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San Diego Travel Guide

San Diego, California, is a beautiful coastal city known for its stunning beaches and perfect year-round weather. It's filled with fun activities that are perfect for travelers of all types, including outdoor and indoor attractions. Be sure to spend at least a few days in this port city! With cruise line volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 80% versus the brochure price! Book your San Diego cruise today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted cruise headquarters.

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Carnival MiracleMexicoSan DiegoSan Diego6 NightsCabo San Lucas, Mexico | Ensenada, Mexico | San Diego, California$409
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Carnival MiracleUSA - PacificSan DiegoSan Diego4 NightsCatalina Island, California | Ensenada, Mexico | San Diego, California$389
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Disney WonderMexicoSan DiegoSan Diego5 NightsCabo San Lucas, Mexico | Ensenada, Mexico | San Diego, CA $1,185
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Carnival MiracleMexicoSan DiegoSan Diego5 NightsCabo San Lucas, Mexico | San Diego, California$399
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Disney WonderMexicoSan DiegoSan Diego4 NightsCatalina Island, CA | Ensenada, Mexico | San Diego, CA $1,028
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Carnival MiracleMexicoSan DiegoSan Diego5 NightsCabo San Lucas, Mexico | San Diego, California$469
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Disney WonderMexicoSan DiegoSan Diego5 NightsCabo San Lucas, Mexico | Ensenada, Mexico | San Diego, CA $1,555
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Carnival MiracleUSA - PacificSan DiegoSan Diego4 NightsCatalina Island, California | Ensenada, Mexico | San Diego, California$389
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Disney WonderMexicoSan DiegoSan Diego5 NightsCabo San Lucas, Mexico | Ensenada, Mexico | San Diego, CA $1,125
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Holland AmericaKoningsdamMexicoSan DiegoSan Diego7 NightsCabo San Lucas, Mexico | Mazatlan, Mexico | Puerto Vallarta, Mexico | San Diego, California$599
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San Diego Travel Guide

San Diego Cruises Highlights

  • Walk around San Diego Old Town.
  • Go whale watching on a local boat cruise.
  • See animals at the San Diego Zoo.
  • Explore the 1,200-acre Balboa Park.
  • Ride amusement park rides at Belmont Park.
  • Relax at Coronado Beach.
  • Visit the coastal area of La Jolla.
  • Learn history at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
  • See a San Diego Padres game at Petco Park.
  • Explore the Little Italy neighborhood.
  • Walk around the historic Gaslamp Quarter.
  • Visit the San Diego Museum of Art

San Diego Cruises Travel Tips

  • Get out and explore places besides the beaches. Be sure to block at least a little time at the beach but recognize that San Diego is a lot more than a place to swim and surf!
  • If you have time, put together a quick picnic and watch the sunset from one of the city's cliffside places.
  • Make use of San Diego's public transportation, specifically the trolley. A lot of locals prefer to drive, but the trolley is perfect during peak traffic hours.
  • Try not to visit during Comic-Con because this is when San Diego is at its busiest. If you find that you are coming during that time due to when your cruise leaves, just be sure to book everything early!
  • Check local calendars to see if there are any local farmer's markets during your trip. The farmer's market culture is alive and well in San Diego, and it's a great way to try local foods while supporting locals.
  • If a place on your travel list requires reservations, be sure to make them well in advance. San Diego is a famous city and is known to get booked quickly!

San Diego Cruises Things To Do

  • Explore Balboa Park
    Explore Balboa Park

    Balboa Park is a breathtaking garden and park area filled with museums, theaters, gardens, and walking paths. It covers 1,200 acres in the middle of the city and is located nearby the San Diego Zoo. This is one free attraction that you won't want to miss. The park itself dates back to the late 19th century because of Kate Sessions, who donated many of the plants that are still in Balboa Park today. Before long, it started to pick up popularity and turned into an entertaining area in the city to relax and hang out. The very first museum joined the park in 1874; it was the San Diego Natural History Museum.

    You Should Know

    There is a free tram that will bring you from the park's three parking lots to the best parts of Balboa Park. Inside the park, amenities include free WiFi, restrooms, and ATMs.

  • See the San Diego Zoo
    See the San Diego Zoo

    The San Diego Zoo first opened in 1916 and is located inside Balboa Park. There are over 3,700 different animals and 650 various species inside. Inside the San Diego Zoo, there is a multitude of attractions. Some of the best things to do include the guided bus tour, the kangaroo bus, the botanical tours, and the animal encounters. Be sure to take a ride on the Skyfari Aerial Tram for a real treat! You'll be able to see the whole zoo from high up above.

    You Should Know

    The San Diego Zoo is open every day, no matter the time of year. Yes, this includes holidays! During the week, peak hours are around lunchtime, while on the weekend, peak hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Visit La Jolla
    Visit La Jolla

    La Jolla is a gorgeous coastal area that is most well-known for its stunning views of the ocean. The area dates back to 1850 when California officially became a state. It's always been a part of San Diego but has a bit of its own culture. Some of the top things to do in La Jolla include relaxing at the bach and going on waterfront walks. One such scenic trail is the Camino De La Costa. Be sure to stop by La Jolla Cove and Casa Beach (the Children's Pool)!  

    Best Time To Visit

    If you plan on visiting Casa Beach, you'll want to come from mid-May to mid-December. La Jolla Cove is opened all the time while Casa Beach is not.

  • Go on some rides at Belmont Park
    Go on some rides at Belmont Park

    Belmont Park is a fun theme park right in San Diego's Mission Bay area. It opened back in 1925 on the Fourth of July by founder John D. Spreckels. It was initially called Mission Beach Amusement Center but soon became known as Belmont Park. There are tons of fun rides and other attractions at Belmont Park. Some of the rides include the Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, the Beach Blaster, and the Liberty Carousel. There are rides for all ages, so if you come with young children, they will have just as much fun as you.

    You Should Know

    The park has later hours on the weekends, but visiting during the weekday, you'll encounter fewer people. It's free to enter the park, and there is free parking nearby. You just pay per ride.

  • Walk around San Diego Old Town
    Walk around San Diego Old Town

    San Diego Old Town covers 230 acres of the city and is the more historic area that is truly worth visiting. People have been living in this area for more than 9,0000 years, and many of the houses here date back at least to the 18th century. Some of the top historical sites to visit in San Diego Old Town include Colorado House, Casa de Lopez, Casa de Estudillo, and the Whaley House. Be sure to also stop by some museums such as the Seeley Stable Museum and the San Diego Sherrif's Museum if you have time.

    You Should Know

    You'll want to plan at least 4 to 5 hours to explore San Diego Old Town. Don't rush through it because it's genuinely one of the best areas of the city.

  • See a game at Petco Park
    See a game at Petco Park

    Petco Park is the Major League Baseball stadium in San Diego's downtown area. It holds just over 42,000 fans and opened back in April 2004. It mainly serves as the home of the San Diego Padres but has also been used for other community events, including concerts. Be sure to check online before your trip to see if any events are being held at Petco Park over the few days you'll be in San Diego. If there is, you'll want to book tickets in advance to make sure that you can attend!

    You Should Know

    Make use of game ticket apps to see if you can find more affordable ticket prices.

  • Explore Little Italy
    Explore Little Italy

    Little Italy is one of San Diego's best neighborhoods that you won't want to miss. The area is perfect for an evening out, and it's incredibly walkable. It consists of fun pubs, restaurants, boutiques, and even Farmer's Markets on the weekends. This neighborhood dates back to the 1920s. For a long time, it served mostly as a residential community, but more and more businesses started to open up in the area, which helped Little Italy to thrive and become the place we know it as today. Most of the companies and restaurants are family-run by locals.

    You Should Know

    Be sure to wear good walking shoes because using your feet is the best way to explore this area. Little Italy comes alive at night when it's at its busiest.

  • Relax at Coronado Beach
    Relax at Coronado Beach

    Coronado Beach is a 1.75-mile of coastal sand and water known for being one of the most beautiful beaches in Southern California. The beach is entirely free to visit and has a free-to-use parking lot. The beach is the perfect place to go swimming and relaxing for an afternoon. One of the best times to visit is at night when you can see the sunset over the water. There are also lots of spots to have a campfire along the beach.

    You Should Know

    Coronado Beach can get quite busy, but you can typically always find at least a little stretch of it just for yourself because of how long it is.

  • Go whale watching
    Go whale watching

    One of the most popular water attractions in San Diego is whale watching. These tours often start around $15 depending on the company, which makes it a genuinely affordable thing to do in San Diego. Each tour for whale watching lasts a different time, but you can expect that it will last at least a half-hour. Countless tour companies run whale watching tours, but some of the most well-known include San Diego Whale Watch and Gone Whale Watching.

    Best Time To Visit

    The best time to go on a San Diego whale watching tour is between mid-December to April.

  • Visit the San Diego Museum of Art
    Visit the San Diego Museum of Art

    The San Diego Museum of Art is a popular art museum that focuses on fine arts. It opened in 1926 and is located inside Balboa Park. The main focus of the park is Spanish art. There are lots of fun events held at the museum throughout the year, so check their calendar before you go. Often, many events are geared specifically towards children, but there are also fun events like Culture & Cocktails and Art After Hours.

    You Should Know

    You'll want to block off at least three hours to enjoy the museum thoroughly. Be sure also to check out Balboa Park while you're in the area.

San Diego Cruises When To Visit

Quick Facts

There is arguably no best time to visit San Diego because it is known for having almost perfect weather, no matter the time of year. However, certain times of the year are less-visited, which could make your experience in the city a lot better.

  • Spring and Fall - September to November and March to May - Shoulder Season

    The weather during the shoulder season is excellent. During the spring months, the temperature averages 68°F while the fall months average 74°F. What's great about San Diego weather is that even though it's warm during the day, it cools off quickly because it's next to the ocean.

  • Summer - June to August - High Season

    Most people visit during the summer months. This is when the weather is at its hottest, though, which is something to consider. The average temperature is 77°F, though there is usually a breeze.

  • Winter - December to February - Low Season

    San Diego's winter months are when the city is its coolest, but the city never experiences snow. This makes the winter still a great time to visit—the temperature averages around 66°F.

San Diego Cruises Frequently Asked Questions

What are San Diego cruises?

San Diego cruises are the best way to travel and explore parts of the world while also relaxing and rejuvenating. Each cruise has different stops and destinations, so be sure to do your research and find the one that includes the locations you're interested in visiting! If you're looking for a fun escape, then there's a San Diego cruise for you.

What’s included on a San Diego cruise?

San Diego cruises include meals and accommodation. Of course, each cruise has varying accommodation options and different dining options. Many amenities are also included, such as 24/7 front desk service, televisions in rooms, etc. There are also lots of great entertainment onboard, so be sure to take advantage of that!

What’s the best San Diego cruise?

There isn't one San Diego cruise that is better than the other because none is the same! It depends on the cruise you're interested in taking, the length of the trip you'd like, and your budget. You'll want to research to determine which one best works for you.

How much do San Diego cruises cost?

Prices range drastically for each cruise, depending on how long of a cruise it is. Our San Diego cruises start around $60 per day and go up in price from there. Often, the longer cruises end up being a lower price per day, so that's something to consider when choosing a cruise!

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