There are plenty of ways to spend an incredible getaway in San Diego close to the airport. Whether you’re looking for food, dancing, beaches, amusement parks, museums, art galleries or scenery, you’re always only a few miles away:
Staying at a Great Hotel Near the Airport
In reality, the close proximity of San Diego International to Downtown San Diego makes it easy to stay at the hotel of your choosing. There are private resorts with lush gardens, rooftop lofts with views of Old Town San Diego, hip studio accommodations in Gaslamp Quarter, relaxing spas at La Jolla and luxury hotels right on the Mission Bay waterfront.
Most of these hotels offer airport shuttle service and some will offer you free shuttle service, make sure you inquire at your hotel. San Diego hotels have tons of personality, so wherever you stay, you’re in for an amazing experience.
If you want to be as close to the airport as possible, there are many incredible options available. Luxury hotels on Harbor Island — directly across from the airport — provide fantastic vistas of San Diego Bay. In addition to elegant amenities such as open-air dining and private balconies, these hotels give you instant access to breathtaking beaches.
Travelers are close to San Diego’s most charming inns. Little Italy is filled with iconic lodging for couples looking for something quiet and romantic. For families with kids, it’s easy to find spacious suites in the area near Little Italy and Waterfront Park in the Harborview neighborhood.
You can’t visit San Diego without taking a trip to this gigantic park. Miles of trails for hiking, biking, skateboarding and walking await. Visit legendary gardens, photograph Spanish architecture or tour one of Balboa Park’s 17 museums. Balboa Park is even home to the San Diego Zoo.
A bucket-list destination, the San Diego Zoo is home to countless endangered and rare species. Watch your kids giggle happily with elephants, lions, tigers, koalas and other exotic creatures.
You can also save on top attractions and activities including the San Diego Zoo by purchasing a Go San Diego Card. This card will help you save up to 55% off regular admission costs. You can even get an additional discount if you purchase the Go San Diego Card through our website.
The Gaslamp Quarter is San Diego’s urban playground that offers cool shopping during the day and hot nightlife when the sun goes down. Check out unique craft breweries, high-profile restaurants and the best signature cocktails around, into addition to live music and dancing.
Checking out Seaport Village
When you’re in the mood to stroll aimlessly along the San Diego Bay in the Embarcadero at Seaport Village, this is the place to be for kids and adults alike. Expect gorgeous views, romantic sunsets and mouth watering seafood.
The largest man-made water park in the world, Mission Bay Park gives you access to countless water sports and beach activities. Go sailing, paddle boarding, kiteboarding, swimming, jet skiing and more.
The list of popular San Diego destinations within biking and driving distance is too large to count. You can easily reach many of the most popular beaches in San Diego in half an hour or less. Go surfing at Pacific Beach, sail around Coronado Island or watch the sun go down at Sunset Cliffs National Park.