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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.

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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