Where to Stay in San Diego

 by So Diego Tours


Where to stay in San Diego:

When making plans to visit San Diego, it’s important to figure out which area would best suit your interests.  San Diego is an amazing city with so many unique areas to explore.  The options are limitless, and I’m here to help you decide where to stay in San Diego when traveling here.

For the Beach Bum:

If you’re into soaking in all of what the southern California weather and beaches have to offer, I would suggest staying in the Pacific Beach and Mission Bay areas.  The boardwalk heading north from Mission Beach to Pacific Beach is about a 3-mile stretch where you may leisurely walk, run, bike or skateboard.  Just east of the boardwalk in Mission Beach is a manmade Bay, which is home to Sea World, and where you may rent boats, paddle boards, or take a water ferry to an establishment across the Bay.  If you simply want to relax, just head out the beach and lay out on your towel.  At night, the bars in the area are relaxed and casual, and many young adults walk from bar to bar, forming lines out the doors at the most popular bars.  If you have kids, I would suggest staying around Mission Bay at one of the resorts in the area.  It’s calm and quite at night, but there are many activities during the day.

For the Romantic Traveler:

Serenity and beauty play a huge part in making an experience romantic.  If you’re in the mood to really get away from it all, I would suggest staying in Coronado Island or Downtown La Jolla.  Both of these areas are near the water, and offer some remarkable sunsets along with fine dining restaurants and quaint bars.  In Coronado, you can rent bikes, and ride along the streets as you marvel at some gorgeous, one-of-a-kind homes.  You may also take the ferry across the Bay to Downtown, San Diego to catch a show or let some steam off on a dance floor in the Gaslamp Quarter.  In La Jolla, you can take a hike at Torrey Pines, or pack a picnic and chill out on the Cove.  There are many art galleries and jewelry shops, making it a fun area to walk around in.

For the Foodie:

We all love to eat, but there are some people who travel to eat.  They get to know a new city by the food they taste and the establishments that serve up this food.  What better way to explore the food other than staying in a neighborhood walking distance to some of the best, new and noteworthy restaurants?  If this sounds exciting to you, you must stay in Little Italy.  Not only is there an array of Italian restaurants, but you will also find Mexican taco shops, celebrity chef restaurants, breweries, a winery, craft cocktails, sushi, and San Diego’s best farmer’s market on Saturdays.  Since Little Italy is near the water, it’s walking distance to the Embarcadero, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Balboa Park, making it a fun area for a long weekend.  You won’t see your car once you park it, so consider taking the train!

For the Deal Seeker:

Traveling can get expensive, but in order to keep traveling – especially with a family – budgets must be in order!  You’ll want to stay in a centrally located area where parking is included in the hotel price, and there are many hotels to choose from for the best deals.  This area is called Hotel Circle, and it’s in the Mission Valley area of San Diego.  There are over 20 hotels in the small area, and it’s near the trolley.  You can take the trolley to Downtown for fun near the bay and Coronado, or take it to Old Town for Taco Tuesday where $2 tacos can be found in every restaurant.  Some hotels also offer packaged deals where a few tickets to Sea World or the Zoo are included in the room price.

For the Party Animal:

The two biggest party areas in San Diego are none other than the Gaslamp Quarter and Pacific Beach (PB), however each one is quite different from the other.  The Gaslamp Quarter is in the Downtown area, and offers great restaurants and quite a bit of evening entertainment from theaters, comedy shows, live music, and nightclubs.  People dress up, and drinks tend to be a little more expensive.  If you’re going out to a nightclub, bottle service is available, and be prepared to pay a cover charge at most of the dance clubs.  In PB, the party starts in the day, and blends into the nighttime.  Since this area is near the beach, it’s a little less formal, and drink specials can be found in most bars.  While there is dancing at the bars here, they wouldn’t classify as the nightclubs, per se.  Things are just a little more relaxed in PB, but the parties at both areas are fun and memorable!

So there you have it!  I hope this give you a good glimpse into the neighborhoods of San Diego.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have.  Have fun in our beautiful city!!


  1. says

    In San Diego, you can stay in National City because here you get mexican, vegetarian, american food etc., easily. I am also food provider, so if you are thinking to stay in National City visit our food trucks for healthy and mouthwatering dishes.

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