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San Diego, CA
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Marina District featuring a bay or harbor

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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 $161 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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! (2,808 reviews)
"The Manchester is a great hotel - close to a lot of restaurants, shopping, sightseeing etc. The bed was extremely firm, but the view was amazing. A lot of the amenities are closed due to COVID, but we made it work."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 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 $118 per night from Apr 28 to Apr 29
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! (3,355 reviews)
"The location was great ! The hotel was also very nice friendly staff as well"

Reviewed on Apr 21, 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 $209 per night from May 2 to May 3
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! (2,205 reviews)
"Perfect resort for a relaxing vacation. If you want to take some time away from crazy busy life, this is the perfect place. You can walk around the resort, get food and drink, go swimming or just chill."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

Paradise Point Resort & 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 $129 per night from Apr 27 to Apr 28
Located in Sorrento Valley, this aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Westfield UTC, Torrey Pines State Reserve, and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Torrey ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (659 reviews)
"The parking area was a limited due to the fleet of vans stored in the parking lot."

Reviewed on Apr 9, 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 $119 per night from Apr 22 to Apr 23
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 Apr 5, 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 $148 per night from May 18 to May 19
Situated in San Diego, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from NTC Promenade and within 3 mi (5 km) of Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Harbor Island. Old Town San ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (189 reviews)
"Very clean and beautiful hotel. I will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 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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Veryle

Jun 7, 2020

I love this place and love living here.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 4, 2020

We love San Diego, its definitely a yearly trip for our family!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Definitely recommend trying out Wonderland Ocean Pub!

4/5 - Good

R.

Jun 2, 2020

Please call Police and remove street people loitering on and next to property. Its a safety issue.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

I really enjoyed the visit to the Del Mar village. Many places to go there and loved the fact that they have a dog beach there. Perfect place.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Is nice traveling to San Diego, nice weather

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