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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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Cheap San Diego Vacation Packages

Motel 6 San Diego Downtown

1 star
3.3 / 5 73 reviews
Motel 6 San Diego Downtown is located within walking distance to area dining. Marina Park Beach is 1 mile. Ride the San Diego Trolley to popular San Diego destinations, 1.6 miles. Enjoy our modern rooms. Wi-Fi is available in all rooms for a fee.
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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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Nightly rates from $53

The Bristol Hotel

3 stars
4.1 / 5 168 reviews
Modern boutique hotel with California cuisine near Gaslamp DistrictSituated in the heart of downtown San Diego, just blocks from the Gaslamp District, the Bristol Hotel offers modern boutique luxury. The property, owned and operated by Greystone Hotels, features complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access and first-run pay-per-view movies in rooms. The top-floor Starlight Ballroom is the only meeting space in Southern California with a retractable roof. The on-site restaurant, FIRST avenue bar & grille, offers a delicious, casual and convenient San Diego dining experience. Highlights Complimentary Wi-Fi Internet accessConveniently located in the heart of San Diego's downtownEnjoy fresh California cuisine at on-site restaurantBallroom features retractable roof RoomsThe 102 rooms at the Bristol Hotel are spacious and spotless. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, MP3 docking station, plush robe and in-room safe. Guests receive complimentary Wi-Fi Internet access. Pets are welcome. FeaturesThe Bristol Hotel was one of a handful of hotels in California to receive the Green Eco-Leaf Rating from Audubon International. It is a certified member of the California Green Lodging Program. All guests receive complimentary access to the on-site fitness center. The hotel also offers first-run pay-per-view movies (fees apply) and 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). What's more, the top-floor Starlight ballroom, a popular site for meetings and events, is the only meeting facility in Southern California with a retractable roof. Enjoy relaxed dining ambience with great food and drinks at FIRST avenue bar & grille, the on-site restaurant, open seven days a week. Transportation MTS Bus (2 blocks)San Diego Trolley (3 blocks)San Diego International Airport (1 mi/1.5 km) Attractions San Diego Convention Center (1 mi/1.5 km)Petco Park (1 mi/1.5 km)Old Town (2 mi/3 km)San Diego Zoo (2 mi/3 km)Sea World (4 mi/6 km)Qualcomm Stadium (4 mi/6 km) Business Public computer terminal located in lobby5,000 square feet of meeting spaceStarlight ballroom features retractable roof, seats up to 400 guests Policies and fees Valet and self parking are available (fees apply)
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The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 343 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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Embassy Suites San Diego Bay - Downtown

3 stars
4.1 / 5 98 reviews
All-suite hotel in heart of San Diego with free breakfastLocation is everything for the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay – Downtown.  The property is located in the heart of downtown San Diego, a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center and across the street from Seaport Village. Guests receive complimentary breakfast and are welcome to attend a complimentary manager's reception nightly. The on-site restaurant, PFC Bar & Grill, is open for lunch and dinner. Highlights Enjoy complimentary breakfast or a drink at the nightly manager's receptionAcross the street from San Diego's Seaport VillageOn-site restaurant open for lunch and dinner Rooms As the hotel's name suggests, all 337 of the rooms at the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay – Downtown are suites. Each room comes standard with a flat-screen TV, sitting area, mini refrigerator and microwave. Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access are available (fees apply). Pets are welcome (fees apply). Features All guests of the Embassy Suites San Diego Bay – Downtown receive complimentary cooked-to-order hot breakfast each morning and complimentary access to a manager's reception every night. Guests also have access to a heated outdoor pool and fitness center with Cybex weightlifting equipment. The hotel offers 24-hour laundry service (fees apply). There's even a convenience store onsite. The on-site restaurant, PFC Bar & Grill, serves standard pub fare for lunch and dinner. The hotel is also a short walk to a number of restaurants in Seaport Village. Transportation MTS Bus (1 block)San Diego Trolley (2 blocks)San Diego International Airport (3 mi/5 km) Attractions San Diego Zoo (2 mi/3 km)Sea World (4 mi/6 km)Old Town (4 mi/6 km)Gaslamp District (1 mi/1.5 km)Petco Park (1 mi/1.5 km)Qualcomm Stadium (6 mi/10 km)Point Loma (6 mi/10 km) Business 6,700 square feet of meeting spaceBusiness centerFax and copy service Policies and fees Valet and self parking are available (fees apply)
Value Free cooked-to-order breakfast, Evening Reception
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Nightly rates from $170
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Cheap Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Diego Wed, Feb 25 - Tue, Mar 3 $328
Seattle San Diego Tue, Feb 17 - Tue, Feb 24 $181
Washington DC San Diego Tue, Mar 3 - Tue, Mar 10 $317
Boston San Diego Wed, Mar 4 - Tue, Mar 10 $308
Chicago San Diego Tue, Feb 17 - Tue, Mar 10 $285
Baltimore San Diego Tue, Mar 3 - Tue, Mar 10 $302
Newark San Diego Tue, Mar 10 - Tue, Mar 17 $338
Philadelphia San Diego Tue, Feb 17 - Tue, Mar 3 $311
San Francisco San Diego Tue, Feb 17 - Tue, Feb 24 $161
Atlanta San Diego Tue, Mar 3 - Tue, Mar 10 $331
Dallas San Diego Tue, Feb 17 - Tue, Feb 24 $137
Detroit San Diego Sun, Mar 1 - Tue, Mar 10 $312
Denver San Diego Tue, Feb 10 - Tue, Feb 17 $81
Minneapolis San Diego Wed, Feb 25 - Tue, Mar 3 $303
Honolulu San Diego Thu, Feb 19 - Mon, Mar 9 $420
Pittsburgh San Diego Tue, Feb 24 - Wed, Mar 4 $349
Charlotte San Diego Mon, Feb 23 - Thu, Feb 26 $425
Orlando San Diego Wed, Feb 18 - Tue, Feb 24 $302
Fort Lauderdale San Diego Fri, Mar 6 - Wed, Mar 11 $392
Portland San Diego Mon, Feb 23 - Tue, Mar 3 $188
Houston San Diego Tue, Feb 3 - Tue, Feb 10 $105
Norfolk San Diego Tue, Feb 10 - Tue, Feb 17 $361
Raleigh San Diego Tue, Feb 3 - Tue, Feb 10 Check rates
Milwaukee San Diego Tue, Mar 24 - Wed, Mar 25 $311
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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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