Planning a Weekend Getaway to San Diego

Boasting near perfect weather, beautiful beaches, scenic beauty, unique dining, and a lively downtown, San Diego is an ideal spot for a weekend getaway. Actually nicknamed “America’s Finest City”, trust us, you don’t want to miss out on all San Diego has to offer! Check out our advice, tips and tricks, do’s and don’ts, and suggestions for a fun San Diego weekend below.


Although there are never any bad times to visit San Diego, there are some better times of the year to plan your trip. If you are coming without children, plan your trip between March and May, or in the months of September and November. Because there aren’t as many school breaks during these times, you will avoid the throngs of families rushing from one activity to another. June through August will provide the best weather for your trip (average temperature is in the high 70’s) and the city has many family friendly festivals during these months. If you are looking to save a couple of dollars on your weekend getaway, consider visiting during December through February. This is the rainy season, and hotel rates tend to drop. However, the landscape turns lush and vibrant green, and this is also whale migration season, so there are plenty of activities happening in and around the bay.


Many people think that the Gaslamp Quarter is a must see when they visit San Diego. However, most restaurants in the quarter are expensive and parking is almost impossible to find. Skip the restaurants there and check out the history and architecture with a drive by tour. 

Most restaurants in San Diego accept casual dress, so unless you have a special evening planned, leave your fancy clothes at home. Evenings near the ocean can be cooler than you may think, validating the tired old advice to dress in layers.

Plan and book your activities in advance. Most of the year San Diego is bustling with tourist activity, so it is important to reserve your spots for certain activities in advance. At San Diego Surf School, we offer private lessons, group lessons, and adult retreats for you to check out. 


Brunch seems to be the new “thing” and San Diego has the perfect brunch spot to satisfy your craving. Visit Bleu Boheme located on Adams Avenue, not only do they serve brunch, but lunch and dinner, too. Bleu isn’t a tourist trap, so you won’t be fighting the crowds to grab a table. For a swanky night out on the town, Anthology is the place to be. A jazz music and supper club, patrons enjoy getting dressed up and being swept into a state of relaxation.


Running around San Diego and water play can be exhausting, so it’s critical to make sure you’re booked into a clean and comfortable hotel that is close to all the action. The PB Surf Inn boasts bright, airy, modern rooms extremely close to the beach. They offer a complimentary continental breakfast, and there are many restaurants in walking distance from the hotel. PB Surf Inn offers coupons frequently on their website, so be sure to check that out! If you’re bringing a large family or friend group, consider renting some cottages. Crystal Pier Cottages are situated over the ocean on a long pier that you can walk, drive, and fish off of. Most of their cottages have their own kitchen and patio. 


From surfing to escape games to the zoo, there are plenty of options for activities in San Diego. Staying near the beach is your best bet, as you will get to enjoy water activities and other exciting opportunities for adventures near the beach. Plan a surf lesson to get in touch with your inner beach persona and wrap up the morning with a sand castle workshop from San Diego Sandcastles. Take a segway tour down Pacific Beach or visit Baja Winery Tours to experience the best of the region’s wine, food, and beer. 

A weekend in San Diego will be a weekend you won’t forget. Contact us to learn more about San Diego Surf School. We believe that surfing is not just a sport, but a remedy for life. Take a break from the rush of everyday life and come enjoy the tides with us.