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Located along the coast of southern California just 15 miles from the border, San Diego is a thriving city best known for its picturesque beaches, family-friendly attractions, and desirable climate. From exploring wildlife sanctuaries and hiking up coastal cliffs to brewery hopping and surfing at Mission Bay, sunny San Diego is bursting with exciting things to do. The laid-back atmosphere of this beach town will keep you from feeling overwhelmed by your ample options for activities. With so much to do for all types of travelers, it’s no wonder why San Diego is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the United States.
Because the weather in San Diego is consistently warm with temperatures that stay in the 60s and 70s for much of the year, there is really no bad time to visit. The summertime is peak tourist season in San Diego, so this is when you will see the largest crowds and more expensive rates on flights and vacation rentals. If you prefer a less crowded experience with better deals on vacation rentals, the best time to visit San Diego is from March to May and September to November. During these months, the weather is still beautiful and the top tourist spots in San Diego are far less crowded.
The easiest way to get to San Diego is by flying into the San Diego International Airport (SAN), which is located halfway between the heart of downtown San Diego and the Pacific Ocean coastline. Between the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System and abundant rideshare services, getting around in San Diego is a breeze. If you’re in town for a longer visit and prefer the freedom of your own means of transportation, you can easily secure a car rental for your stay in beautiful San Diego.
Whether you’re on a solo trip, traveling with your partner, or traveling with the whole family, San Diego is filled with a wide array of attractions that appeal to every type of traveler. You can go surfing, hiking, shopping, and bar hopping all in one day. In sunny San Diego, anything is possible.
Mission Bay Park
Known as San Diego’s water wonderland, Mission Bay Park covers 4,600 acres and is the largest man-made aquatic park in the world. Here you will find top San Diego sights like Mission Bay, Mission Beach, Pacific Beach, Sunset Cliffs, and Ocean Beach. Each of the beach communities found within Mission Bay Park has its own unique vibe and plenty of opportunities for fun. With attractions like water sports, amusement parks, hiking trails, art studios, vintage shops, and upscale restaurants; Mission Bay Park has something for everyone.
With over 1,200 acres of land that covers countless museums, theaters, gardens, recreational facilities, restaurants, and even the world-famous San Diego Zoo; Balboa Park is much more than your average park. With so many popular attractions in one place, you could easily spend your entire vacation within the boundaries of the park. However, we highly recommend expanding your horizons beyond the incredible Balboa Park, as the rest of San Diego awaits with open arms.
La Jolla Cove
The iconic La Jolla Cove is a picturesque cove that attracts tourists and locals alike for its stunning natural beauty and rich marine life. Popular activities at La Jolla Cove include swimming, hiking, snorkeling, and scuba diving. California sea lions can often be found sun-bathing on the Cove’s cliffs and bluffs, so be sure to bring a camera along. If you’re looking for great photo ops, there are also plenty of secluded sea caves that make for incredible backdrops.