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San Diego
Travel Guide

San Diego

On the sun-drenched Pacific coast, this Southern California city provides great beaches, a famous zoo, historic sites and exciting nightlife.

San Diego is one of the most populated U.S. cities, but its laid-back lifestyle and pleasant open spaces give it a crowd-free feel. Bring the family to enjoy zoos, parks and beaches or have a romantic vacation with winery tours, great food and cultural evenings.

In Balboa Park near downtown, the famous San Diego Zoo has giant pandas, koalas and more than 3,500 animals in natural habitats, as well as 700,000 exotic plants. See more wild animals or even spend the night at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park north of the city. Enjoy marine animals and rides at SeaWorld®.

Along the ocean northwest of downtown is La Jolla. Hike past craggy trees in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and watch for whales beyond the shoreline. Play at the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course or visit the beaches along this peninsula to swim and watch sea lions.

In San Diego Bay, tour the USS Midway Museum, a retired aircraft carrier with 29 planes from World War II to Desert Storm as well as exciting flight simulators. A few blocks north is the Maritime Museum of San Diego, with restored tall ships from the days of early explorers.

San Diego has more than 70 miles (110 kilometers) of beaches for snorkeling, swimming, surfing and watersports. Enjoy the sands of Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and Windansea Beach.

The city has abundant cultural attractions including more than 15 museums and performance venues in Balboa Park. Attend first-run and popular touring plays at La Jolla Playhouse.

Visit the Gaslamp Quarter to view historic Victorian homes and sample San Diego’s fine dining and exciting nightlife. See a professional baseball game at Petco Park or let the kids enjoy interactive exhibits at the New Children’s Museum.

Fly into San Diego International Airport or drive along the scenic coastal highway and stop to view the Pacific Ocean. Visit some of the county’s 100 wineries. End your days with sunsets at Cabrillo National Monument or La Jolla Cove.

Where to stay in San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
The price is £160 per night from 19 Apr to 20 Apr
Located in Downtown San Diego, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, San Diego Convention Center, and USS Midway Museum. Port of ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,806 reviews)
"Paid etra for the view of the city it was alright. Seen a lot of parking lot. Mot so much city view. Smaller room than I extpected with a small dirty window. The bathroom wasnt that clean either. The staff was very friendly. I just am disappointed with the room not being as clean as i would have ..."

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2021

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is £110 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of USS Midway Museum and Balboa Park. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Zoo are also ...
4/5Very Good! (3,359 reviews)
"Location"

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2021

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is £198 per night from 2 May to 3 May
Located in San Diego, this beachfront resort is in a regional park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mission Bay, Mission Beach and Belmont Park. Dog Beach and Pacific ...
4.2/5Excellent! (2,198 reviews)
"Really nice time our family, and our son's family. We had bungalows close to each other and our boys spent the weekend roaming around safely, kayaking, sailing. Best resort water sport shop in probably all of California, and we've been to many. Would come back. Only downside is the Barefoot bar restaurant ..."

Reviewed on 18 Apr 2021

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
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Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Sorrento Mesa
Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Sorrento Mesa
3 out of 5
6639 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA
The price is £105 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Located in Sorrento Valley, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Westfield UTC, Torrey Pines State Reserve and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Torrey ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (658 reviews)
"The parking area was a limited due to the fleet of vans stored in the parking lot."

Reviewed on 9 Apr 2021

Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Sorrento Mesa
Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Rancho Bernardo
Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Rancho Bernardo
3 out of 5
11855 Avenue Of Industry, San Diego, CA
The price is £97 per night from 20 Apr to 21 Apr
Situated in the suburbs, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Carmel Mountain Plaza and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course. Old Poway ...
4.3/5Excellent! (468 reviews)
"This was a great place to stay--very clean, quiet, convenient, and the staff was helpful and friendly. Would stay here again."

Reviewed on 5 Apr 2021

Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Rancho Bernardo
TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
2.5 out of 5
2311 Lee Court, San Diego, CA
The price is £121 per night from 18 May to 19 May
Situated in San Diego, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from NTC Promenade and within 3 miles (5 km) of Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Harbor Island. Old Town ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (188 reviews)
"The staff is super friendly and helpful. Check in is super smooth and the parking is easy."

Reviewed on 15 Apr 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of San Diego

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5/5 - Excellent

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6 Apr 2020

One of the best cities we have visited. Food, drink, entertainment and sightseeing excellent. Particularly recommend the USS Midway and South harbour cruise. The Queenstown pub near Little Italy had fabulous food and drink at reasonable prices!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

17 Mar 2020

We have family here so have been here many times before. We love Del Mar and Coronado.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

3 Mar 2020

Love it! My new favourite place, everyone is so friendly and the views are so beautiful!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

Loved San Diego on the whole and would definitely come back!!!

5/5 - Excellent

Steve

9 Feb 2020

San Diego is a fantastic City, It has everything from fantastic beaches to a great selection of restaurants. the hotel location is approximately 10-15 minutes from the airport

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Not too much to see if you are not a family, but nice to compare with LA.

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