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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

The Sofia Hotel

3 stars
4.0 / 5 327 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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Nightly rates from $83

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  
Value Save 50% on your stay
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Nightly rates from $54

Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station

3 stars
4.3 / 5 85 reviews
The waterfront Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport hotel at Liberty Station is nestled along the water and located just minutes from SeaWorld, the San Diego Zoo, and the historic Gaslamp district. Adjacent to a beautiful 46-acre park, this hotel near San Diego Airport offers outstanding waterfront views of downtown San Diego and a vast array of activities including an outdoor pool, bike and quadracycle rentals, and many attractions nearby. Guest rooms are luxuriously appointed and include free high-speed internet, cotton-rich linens, iPod docking stations and 32" HDTVs. Relax at one of our San Diego Airport hotel's stylish on-site restaurants, bars or waterside deli, and choose between indoor or outdoor seating. Experience a modern, hip destination combined with the rich history of our nation at the Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Airport Hotel at Liberty Station.
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Bay Club Hotel & Marina

3 stars
4.0 / 5 146 reviews
In the shade of a spectacular San Diego viewBay Club Hotel & Marina in San Diego sits on Shelter Island – San Diego's Hawaiian Isle. Rooms offer spectacular views of the marina, the San Diego Bay and the city beyond. Guests find a staff that is attentive to details and expert in creating a comfortable atmosphere. Located in a low traffic area, visitors to the Bay Club Hotel & Marina find the marina a pleasure to walk. A short walk to Coronado Island leads families to a park for children. All of this and more is located 10 minutes from the airport. 3 Reasons To Stay: The views alone are worth the price Close proximity to the best attractions in San Diego Complimentary breakfast with unique cuisine Bay Club Hotel & Marina RoomsAll rooms offer spectacular views and outstanding comfort. A separate bathroom with vanity area is equipped with a hair-dryer, and an iron and board to leave guests looking their best. Comforts abound, with 42-inch plasma television as standard along with a refrigerator, coffee machine and complimentary coffee. Guests staying for business enjoy a peaceful in-room workspace. Wake up in a spacious room and enjoy a complimentary breakfast buffet before heading into one of the most vibrant cities in California. Return to a bay view room and a panorama of the shimmering skyline, or a marina view room facing west and watch the beautiful oceanic sunsets. Lounge by the pool, work out in the fully equipped gym or rest tired muscles in the Jacuzzi. Get discounts on certain attractions from the hotel reception. The Bay Club Hotel & Marina is a 100 percent no-smoking facility and kids under 12 stay free. Enjoy complimentary airport transportation at the end of the visit. Those who arrive by boat enjoy the "Dine'n'Dock" Special with rooms at the Bay Club Hotel & Marina while docking their vessel in a world-class marina. Things To Do: San Diego Harbor Island Drive (3.6 mi/5.7 km) Balboa Park (4.7 mi/7.5 km) Mission Bay Park (6.3 mi/10.1 km) Gaslamp Quarter (6.3 mi/10.1 km) San Diego Zoo (8.6 mi/13.8 km) SeaWorld Aquarium (13 mi/20.9 km) Legoland California (33.6 mi/54 km)
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Good Nite Inn San Diego near SeaWorld - Sports Arena

2 stars
2.9 / 5 415 reviews
Affordable hotel near Sea World and Old Town with interstate access This three-story property bills itself as the best value in San Diego hospitality. The Good Nite Inn is close to Sea World, but also within minutes of San Diego's other popular attractions including Old Town, Point Loma, Petco Park and the San Diego Zoo. Rooms are sparsely decorated but well-kept. Guests receive complimentary morning coffee and a mini refrigerator in each room. Highlights Minutes from Sea World and other popular attractionsMini refrigerator in every roomFax and copy services availableWi-Fi access (fees apply) RoomsThe 149 rooms at Good Nite Inn San Diego Sea World are available with one king or two queen beds. All rooms come standard with 24" Direct TV television, spacious working desk and in-room mini refrigerator. Wi-Fi and high-speed Internet access are available (fees apply). Nonsmoking rooms are on offer. Features The Good Nite Inn San Diego Sea World is conveniently located right off I-5, making it accessible from just about anywhere in the city. All guests have access to laundry facilities (fees apply), as well as free parking and complimentary morning coffee. A number of chain restaurants are located near the Good Nite Inn and the hotel is a short drive to the Old Town and Gaslamp neighborhoods, which boast some of the best eateries in town. TransportationMTS Bus (3 blocks)San Diego Trolley (5 blocks)San Diego International Airport (5 mi/8 km) AttractionsOld Town (8 blocks)Sea World (2 mi/3 km)Point Loma (2 mi/3.2 km)San Diego Zoo (4 mi/7 km)PETCO Park (6 mi/11 km)Qualcomm Stadium (6 mi/11 km) Business Fax and copy services available Policies and fees A valid credit card and ID will be required at check-in.A $25 USD authorization will be placed on the credit card provided (refunded/returned after check-out).Photo ID and credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.
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Nightly rates from $42
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Cheap Flights
Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip
New York San Diego Fri, Jan 23 - Thu, Jan 29 $334
Seattle San Diego Sat, Jan 24 - Sat, Jan 31 $157
Washington DC San Diego Mon, Feb 9 - Tue, Feb 24 $326
Boston San Diego Tue, Jan 13 - Wed, Jan 14 $289
Chicago San Diego Tue, Feb 17 - Tue, Feb 24 $285
Baltimore San Diego Sat, Jan 24 - Sat, Jan 31 $336
Newark San Diego Tue, Feb 17 - Thu, Feb 19 $338
Philadelphia San Diego Sat, Jan 10 - Mon, Jan 19 $352
San Francisco San Diego Tue, Feb 10 - Thu, Feb 12 $161
Atlanta San Diego Wed, Feb 11 - Wed, Feb 18 $344
Dallas San Diego Wed, Jan 7 - Tue, Jan 13 $117
Detroit San Diego Sun, Jan 11 - Tue, Jan 13 $290
Denver San Diego Mon, Feb 2 - Thu, Feb 5 $81
Minneapolis San Diego Sat, Jan 10 - Sat, Jan 17 $276
Honolulu San Diego Wed, Dec 31 - Tue, Jan 6 $420
Pittsburgh San Diego Wed, Jan 7 - Fri, Jan 9 $349
Charlotte San Diego Fri, Jan 9 - Fri, Jan 16 $437
Orlando San Diego Fri, Jan 16 - Sat, Jan 24 $281
Fort Lauderdale San Diego Thu, Jan 15 - Fri, Jan 16 $417
Portland San Diego Wed, Jan 21 - Thu, Jan 22 $179
Houston San Diego Thu, Jan 22 - Wed, Jan 28 $135
Norfolk San Diego Mon, Jan 12 - Tue, Jan 20 $329
Raleigh San Diego Sat, Dec 27 - Sat, Jan 3 Check rates
Milwaukee San Diego Wed, Feb 4 - Wed, Feb 11 $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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