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San Diego
Travel Guide

On the sun-drenched Pacific coast, this Southern California city provides great beaches, a famous zoo, historic sites and exciting nightlife.

San Diego is one of the most populated U.S. cities, but its laid-back lifestyle and pleasant open spaces give it a crowd-free feel. Bring the family to enjoy zoos, parks and beaches or have a romantic vacation with winery tours, great food and cultural evenings.

In Balboa Park near downtown, the famous San Diego Zoo has giant pandas, koalas and more than 3,500 animals in natural habitats, as well as 700,000 exotic plants. See more wild animals or even spend the night at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park north of the city. Enjoy marine animals and rides at SeaWorld®.

Along the ocean northwest of downtown is La Jolla. Hike past craggy trees in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and watch for whales beyond the shoreline. Play at the renowned Torrey Pines Golf Course or visit the beaches along this peninsula to swim and watch sea lions.

In San Diego Bay, tour the USS Midway Museum, a retired aircraft carrier with 29 planes from World War II to Desert Storm as well as exciting flight simulators. A few blocks north is the Maritime Museum of San Diego, with restored tall ships from the days of early explorers.

San Diego has more than 70 miles (110 kilometers) of beaches for snorkeling, swimming, surfing and watersports. Enjoy the sands of Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and Windansea Beach.

The city has abundant cultural attractions including more than 15 museums and performance venues in Balboa Park. Attend first-run and popular touring plays at La Jolla Playhouse.

Visit the Gaslamp Quarter to view historic Victorian homes and sample San Diego’s fine dining and exciting nightlife. See a professional baseball game at Petco Park or let the kids enjoy interactive exhibits at the New Children’s Museum.

Fly into San Diego International Airport or drive along the scenic coastal highway and stop to view the Pacific Ocean. Visit some of the county’s 100 wineries. End your days with sunsets at Cabrillo National Monument or La Jolla Cove.

Where to stay in San Diego

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$224 per night from 6 Mar. to 7 Mar.

Located in Downtown San Diego, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Seaport Village, San Diego Convention Center, and USS Midway Museum. Port of San ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (2,724 reviews)

"Excellent service Basel was a great host Housekeeping was great"…"

Reviewed on 4 Mar. 2021

Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$158 per night from 16 Mar. to 17 Mar.

Located in Downtown San Diego, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of USS Midway Museum and Balboa Park. San Diego Convention Center and San Diego Zoo are also ...

4/5Very Good! (3,309 reviews)

"we got to check in early. I like the security of only guest can enter the hotel room areas. It was a great location. Our room was clean and great views. Great water pressure. I wish the parking was free for guest staying at the hotel, but was able to get a close and convenient spot to park ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Mar. 2021

Wyndham San Diego Bayside
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
Paradise Point Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1404 Vacation Rd, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$303 per night from 9 Mar. to 10 Mar.

Located in San Diego, this beachfront resort is in a regional park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Mission Bay, Mission Beach and Belmont Park. Dog Beach and Pacific ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,077 reviews)

"Beautiful facility with great staff and grounds we were very impressed."…"

Reviewed on 2 Mar. 2021

Paradise Point Resort & Spa
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Staybridge Suites Sorrento Mesa
Staybridge Suites Sorrento Mesa
3 out of 5
6639 Mira Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$170 per night from 6 Mar. to 7 Mar.

Located in Sorrento Valley, this aparthotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Westfield UTC, Torrey Pines State Reserve and Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. Torrey ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (651 reviews)

"I like the place clean you can cook the room is maintain and cozy."…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2021

Staybridge Suites Sorrento Mesa
Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Diego
Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Diego
3.5 out of 5
701 A St, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$211 per night from 18 Mar. to 19 Mar.

Located in Downtown San Diego, this condominium resort is within a 10-minute walk of Copley Symphony Hall, Balboa Park and San Diego City College. Petco Park ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (729 reviews)

"Always amazed with this location! Excellent service will come back!"…"

Reviewed on 15 Feb. 2021

Marriott Vacation Club Pulse, San Diego
TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
2.5 out of 5
2311 Lee Court, San Diego, CA
The price is NZ$199 per night from 4 Apr. to 5 Apr.

Situated in San Diego, this aparthotel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from NTC Promenade and within 3 miles (5 km) of Marine Corps Recruit Depot and Harbor Island. Old Town ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (177 reviews)

"The property was easily accessible and close to everything we were looking to see. The kitchen and rooms were fully stocked and great for families to minimize the cost of eating out."…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2021

TownePlace Suites by Marriott San Diego Airport/Liberty Station
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of San Diego

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

18 Mar. 2020

Beautiful place

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Feb. 2020

Quite a nice city although there were a lot of restaurants most of the retail shops had closed or were closing. Maybe they were in a different location which I didn’t find

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Jan. 2020

Beautiful city San Diego. Loved the Marina Village and the Museums!

5/5 - Excellent

Lucy

3 Dec. 2019

San Diego is a really nice city, very clean and lots to see and do

5/5 - Excellent

Carly

16 Nov. 2019

Loved San Diego!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

15 Nov. 2019

Love the place defently go back again

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