Destination guide

Night frolics and family fun in Downtown San Diego

With a dazzling mix of swanky nightclubs, trendy bars, and family-friendly cultural attractions, Downtown San Diego is an exciting destination for party animals, vacationing couples, and families alike. The waterfront Embarcadero is a fabulous place to stroll, ideal for people-watching and catching a breathtaking sunrise, and the best place to clamber aboard the massive ships lining the harbor. Downtown San Diego vacation rentals are excellent home bases from which to watch a baseball game, ride the trolley, or shop for a unique souvenir in the chic boutiques of the city.

Things to do

GPS guided tours in Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego is a fun place to explore by bus, car, or on foot, but a GoCar tour is extra special as the first GPS-guided storytelling car. If you've got the kids along, you can make a beeline for the New Children's Museum where the small fry can get their hands dirty with delightful crafts, and engage their minds with rousing activities and exciting demonstrations. Downtown San Diego vacation rentals are close to the Maritime Museum of San Diego and USS Midway Museum where you can discover the history of the city's naval past aboard beautifully restored historic ships.

Activities

Harbor cruises and food tours in Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego offers a feast of exciting excursions for visitors to choose from. You can step aboard a sleek classic sailing yacht for a romantic sunset cruise with your love, or a fun-filled daytime adventure with the whole gang. A walking food tour is a delicious and fun way to explore the city while tasting luscious handmade desserts, unique craft beers, and cheesy Chicago-style pizza. Downtown San Diego vacation rentals are welcoming spots to return to after a big day of shopping in the atmospheric Gaslamp Quarter, attending a street festival, or dancing the night away at glitzy nightclub.

Weather

Mediterranean climate in Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego boasts a balmy Mediterranean climate, with mild, sunny weather throughout the year. Fog often blankets the area in spring, but burns off for gorgeous days perfect for ambling along the waterfront boardwalk. Summer can get quite hot, especially when the blistering Santa Ana winds blow in from the desert, raising temperatures into the 80s. Winter is mild and sunny, with temperatures in the low 40s. It's a great time to bundle up and head for the cliffs of Point Loma to watch for migrating gray whales, or to explore the tide pools to see beautiful sea creatures.

Natural features

Ocean-side splendor in Downtown San Diego

Downtown San Diego, is a patchwork of districts in the heart of San Diego. Only 30 minutes north of the US border with Mexico, Downtown San Diego is a mix of modern architecture and beautiful Victorian buildings with a strong Spanish influence. Its boardwalk looks over the stunning San Diego Bay in the vast Pacific Ocean, which in turn provides breathtaking views of the skyline to those taking a harbor cruise. Only a 2.5-hour drive south from Los Angeles, Downtown San Diego is the last big American metropolis before you get to the wild, party town of Tijuana.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Downtown San Diego

Fly into San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.), the closest airport, located 2 mi (3.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you can also fly into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 6.6 mi (10.7 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, you can make your way to San Diego Santa Fe Depot. You can see more of Downtown San Diego by jumping on the metro at America Plaza Trolley Station, County Center - Little Italy Station or Civic Center Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Downtown?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 797 vacation rentals near Downtown. From 588 Condos/Apartments to 105 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Downtown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Downtown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown:

  • Mission Beach: 1,380 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla: 775 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach: 1,068 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach: 440 vacation rentals
  • Mission Bay: 1,660 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • San Diego Convention Center: 1,704 vacation rentals
  • Petco Park: 5,121 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Santa Fe Depot: 5,226 vacation rentals
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego: 5,212 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Chinese Historical Museum: 5,131 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 588 Condos/Apartments in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Houses: 105 rentals available
  • Cabins: 4 rentals available
  • Studios: 428 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 223 vacation rentals with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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