Staycation Guide to San Diego

This post was inspired and sponsored by ForRent.com. All opinions and thoughts expressed here are my own.

San Diego, CA. I came to San Diego not by choice but by orders from the United States Navy. I spent 4 years in the Navy and in San Diego not experiencing it to the fullest because of constant deployments. Now, over 10 years later I have grown to love this city I call home. 

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Local Guide to San Diego

After being here for so long, San Diego has become a part of who I am. Even if I did move in the future it will always have a piece of my heart. From hiking countless trails, eating at local restaurants, or just exploring the touristy attractions, San Diego has something for everyone. 

There’s no secret that San Diego has some of the perfect weather in the country. It’s always mostly sunny and the summers are warm without the humidity. This is why San Diego is such a perfect place to live. It’s also the perfect “staycation” city. There is so much to do here to keep your weekends fun. 

Read the full Local Guide to San Diego.

Staycation Guide to San Diego

WHAT TO DOStaycation guide to san diego

  • Rent a kayak or Stand Up Paddle Board-there are so many rental places here for water sports. You can also find great Groupon deals. I love going to Mission Bay Aquatic center. Their prices are super affordable and even give student discounts.
  • Hiking-there are so many hikes in San Diego. Like a lot! I’ve done quite a few but here are some of my favorites. 
    • Iron Mountain: 5.6 miles through beautiful hills. The view from the top is beautiful and perfect for a picnic. 
    • Cowles Mountain: Moderate 3 mile (roundtrip) hike. It’s the highest point in the City of San Diego and the view is spectacular. 
    • Mount Woodson aka Potato Chip Rock: One of the most popular hikes in San Diego. You have to go early if you want to get a picture. It’s 7.5 miles from Lake Poway and back. 
    • Volcan Mountain: 3.2 miles. This hike is out in Julian, CA so you are sure to get out of the city parts with this hike. 
    • Santa Ysabel Creek Trail: Another favorite out in Julian that is a little more quiet. It’s a 7.1 mile loop through a creek and open space. 
  • Shopping-from where I live in Linda Vista, I have 4 malls within a 10 mile radius! There are also a ton of little shops in Pacific Beach, La Jolla, and Downtown areas. 
  • Visit San Diego Monuments and Museums: Balboa Park is filled with museums to learn about San Diego’s history and culture. There are a handful of historical sites in San Diego that are great to check out too. 
    • Balbo Park Museums 
    • Cabrillo National Monument
    • Presidio of San Diego
    • Old Town Historic Park
    • Mount Soledad

Want more? Check out this local guide.


  • Home: the beauty of living in San Diego is that you don’t even have to leave the city to staycation. Plan a day trip and your set.
  • Airbnb: Airbnb is one of my favorite ways to stay in San Diego but feel like you’re really on vacation by renting a beautiful home or beach house with friends and family. Here’s $40 credit for your next booking on Airbnb.
  • Hotel: We have a plethora of hotels here in San Diego to choose from. Here are some of the areas that you could stay.
    • Pacific Beach
    • Mission Beach
    • Old Town San Diego
    • Downtown
    • La Jolla
    • Coronado Island
  • Julian Bed & Breakfast: this quaint little mining town is the perfect getaway from the city hustle and bustle.

WHERE TO EATStaycation guide to san diego

  • Little Italy– authentic Italian food.
  • Old Town– a variety of Mexican food and margaritas.
  • La Jolla Village/Shores-a number of fine dining restaurants.
  • Shelter Island-this is one of my favorite areas to eat. You get beautiful views of the bay.
  • Julian– Great for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you’re in Julian don’t forget the pie! 

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  • Downtown San Diego-the area that’s always popping. There are so many restaurants downtown and you’re sure to find something you’ll like. From fine dining to dive bars there’s something for every taste. 

I’ve really enjoyed living here in San Diego and couldn’t have picked a more perfect place to spend the last ten years. It’s also one of the best places to live in California! ForRent.com has always been my go-to site when searching for apartments and places to live. They also provide great guides to neighborhoods. 

Here are a couple more of their Best Places to Live in list:

  1. Colorado
  2. Texas
  3. Arizona
  4. Washington
  5. Georgia

Is your city a great place to live? 

How do you spend your staycation?

Let me know! I’m always looking for new places to go and see. 🙂





  1. July 11, 2017 / 12:09 PM

    San Diego is an absolute DREAM! My friend and I did a girlfriend getaway last September. Her brother is actually in the Navy there so we explored the base and had dinner with him. The food and vibe is, by far, the main reasons everyone needs to go there!

  2. adriana
    July 11, 2017 / 12:39 PM

    I love your pictures! San Diego is such a fun place, there’s so much to do!!

  3. July 11, 2017 / 3:09 PM

    I haven’t been to San Diego in quite a few years but I absolutely loved it when I was there for a conference. I also went to the zoo which was one of the coolest zoos I’ve ever been to.

  4. July 11, 2017 / 5:03 PM

    I’m dying to get back to San Diego! I havent been in almost 20 years! haha so basically i was a kid!

  5. July 11, 2017 / 6:03 PM

    I love San Diego! I always loved driving down to Coronado beach and enjoying the pristine white sand

  6. July 11, 2017 / 7:15 PM

    How fun! I haven’t made it to San Diego but I’ve heard so many great things!

  7. July 11, 2017 / 7:50 PM

    I went to San Diego 4 years ago. And let me tell you… I love it!! I fell in love with that city. Definitely, a place I would live.

  8. July 11, 2017 / 9:01 PM

    I lived in San Diego when I was younger, but barely remember anything! I definitely need to make a trip back there after reading this!

  9. July 12, 2017 / 7:43 AM

    I love San Diego! I would totally agree with the places you listed to stay!

  10. July 12, 2017 / 10:56 AM

    I love San Diego! When I used to live in Phoenix we would go for the weekend all the time!

  11. July 12, 2017 / 3:40 PM

    San Diego is on my list! So jealous you get to call it home!



  12. Silvia
    July 12, 2017 / 4:39 PM

    Omg so many great ideas! I’m all about food so I definitely will be checking out these places when I visit!

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