Where should you stay in San Diego? Because the area is an collection of neighborhoods ranging from the busy city area of downtown to upscale beach communities like La Jolla or laid back surfer areas like Mission Beach visitors can be overwhelmed by the options.
Staying downtown is the ideal option if you are looking for an upscale hotel and want to spend the majority of your visit to San Diego doing activities like taking in a Padres game and heading to the city’s most upscale restaurants and clubs. The downtown area is also great for those looking for an experience that includes time spent a rooftop pool and getting the opportunity to bump into some celebrities at the hot nightspots.
Mission Beach, Pacific Beach & Ocean Beach
This string of beach towns just north of downtown area are still relatively close to downtown, but have a much more laid back feel to them. These areas are great if you are looking to take advantage of activities like boogie boarding, bar hopping, relaxing on the beaches. These are also great areas for finding deals on vacation rentals, particularly if traveling with a family or group of people where your per person price may be much cheaper than a standard hotel room.
La Jolla is similar to the beach communities in that it is directly on the ocean, however it does attract a bit calmer and older crowd than Pacific Beach and the other towns. La Jolla has a great collection of restaurants, galleries and is home to La Jolla cove where you can go visit the Sea Lions or join the kayakers and surfers in the water.
Depending on where you decide to stay for your visit do take into account whether or not your accommodation has parking as, even if only for part of your trip, you are likely to want to rent a car. Traveling to attractions like the San Diego Zoo,, visiting Old Town, sightseeing on Coronado, heading out to Balboa Park or playing a round on one of the more than 20 golf courses will be much easier and cheaper with a rental car.