San Diego, CA

Travel Guide
Marina District featuring a bay or harbor

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

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is ¥15,364 per night from Feb 1 to Feb 2
Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of USS Midway Museum, Balboa Park, and San Diego Convention Center. San Diego Zoo and Harbor ...
4/5 Very Good! (4,757 reviews)
"The property, room and hotel location were excellent. Nothing to fault"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2022

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
Fully refundable
The price is ¥18,985 per night from Jan 28 to Jan 29
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. Petco Park ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (3,431 reviews)
"Comfortable bed and pillows"

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
4 out of 5
875 Hotel Circle South, San Diego, CA
The price is ¥16,938 per night from Jan 25 to Jan 26
Located in Mission Valley, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hotel Circle, Balboa Park, and Old Town San Diego State Park. University of San Diego and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (786 reviews)
"This is a newer property and in very good condition. It is somewhat hard to find as it is set back from the street and the signage is poor to the main entrance - especially after dark. The hotel is very clean and quiet. The bed was comfortable and the towels were plush. However, there was no shampoo ..."

Reviewed on Jan 22, 2022

Legacy Resort Hotel & Spa
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.
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 ¥14,222 per night from Jan 31 to Feb 1
Located in Sorrento Valley, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Westfield UTC, Torrey Pines State Reserve, and University of California, San Diego. Marine ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (806 reviews)
"Well kept and fair breakfast."

Reviewed on Jan 4, 2022

Sonesta ES Suites San Diego - Sorrento Mesa
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside
3.5 out of 5
2137 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA
The price is ¥18,644 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28
Located in Little Italy, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of San Diego Bay and Waterfront Park. Port of San Diego and B Street Cruise Ship Terminal ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,100 reviews)
"We like the Homewood Suites because the kitchen allows us to be independent of take-out food and restaurants. However, we were surprised by how good the breakfast experience was - in particular due to the attentive, cheerful, and extremely helpful Jack and Natalie working there: they seemed to read ..."

Reviewed on Jan 12, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Downtown/Bayside
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Hotel Circle/SeaWorld Area
Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Hotel Circle/SeaWorld Area
3 out of 5
2201 Hotel Circle S, San Diego, CA
The price is ¥16,369 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7
Located in Mission Valley, this aparthotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hotel Circle, Old Town San Diego State Park, and Mission Bay. University of San Diego and ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,279 reviews)
"This hotel is in a great location with easy freeway access. Public transport is reasonably close. It's surprisingly quiet given its proximity to the freeway. The rooms were nice and clean. Chromecast on the living room TV was great. The kitchenette was functional and massive money saver. The breakfast ..."

Reviewed on Jan 20, 2022

Homewood Suites by Hilton San Diego Hotel Circle/SeaWorld Area
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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