, flight, or hotel, we offer it all. Search through our vast selection until you find just what you need for your upcoming getaway to America’s Finest City.
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Things to do in San Diego
San Diego zoo is perhaps the city’s most famous attraction. The zoo has won numerous awards, and hosts a wide range of animals, from camels to arctic foxes and polar bears. Take your time to explore the various sections of the zoo, which contains more than 3,500 animals. There are also play areas for the kids, in addition to the daily shows and tours available.
As a coastal city, San Diego has a rich naval history. A day out at the USS Midway Museum will give you the opportunity to learn more. Located inside an aircraft carrier, the museum has plenty to entertain the whole family. You can ride on a flight simulator, and check out the aircraft gallery. Here, you’ll get a close-up view of refurbished planes.
The Petco Park baseball stadium is home to the world-renowned San Diego Padres. Baseball fans can buy tickets to a game. You can also take a tour of the stadium, and visit the merchandise shop for souvenirs. If you’re not into sports, the stadium building is architecturally impressive, and a great place from which to view the city. When the baseball season is over, the stadium becomes a busy entertainment and music venue.
San Diego beaches
The Californian sun means that you can enjoy San Diego’s sandy beaches, whatever the season. Whether you want to surf, lounge or take up some watersports, there are plenty of beaches to choose from on the 17 miles of coast.
The La Jolla Cove is of the city’s smaller beaches. Nestled between sandstone cliffs, its waters are so clear that visibility often exceeds 30 feet. This makes it a perfect location for swimmers and snorkelers. The cove is within the San Diego La Jolla Underwater Park Ecological Reserve, so there's plenty of marine life to see.
If you’d like a quieter beach further from the commercial areas, Windansea Beach could be the one for you. The waves are high, so it’s popular with surfers, and the sandstone rock makes for a secluded, sheltered sunbathing spot.
There's also Mission Bay Park. It’s composed of more than 4,600 acres of land and water, and has 27 miles of coastline. Mission Bay is popular with sailors and motorboat enthusiasts, as well as water skiers, picnickers and swimmers.
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