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How to Plan the Ultimate San Diego Getaway

Sunset in San Diego

The Ultimate Getaway Guide to San Diego

San Diego, also known as “America’s finest city,” offers 70 miles of sun-drenched coast, an inviting ocean, and a year-round daily forecast of 70°F. It’s home to quite a few amazing attractions and establishments. It also boasts hundreds of one of a kind restaurants and your dream San Diego nightclub, as well as amazing natural spectacles like its 4 wildlife preserves and more.

Sunrise in San Diego California
Sunrise in San Diego, California

From the historic Gaslamp Quarter, home to some of the best restaurants, bars, and shops, to the world-famous San Diego Zoo located in the 1,200+ acre Balboa Park, there is something for everyone in San Diego.

When planning your San Diego getaway, there are a few important things to keep in mind as with any other vacation. In this article, we will look at a few great tips to help you get the most value out of your trip.

San Diego Getaway
San Diego Getaway

Book In Advance

When possible, there are a few things that you should try to book well in advance of your trip. One example is airfare. Most airlines will offer a cheaper rate if you book well in advance of your trip. You can potentially save hundreds on your family’s plane tickets by booking with sites like Expedia and Travelocity.

It’s also beneficial to book your hotel stay simultaneously as your flights and travel sites may offer some kind of promotional package deal that could put even more savings back into your pocket.

San Francisco offers several amusement parks that you may want to check out, including LEGOLAND and the Historic Belmont Park, a rustic oceanside amusement park complete with old-timey carnival games and even wooden roller coasters.

These parks often offer family packages and attractive presale prices if you buy your tickets well ahead of time.

Beaches in San Diego California
Beaches in San Diego California

Book Flights with Layovers

While it might be more convenient and time effective to book direct flights, you can usually save a fair amount of money by booking your flight with a stop in the middle.

A layover can be a great opportunity to stretch your legs, grab something to eat, or have a quick drink in one of the many airport bars and restaurants that you find in most large airports. Why spend more money when you can avoid it by adding a few hours to your travel time?

San Diego Old Town Market
San Diego Old Town Market

Travel During Low Traffic Times

The price of flights can vary considerably depending on the month, day, and travel time. Travel sites will let you compare flight prices across a whole month, meaning you’ll be able to see the cheapest days to fly, Potentially saving you hundreds of dollars, which gives you more money to buy souvenirs on your trip!

Avoiding the weekends can make a huge impact on the price of flights. It’s quite substantially cheaper to fly on Wednesdays than it is on Friday or Saturday. You can also save substantially by booking early morning flight times. These ‘red-eye’ flights are usually far less crowded, so that is another bonus.

Tacos to go
Tacos to go

How to Save on the Cost of Food

Everyone loves a delicious meal in a good restaurant. San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter is home to some great restaurants serving the best dishes from around the world, like the highly praised Taka Asian restaurant, which serves some of the freshest sushi to be found in the bay area. But paying for the whole family to eat at restaurants can get pretty costly, pretty quick.

Luckily, most hotels offer a complimentary breakfast, including fruit, various assorted pastries, coffee, and more. While it might take a little time out of your day, you might consider visiting one of the many local artisanal markets and buying some food items to eat for lunch each day.

For about $40, a fraction of the cost of feeding your whole family at a restaurant, you can buy good lunch meat, fresh bread, cheese, and fresh fruit and have a picnic lunch at La Jolla Shores.

The beach will always be free, and La Jolla shores is a great beach known for gentle surf and beautiful green-blue waters. What could be better than enjoying a sandwich in paradise? Not much.

Colorful Market in San Diego
Colorful Market in San Diego


San Diego is a great city that offers a bit of something for every person, regardless of age or background; with so much to see and experience, you may not know where to start! Make a list of the most attractive sights you would like to see in San Diego, and use the tips in this article to find the cheapest travel and lodging for your trip. You’ll be happy that you did.

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Written by Melo Villareal

Melo Villareal is the Online Publisher of He is an Accountant by profession who left the corporate world at the age of 23 to explore his beautiful country and the rest of the world. Today, Melo works as a part-time Social Media Manager for local and international clients. His full-time work focuses on discovering interesting culture, explore different cuisines and take memorable photos from local and international destinations he's visiting.

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