How to Save Money While Visiting San Diego

The most ideal California fun is spending a vacation in San Diego. The city experiences a gentle weather most part of the year, with a lot of activities targeted at singles and couples, families and friends, and the eateries kept on improving both in the quality of their meals and services. Furthermore, this spring, better deals and discounts are being offered throughout the city, making it the best time to visit.

One can see San Diego as a small city, but the fun of it is that where you will stay will greatly be determined by what you plan to do while you are there. If you planned surfing La Jolla Cove, the best place to stay is at La Jolla town or close-by Del Mar. Peradventure, you are one of the few that enjoys nightlife or have a conference to attend, then downtown will be your best option, with a lot of retail therapy alternatives. If you are thinking of planning your vacation geographically bear in mind that you will spend more time in the field than in the car.

In order to enjoy one of the 14 museums including the San Diego National History Museum of Photographic Arts and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, you are advised to enter public transportation to Balboa Park. For more fun at Balboa Park, let your trip be more than one day, the Passport to Balboa Park will cost you $45 for adults and $24 for children between the ages of 3 and 12 which is regarded as very affordable. On Sundays, you will have the privilege to enjoy free concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, one of the world’s biggest outdoor pipe organs.

What about giving it a try to explore the nightlife of the Gaslamp Quarter, which was once the stomping ground of the legendary Wyatt Earp. During the day, a walk through the historic neighborhood while enjoying the unique shops and restaurants will not be a bad idea. Horton Plaza which is just half block away will definitely be your destination if you wish to keep yourself occupied in a shopping mall.

Towards the west you will find the Museum of Contemporary Art, with locations in both downtown San Diego and La Jolla, which offers free admission for guests of not older than 25 years of age every day while the regular admission cost just $10. You are free to go ahead and explore the Seaport Village, the Navy Pier and the Maritime Museum. The San Diego Trolley is the best approach to get around at an affordable rate of $2.50/ride; day passes accessible for $5.

Search for lodging close to the notable Gaslamp Quarter, Little Italy and around the Scenic San Diego Bay. The discount option starts at $59/night and it includes 500 West, La Pensione at $75/night and Hotel Occidental very close to Balboa Park at $49/night. Upscale hotels include W San Diego, their rate starts at $165/night, Park Manor Suites at $172/night and Hotel Solamar at $212/night.

With an average of $29/person, one will dine comfortably at Downtown which runs the gamut from long-time favorites Athens Market Taverna and Anthony’s Fish Grotto for $28/person, to contemporary eateries, including Bandar, which offers Persian food for $34/person and Anthology which offers California cuisine for just $49/person.

Pacific and Mission Beaches, La Jolla
Spend your vacation along the coast– And have fun playing in the sea, windsurfing in the bay, going to Sea World and Old Town San Diego, for discount ticket idea check out MouseSavers. For more sight seeing rent a bike or Rollerblades for as low as $20/day and spend the day cruising the whole 3-mile long Mission Beach Boardwalk in between the Mission and Pacific Beach. Spending your vacation at La Jolla will afford you the opportunity to watch the sea lions and harbor seals along the shoreline, and stay for the sunsets. On the other hand, you can learn how to surf or SCUBA at La Jolla Shores and Cove. For a perfect family picnic and kite-flying, consider Mission Bay Park. Alternately hike along the Torrey Pines State Reserve to view the extraordinary pine
tree as well as glorious beaches with some clothing options.

Check the hotels around to find the best deal-hotel around Mission Bay can be cheaper than those along the ocean, and most of them can be very accommodating, including Bahia Resort whose room charges per night starts from $155, Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa starts from $179/night and The Dana on Mission Bay starts from $198/night. On the ocean side, there’s the Surfer Beach Hotel whose charges are a bit cheaper at $130/night and the Ocean Park Inn at $179/night.


Restaurants in Mission Beach and Pacific Beach takes care of the younger college crowd from nearby University of California, San Diego, University of San Diego and San Diego State. For this reason, less expensive options are readily available, including California’s ubiquitous In-N-Out Burger at an average price of $9/person, Kono’s Café for breakfast and burgers at $11/person, and La Playa Taco Shop at $10/person. For upscale options which are more expensive, consider Sushi Ota at $50/person, The Fishery at $36/person and Costa Brava at $36/person.

Del Mar, Carlsbad and North County
Further north in San Diego County, guests appreciate the casual and laid-back attitude of the territory, with attractions including the Del Mar Racetrack, Legoland and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park (formerly known as the San Diego Wild Animal Park), in order to get their discount idea always check MouseSavers. Del Mar is a lovely little town, with boutique shopping and fine dining. Solana Beach, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, Encinitas and Carlsbad all have some good times beach vibe and very well-maintained coastal areas. Down in the Oceanside, the California Surf Museum has a good collection of historic boards, photographs and videos. Take advantage of its brilliant and instructive display on the game of surfing and the legends who overcame the waters.

Reasonable lodging are found at the Best Western Stratford Inn ($122/night) and Clarion Del Mar Inn ($103/night). Close to Legoland, family-friendly hotel options includes West Inn & Suites with rooms from $164/night, Grand Pacific Palisades Resort and Hotel with rooms from $139/night in addition to resort charges and Carlsbad By the Sea Resort with rooms at $99/night. In the event that the park is your destination, search for hotels with free shuttle benefit and maintain a strategic distance from additional parking charges.

One of the things that encourages people in the north-bank in San Diego County is the great variety of taco stands and easygoing eateries. Try one along Pacific Coast Highway 101 and enjoy burrito tasting. Top choices includes Raul’s in Encinatas, Rudy’s Taco Shop in Solana Beach, and Juanitas Taco Shop in Leucadia (best chili relleno burritos on the coast).