Best areas to Stay in San Diego, California

Planning a trip to America’s Finest City? Awesome (yeah you’ll need to sound like a local so try saying it). But where to stay? With hundreds of hotels in a city of over a million people, there’s a lot to choose from. Allow me, your local guide, to help guide your decision.

Your choice of where to stay while in San Diego depends on what type of vacation you’re seeking, your disposable income, and what daily activities you’d like to engage in. Here are some recommendations for the family traveler, the upscale traveler, and the party animal.

If you are seeking the wholesome family experience, traveling with children, or wish to see most of the mainstream tourist attractions, your best choice is Mission Valley. Mission Valley is at the junction of the I-5 and I-8 freeways and is less than a fifteen-minute drive from the airport, Sea World, The San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, Old Town, The Gaslamp Quarter, and downtown San Diego. Mission Valley is filled with reasonably priced, family-friendly chain hotel/motels and offers easy freeway access and plentiful moderately priced dining options.



Seeking the upscale San Diego experience? Lucky for you there are many hotels, restaurants, and shops that are happy to take your money. Staying in either La Jolla or downtown San Diego will offer the absolute best of what the city has to offer. La Jolla is located on a bluff twenty minutes north of downtown and is filled with five-star restaurants, boutique shops, high-end nightclubs, and stunning panoramas of the Pacific Ocean and La Jolla Cove all located in a pedestrian-friendly space. Downtown San Diego has a plethora of new boutique hotels, dozens of fine dining options, and Horton Plaza. It has the best collection of upscale shops in town.

For the “social” vacationer, San Diego has plenty of party on the beach locations sure to show the best of local nightlife. Stay in Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, or Ocean Beach for a party-hearty atmosphere and plenty of local bars that are staggering back to the hotel at 2:00 am a distance away. All three of these areas are right on the beach, chock full of young outgoing locals and visitors ready and willing to party the night away.

San Diego has an incredible amount of attractions, dining, and sightseeing options, and there’s no way to see it all in one trip. Your choice of where to stay while in town can help ensure the vacation experience you desire.
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