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Sunshine. Ocean breezes. Sprawling parks. You've got a pretty good idea of what a San Diego vacation will be like. From the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld to promenading down Ocean Beach Pier and exploring Balboa Park, your perfectly pleasant getaway doesn't have to cost a pretty penny either.

Whether you want to laze on golden sand, hang ten with surfers or play a round (or three) of golf, let CheapTickets show you how to travel San Diego on the cheap.

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The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 325 reviews
Sophisticated elegance in Gaslamp with business center and yogaThe Sofia Hotel was designed for business travelers. Guests enjoy the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. Other convenience-oriented amenities in this sophisticated and elegant property include mini refrigerators, laptop-sized in-room safes and more. Situated on the edge of the Gaslamp Quarter, the hotel features breathtaking views of San Diego Bay. The on-site restaurant, Currant Brasserie, serves French-inspired cuisine. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi access throughout the property. Highlights24-hour business center, fitness center and yoga centerIn-room mini refrigeratorLocated steps from the Gaslamp Quarter and the waterfrontProperty-wide Wi-Fi access RoomsThe Sofia Hotel offers 211 rooms, including six suites which are sparsely decorated, but elegant nevertheless. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, mini-refrigerator, microwave oven, MP3 docking station, laptop-sized safe, hairdryer and Gilchrist & Soames bath products. Pets are welcome (fees apply). Features The Sofia Hotel dates back to 1926, when it opened as the Pickwick. It closed in 2006, underwent extensive renovations and reopened in 2008 as the Sofia. Along the way, the property was inducted into the National Trust Historic Hotels of America. Today, guests of the hotel receive complimentary access to the 24-hour business and fitness centers and 24-hour health center with yoga studio. The yoga studio offers classes in a number of different styles, complimentary to guests. The Sofia Hotel also boasts an on-site spa which offers a variety of treatments inspired by the Far East (fees apply). The hotel even offers on site pet-care services through a local Dogs and the City outpost (fees apply). Currant Brasserie, the on-site restaurant, serves a mix of American and French style brasserie dishes, along with inventive cocktails and desserts. Transportation MTS Bus (1 block)San Diego Trolley (4 blocks)San Diego International Airport (2 mi/3 km) Attractions Gaslamp Quarter (1 block)Petco Park (3 blocks)San Diego Zoo (1 mi/1.5 km)Old Town (2 mi/3 km)Sea World (5 mi/9 km)Qualcomm Stadium (6 mi/11 km)Point Loma (6 mi/11 km) Business 24-hour business centerMeeting space to accommodate up to 90 peopleGlobal videoconferencing capabilities Policies and feesGuest must be at least 18 years old and should bring valid ID and credit card to check in to the hotel.Valet parking fee is $34.The guest service fee is $8.75 ($9.85 with tax and assessments). The fee includes the following: Property-wide Wi-Fi and Ethernet Internet access, 24-hour Fitness Centre and Yoga Studio, Scheduled yoga classes (please check with the hotel for times), 24-hour Business Center, Unlimited local and toll-free telephone calls, 2 in-room bottled waters, HBO and ESPN, Guided Walking Tours (Weekends, weather permitting), In-room coffee and condiments, Lobby Newspapers (USA Today), "Urban Cruiser' bicycle use with helmets.
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Kings Inn - San Diego

2 stars
3.6 / 5 434 reviews
Family-friendly hotel near Sea World with discount tickets and poolFew hotels are as fun as the Kings Inn. The property, located minutes from Sea World and the San Diego Zoo is decorated in a medieval theme. Kings Inn has a heated outdoor pool and Jacuzzi tub. Two on-site restaurants specialize in family-friendly cuisine like waffles and Mexican. Guests also receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and discount tickets to area attractions. Highlights Located minutes from Sea World and San Diego ZooTwo family-friendly on-site restaurantsRelax in heated outdoor poolDiscount tickets to area attractions Rooms The two-story Kings Inn advertises that its accommodations reign supreme. Each of the 138 rooms comes standard with satellite TV, hair dryer and complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Mini refrigerators are available (fees apply). Pets are welcome (fees apply). Features All guests receive discount tickets to Sea World and other attractions in the San Diego area. Furthermore, the hotel offers discount shuttle service to most attractions (fees apply). Guests have access to a heated outdoor pool and the hotel also offers 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). Two on-site restaurants are incredibly family-friendly. The Waffle Spot features breakfast and serves waffles and eggs all day. The Amigo Spot focuses on Mexican food with quesadillas big enough to feed an entire clan. The Amigo Spot also features an evening cocktail lounge. Transportation MTS Bus (3 blocks)San Diego Trolley (1 mi/1.5 km)San Diego International Airport (4 mi/6 km) Attractions Sea World (2 mi/3 km)San Diego Zoo (4 mi/7 km)Old Town (4 mi/7 km)Point Loma (5 mi/8 km)Petco Park (6 mi/10 km)Qualcomm Stadium (6 mi/10 km) Business 4,000 square feet of meeting spacePublic computer terminal in lobby  
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Residence Inn San Diego Downtown/Gaslamp Quarter

3 stars
4.2 / 5 21 reviews
Extend your experience and explore like a local with the new Residence Inn San Diego Downtown Gaslamp Hotel. Designed with modern and eclectic touches, our hotel in the San Diego Gaslamp Quarter embodies an urban design with a hint of the Victorian era. Enjoy a prime location steps from the convention center at our San Diego hotel near downtown. Relax in our San Diego suites and enjoy the residential feel of our Gaslamp Quarter hotel. Start your day with a free buffet breakfast and stay connected from our suites in San Diego with high-speed internet access. Step out into the vitality of downtown San Diego with over 100 restaurants embracing a variety of cuisines from around the world. Relax by the contemporary lobby fireplace, refresh at the rooftop pool or rejuvenate in a state-of-the-art fitness center. Unwind at the end of the day in Bar Vie, our full service bar with lite restaurant menu and indoor and outdoor seating. Refresh your travel routine at our Residence Inn San Diego Gaslamp Hotel.
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Days Hotel San Diego Hotel Circle/ Near SeaWorld

3 stars
3.6 / 5 994 reviews
Convenience and value with gourmet restaurant near SeaWorldJust minutes from SeaWorld and Mission Bay, the Days Hotel - Hotel Circle offers convenience and value in comfortable accommodations. The hotel features an outdoor heated pool and a hot tub. An on-site restaurant, Bunz Burger Joint, serves gourmet farm-to-table burgers and hot dogs and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Highlights Dine in gourmet burgers, hot dogs, and milkshakes at the on-site Bunz Burger Joint Luxuriate in the outdoor pool or hot tub Located minutes from SeaWorld and Mission Bay Free wireless Internet access RoomsAll of the 280 rooms at the Days Hotel - Hotel Circle were renovated in 2010. Today, most rooms come standard with mini-refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker and ironing board. Business place guest rooms feature a work desk and include a daily snack pack with bottled water. Deluxe kitchenette guest rooms feature an efficiency kitchen, complete with utensils and dishes. Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access is available throughout the property. FeaturesThe Days Hotel - Hotel Circle is the highest-rated Days Hotel in the San Diego area and the property is a member of the California Green Lodging Program. All guests receive free parking. Guests also have complimentary access to a heated outdoor pool and a hot tub in the on-site laundry facility. Bunz Burger Joint serves breakfast, gourmet burgers, hot dogs, shakes and more for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. TransportationMTS Bus (Across the street)San Diego Trolley (1 mi/1.5 km)San Diego International Airport (7 mi/13 km) AttractionsOld Town (1.9 mi/3.1 km)San Diego Zoo (3.1 mi/5 km)Point Loma (3.5 mi/5.6 km)Qualcomm Stadium (4.1 mi/6.6 km)Sea World (4.4 mi/7.1 km)PETCO Park (4.8 mi/7.7 km) Business1,150-square-foot meeting room Policies and fees A valid credit card will be required upon check-in and will be authorized as a deposit for daily incidental charges.
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Motel 6 San Diego Airport Harbor

1 star
2.3 / 5 16 reviews
Motel 6 San Diego Airport/Harbor is located off I-5 at Hawthorn St, minutes from Historic Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town San Diego. The world famous San Diego Zoo and Sea World are a few miles away. Enjoy our modern rooms, outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi.
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Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Diego Mon, Jan 26 - Mon, Feb 9 $333
Seattle San Diego Thu, Jan 22 - Sat, Feb 7 $181
Washington DC San Diego Wed, Jan 14 - Mon, Jan 19 $326
Boston San Diego Wed, Jan 21 - Wed, Jan 28 $332
Chicago San Diego Tue, Jan 13 - Tue, Jan 20 $265
Baltimore San Diego Mon, Jan 26 - Fri, Jan 30 $371
Newark San Diego Tue, Jan 20 - Tue, Jan 27 $338
Philadelphia San Diego Tue, Jan 13 - Wed, Jan 28 $352
San Francisco San Diego Sat, Jan 10 - Wed, Jan 14 $97
Atlanta San Diego Tue, Jan 13 - Tue, Jan 27 $317
Dallas San Diego Tue, Jan 6 - Tue, Jan 13 $137
Detroit San Diego Wed, Dec 10 - Thu, Dec 11 $304
Denver San Diego Thu, Jan 8 - Sat, Jan 17 $81
Minneapolis San Diego Tue, Dec 9 - Tue, Dec 16 $263
Honolulu San Diego Fri, Dec 19 - Fri, Jan 2 $468
Pittsburgh San Diego Sat, Dec 13 - Sun, Jan 11 $349
Charlotte San Diego Wed, Dec 17 - Wed, Dec 24 $527
Orlando San Diego Sat, Jan 17 - Sun, Jan 25 $307
Fort Lauderdale San Diego Sat, Dec 6 - Sat, Dec 13 $335
Portland San Diego Wed, Dec 10 - Wed, Dec 17 $107
Houston San Diego Fri, Dec 5 - Wed, Dec 10 $125
Norfolk San Diego Fri, Jan 23 - Fri, Feb 6 $398
Raleigh San Diego Sat, Dec 6 - Sat, Dec 13 Check rates
Milwaukee San Diego Tue, Dec 9 - Wed, Dec 10 $295
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Best time to take a vacation to San Diego

  • Best Time to Go

    Travelers planning San Diego vacations can book their trips without being concerned about the weather, since the area experiences mild temperatures throughout the year. However, visitors who want to enjoy a sunny vacation in the city should try to arrange their San Diego travel in July to avoid running into the fog that descends during late spring. Summer is also a great time to experience the many annual events hosted in the city, including the Shakespeare Festival, the Pride Parade, and the San Diego County Fair. Guests who visit in early fall may take advantage of cheap post-summer hotel rates.

Insider tips for San Diego travel

  • Solana Beach

    Make a day trip drive to Solana Beach to enjoy a quiet beach with casual eateries.

  • Paddle Boarding Tour

    Take a stand-up paddle boarding tour around the area where you can learn various trivia about the city.

  • City Attractions

    Plan a kids’ sleepover night at one of the city’s attractions such as the USS Midway Museum or SeaWorld San Diego.

  • Trolley System

    Avoid some of the traffic jams on the interstate by using the city trolley system to get around.

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Book a special photo safari tour at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park to get a behind-the-scenes look at the zoo’s wild animals.

San Diego highlights

  • San Diego highlights
  • Seaport Village

    Whether you're shopping or gazing at the yachts idling around San Diego Bay, Seaport Village is fantastic for kicking back on your San Diego travels. Grab yourself some cheap eats by the water.

  • Old Town

    For some heritage on your San Diego vacation, spend a few hours wandering about Old Town. View the oldest buildings San Diego, including the old blacksmith's, Seeley Stables and even a schoolhouse.

  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center

    For a peek into the heavens than won't cost you a dime, ogle the universe at the Science Center, located near Balboa Park. On the first Wednesday of every month, the San Diego Astronomy Association sets up free telescopes for you to do some stargazing of your own.

  • Julian

    Time travel back to the 1800s in this gold-mining town located in the Cuyamaca Mountains. With plenty of historic buildings to explore -- not to mention the tastiest apple pie in San Diego -- Julian is the perfect low-cost day out on a San Diego vacation.

  • Point Loma

    Your San Diego travels won't be complete without discovering the undersea wonderland at the tide pools in Point Loma. From vibrant anemones and slippery octopi to scuttling crabs, there are plenty of living things to discover in the sunshine. Best of all, it's completely free.

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