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San Diego holidays

Explore the best of California’s most southern beach city. Find yourself wandering San Diego’s waterfront, venture through the beautiful Balboa Park and immerse yourself in the city’s big personality.

Discover the exhilarating Gaslamp Quarter with its thriving theatres, bars and eateries – be sure to try a craft beer or two at The Tipsy Crow, in a city renowned for its breweries. Stroll through the district of Little Italy, bursting with chic lifestyle. Or head to Ocean Beach, for bohemian vibes, burritos and live music.

Relax on the sandy beaches of Mission Bay or Pacific Beach on San Diego holidays. Sunbathe, surf and enjoy the SoCal way of life. Dip your toes in the water, stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy a beach firepit with s’mores. Head Downtown to experience America’s finest city, in a landscape of arts, culture and entertainment.

Hop on a ferry to captivating Coronado, enjoy its slower pace and lookout to the San Diego skyline. Or jump on a rollercoaster at Belmont Park, play some adventure mini golf and take a turn at rock-climbing. Make your way along the marina, walk the navy pier, then find a spot in the sun for shrimp tacos and ice-cold beers.

With daily flights from London to San Diego, planning your trip to laid-back ways has never been easier. Make the most of brilliant savings on our package holidays, when you book flights and hotels together.

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A wonderful west coast world of variety

We’ve found a collection of sensational hotels for your trip to San Diego, so choosing which one to stay at will be the trickiest decision you need to make. Discover the great value of Town and Country San Diego, you’ll be right in the centre of the action. Enjoy a resort experience at Paradise Point Resort & Spa in Mission Bay, tucked between the Marina and the Pacific Ocean. Or immerse yourself in the oasis of Kona Kai on Shelter Island, where you can unwind in the spa and stretch out on one of the only privately-owned beaches in California.

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San Diego hotels

Find the best hotel for your San Diego holidays, with our carefully selected hotels, pick your idyllic stay for the perfect break away.

San Diego boasts a bounty of hotels, from the affordable to the luxurious, we’ve created a budget planner to make holiday planning easier for you. See where your money will take you, with a look at our budget, mid-range and luxury options. See our selection of hotels, dining and activities, for ideas to excite you.

Holiday Inn

Discover the golden beaches by the Holiday Inn and take a short stroll to the marina, restaurants and bars. After days of adventuring, relax in the tropical pool area under palm trees.

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The Taco Stand

Head to The Taco Stand, in La Jolla or Downtown San Diego and tuck into a menu of Mexican treats. Choose from the tasty grilled pescado taco, the California burrito and add chips, dip, rice or fries for the side. Grab a beer, munch on some delicious dishes, starting at $2.69 and unwind outside.

Hit the Californian coastline

Hit the Californian coastline, with its mesmerising beaches, where enjoyment won’t cost you a dime. Grab your swimwear and towels, take a foodie hamper and laze about on sandy shores. Build a bonfire and catch a glowing sunset, then huddle about and look up at the stars.

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Paradise Point Resort and Spa

Unwind at the beautiful Paradise Point Resort and Spa. Stay in a bungalow next to the stunning beaches of Mission Bay – perfect for water sports and lounging in the sun. Soak up the serenity of the award-winning spa, then head to sands for a beach bonfire come nightfall.

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PrepKitchen Little Italy

Make a move to PrepKitchen Little Italy, for creative cocktails, brunch, lunch, dinner or desserts. Sip on the handcrafted That’s My Jam, as you nibble through the Cutting Board of meats, cheese and spread, then savour the flavour of the Seafood Ditaloni, with prices starting at $12.75.

Go out and about

It’s all about being out and about in San Diego. Go on a whale watching experience, starting from as little as $13 and see humpback whales, blue whales, dolphins and more wildlife. Or take a surf lesson the Californian way. Whether you’re a first timer or a pro who wants to brush up, book a 1 hour private surf lesson for around $85.

Pendry San Diego

Indulge with a retreat at Pendry San Diego. Located in the vibrant Gaslamp Quarter, explore this lively neighbourhood. Head to the rooftop pool for relaxation and spectacular views, then dine in the Lion Fish restaurant for a San Diego inspired menu, which will tantalise your taste buds.

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Juniper and Ivy

Indulge with some fine dining at the Juniper and Ivy, close to Little Italy and exhilarate your senses. Choose between beautiful fish, chicken, fettucine, risotto dishes and more, with a vast selection of wines to pair with. Pricing starts around $30 to enjoy mouth-watering menus here, that you’ll want to eat all over again.

Hot air balloon

Ride in style over the enrapturing Californian landscape, in a shared or private hot air balloon experience, starting from around $150. Soar through the skies at sunrise or sunset to catch unforgettable views of San Diego and beyond. Start early to enjoy breakfast with mimosas and add in an afternoon of wine tasting.

San Diego fly-drive holidays

A road trip is one of the best ways to explore the USA and California is the ideal state with its long coastal highways and iconic cities and countryside. Whether you’re planning an epic road trip or just need the freedom to drive the family around, you can save money on your American fly-drive holiday with BA by booking your flight and car hire together.

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Make the most of your San Diego holiday

With its diverse array of neighbourhoods and outdoors way of life, you’ll want to explore every part of this enriching city. Our guide to holidays in San Diego will get you discovering the magic of this coastal urban cosmopolitan.

Where are the best places to stay in San Diego?

With its fantastic selection of vibrant districts and easy-going neighbourhoods, choosing between these enthralling areas will be the only tough decision you need to make.

Enjoy the centre of the city, in Downtown San Diego. Explore the urban edge and bright lights, catch a baseball game at Petco Park, or meander along Embarcadero boardwalk with sparkling waterfront views. Choose from stylish eateries to dine in and harbour tours to see the maritime side of the city.

Discover the thriving city life, day and night, in the Gaslamp Quarter. See where the architecture blends from Victorian to modern, in a hub of galleries, boutiques and restaurants. With its array of gastropubs, rooftop bars, live music venues and thriving nightclubs, you’ll be out every evening enjoying the local scene.

Just across the waters from central San Diego, is the charming Coronado. Famed for its movie settings of Top Gun and Some Like It Hot, you’ll see why when you arrive. With its regular best beach votes, plenty of water sports and beachfront boardwalk – you’ll want to spend all your time by the coast. Wander along Orange Avenue to explore an array of galleries, entertainment and foodie joints.

Carlsbad beach, San Diego. ©ianmcdonnell

Stay in the jewel of La Jolla, one of California’s most popular beach destinations. Unwind on golden beaches, or discover the ocean by kayaking, surfing or paddle-boarding – lookout for seals and dolphins as you glide over the waters. Or enjoy incredible aerial views when you go hang gliding. Hike the surrounding trails to find the incredible local flora and fauna in the Torrey Pines State Reserve. See the glamorous side of the town too, with its fashionable shopping and chic cocktail bars.

Find yourself in the dazzling water world of Mission Bay and beaches. Try adrenalin-pumping water sports or kick back and enjoy a leisurely cruise around the bay. Take a picnic and paddle in the sea, then rent out bicycles and ride along the coast. Soak up the sublime sunshine, stroll along the boardwalk and get together for a barbecue on Pacific Beach.

North of the county is Carlsbad – an idyllic spot for surfers and sun worshippers. With its beautiful stretches of glistening beaches and dramatic cliff faces, you’ll fall in love with the landscape. Go golfing nearby, build sandcastles with the family or venture around LEGOLAND® California. Or venture a little further to Oceanside and hit a brewery tour for perfect beach beer days. Stroll through this laid-back neighbourhood and check out the art and culinary scene. When you're tempted to stay over, both Mission Pacific Beach Resort, JDV by Hyatt and The Seabird Ocean Resort & Spa, Destination by Hyatt provide the perfect oceanfront setting.


Top five things to see in San Diego

See the best of a coastal cityscape in San Diego. With its beautiful beaches, charming culture, quirky areas and abundance of activities.

  • Meander through Balboa Park
  • Watch a mesmerising sunset from Sunset Cliffs
  • Experience the Gaslamp Quarter and go on a craft beer tour
  • Head to La Jolla Cove to see sea lions and seals
  • Spend a day surfing, then enjoy a beach bonfire
Balboa Park, San Diego. ©uschools

Multi-city holidays

Want to discover the best of San Diego, then why not cruise the west coast and see more of breath taking California? Take a look at our available car hire options and map out the road trip of a lifetime. See our other California hotels to add to your epic adventure. Stay in San Diego for five nights, then choose more California hot spots to spend a night or two in, as you make your way north up to the Pacific Highway.

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