Planning a honeymoon or romantic getaway to San Diego? Try these travel tips to make your next visit to San Diego an awesome one.
Pre-Trip Weather Planning:
Before you plan your trip to San Diego, you might want to aim for a weather window. While it is not possible to know what the weather will be like for certain, you can avoid the months typically known for week after week of overcast days (like May and June - it’s the marine layer, they say!) and targeting months more likely to be sunny (almost all of the other months!).
See? That’s not so hard. Keep in mind that you still might end up spending a cloudy week with everyone telling you, “This is so unusual.” That’s just the way the proverbial cookie crumbles sometimes, but there’s a really good chance that if you plan it right, you’re going to get some amazing sunshine.
How to Pack:
Sure, it depends on where you’re coming from; but it’s a good rule of thumb that it is probably cooler in San Diego during the summer months and warmer in San Diego during the winter months than wherever you’re traveling from. Even in the summer, a sweatshirt or jacket might be useful in the evenings. And even in November, shorts and sandals might be appropriate. However, there are lots of places where you can buy these items if you need them when you get here. (The same goes for a toothbrush!)
Where to Stay:
The topic of lodging really depends on your budget. If money is no object, by all means book a stay at one of the many resort hotels throughout the county. However, you might find more incentives and lower prices at San Diego casino hotels or on Airbnb. In fact, when renting a home on Airbnb, you might be able to stay closer to the beach than you would have been able to afford in a traditional hotel; it all depends on luck.
Getting Picked Up at the Airport / Getting Around Town:
You can get a ride through a ride-sharing service (Uber or Lyft) in the designated parking lot at the airport. This makes transportation much less of a logistical headache. Taxi service is also available in case you prefer that method of transportation; there are many shuttles, buses, and rental car services, too. A short distance from the airport, you can easily hop on a train that will take you north through Orange County and up to Los Angeles.
Depending on where you’re staying, the public transportation system in San Diego isn’t completely terrible. However, most visitors find themselves walking, riding electric scooter or e-bike rentals, or using ride sharing services. If you’re more adventurous and have access to a traditional bicycle, you may discover that you can see a lot on two wheels under your own power. Sure, there are a couple of really difficult hills to climb when you come back to the metro areas, but they prove to be an exciting challenge to visiting cyclists.
Picking Your Favorite Beach:
While you’re in town, you might get a chance to visit many different beaches. Starting in the southern tip of the county, Imperial Beach is a laid-back community where you still often feel like you have the beach all to yourself on a random Tuesday afternoon. A little further north is Coronado. This area is very affluent, as are the beaches of North County; homes in Coronado typically cost millions. Because of the U.S. Navy presence, Coronado tends to give off a relaxed military-base vibe - so much so that you might find yourself asking for directions to the Base Exchange. Ocean Beach is a long-heralded hangout for hippies and old-school Southern California residents; think: hot rods and Volkswagens. Pacific Beach has a reputation for being a hangout for college students. As you head north, the coastline becomes more dramatic with cliffs rising high above the water. One thing is for certain: the beaches of San Diego are fun to explore, and you might be hard-pressed to settle on a favorite.