While San Diegans are shivering as the temperatures start to drop into the 60s, visitors from colder climates flock to San Diego and walk around unbothered by the weather in shorts and t-shirts. The months November through January aren’t peak season for San Diego (we all know everyone comes to San Diego in the summer), however the holidays are upon us. Visitors should still expect fairly high prices for flights and accommodations, especially for travel closer to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Eve.
So what do you do if you have your heart set on visiting San Diego this fall, but might not have the necessary budget? You read these tips for the easiest ways to save in San Diego!
- Location, location, location. As with many things, it’s all about location, and where you are going to stay in San Diego is no different. You’ll save the most by reserving a hotel in a centrally located downtown district where you can walk or take advantage of the city’s public transportation system. This way, not only will you save by renting a car, you are provided with the added convenience of having all of downtowns attractions at your fingertips. Even though La Jolla and Coronado are beautiful, the price of staying near the beach might not be worth it in the cooler winter months.
- Make hotel accommodations in advance. After deciding which part of San Diego you want to visit, it is in your best interest to make a hotel reservation as soon as possible. Prices will only continue to rise as the holidays get closer, leaving those who procrastinate out of luck. Look for websites offering hotel deals such as www.marinainnsd.com. Not only does the Marina Inn offer discounted hotel rates, there are additional savings for those who book early, AAA members, Military and many more.
- Plan out (some of) your meals. Dining while on vacation is one of the fastest ways to deplete your vacation budget. Travelers tend to get caught up in wanting to try new restaurants, and not only eating out for main meals such as lunch and dinner, but for snacks as well. Plan out some of your meals and check some menus before to get a good idea of how much you’ll be spending. If there are restaurants that you’ve heard about and are dying to try, make a reservation and plan out which day of your trip you’re going to go. This way, you know you’ll have to be more frugal with your breakfast or lunch plans. Other ways to save include dining during happy hour or staying at a hotel that offers complimentary breakfast.
Also be sure to shop around for flights and if you know you’re going to be traveling, sign up for updates from popular airlines so you’ll be alerted when sales take place. JetBlue and Southwest are national airlines that are recognized for lower priced flights into San Diego so start with those when doing any research.