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Enjoy San Diego on a Budget

Traveling around San Diego, it’s easy to forget you’re on a budget vacation. There is so much to do here at little or no cost, whether you’re out exploring the busy streets of Downtown or whiling away your days on the beach. San Diego is home to many cheap restaurants and alternative bars. Entertainment doesn’t have to cost the earth either—arthouse theaters are regularly putting on shows and the city’s movie theaters offer discounted tickets.

Things to see in San Diego

For a cheap day out, head to the coastal community of Point Loma. As well as a national monument and national cemetery, you’ll also find a number of pretty parks and libraries here. Point Loma has a packed calendar of cultural events including many free outdoor concerts, the Cabrillo Festival, and various festivals and markets throughout the Christmas period. For a great mix of shops and restaurants, Seaport Village has lots to offer those on smaller budgets. The area’s annual Busker Festival fills the streets with colorful singers and street performers. Head to the Cabrillo National Monument for stunning views. This tranquil park is home to a wide range of local flora and fauna. At its highest point you’ll be able to look out to Tijuana and the Pacific Ocean. Another local landmark, the San Diego-Coronado Bridge is a great place for panoramas over the city—don’t forget your camera!

Cheap hotels in San Diego

If you are looking for cheap accommodation in San Diego, as a general rule, hostels offer the best value for money. Often aimed at young travelers, these have beds in dorm rooms of various sizes. The common rooms in hostels in San Diego often have computer points with free WiFi and cooking facilities. For a budget room with more privacy, it’s worth looking at small guesthouses in San Diego or bed and breakfasts—there is a wide selection available. Rooms in San Diego’s cheap hotels are often well appointed and a breakfast buffet is usually provided at an additional cost.

Where to stay in San Diego

La Mesa is a neighborhood to the east of Downtown and is a terrific location if you want to see San Diego on foot. There are so many quaint antique shops and vintage boutiques to rummage round in—it has an excellent inner city feel without the usual downtown price tag. For a buzzy atmosphere, cheap eats, and lively bars, book a cheap hotel in Little Italy. Home to countless authentic Italian restaurants, you’ll also find many cozy bars here. If you want some seaside life, check into a budget hotel in San Diego’s La Jolla district—the ocean views here are truly breath-taking.

How to get to San Diego

If you’re traveling in from a nearby state, it’s possible to jump on an Amtrak train or a Greyhound bus and get to San Diego central stations. Otherwise, one of the most convenient ways to travel to San Diego is by flying to San Diego International Airport. Many budget airlines run flights to this airport and it’s only a 10-minute drive from the city center. Jumping in a cab is the quickest way into town, but can be quite expensive. Cheap bus services run to downtown San Diego and offer the best way of getting around the city.

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