The Perfect Itinerary for One Week in San Diego

San Diego is a city full of fun activities, and you could easily spend a week checking out all the city has to offer. From museum hopping to great restaurants and soaking up the sun on the beach, here are some suggestions for your one week in San Diego!

Visit the San Diego Zoo

Start your trip off at the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The animals are livelier in the morning, so going early is best. If you are planning on visiting several museums and attractions in San Diego, you may want to consider getting a Go San Diego Card. This all-inclusive pass will get you free admission to more than 40 of the city’s museums and attractions, including the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Air & Space Museum, the San Diego Natural History Museum, and many more.

The zoo is in the heart of Balboa Park and spans more than 100 acres. Guests usually spend 3 – 4 hours at the zoo. After the zoo, you can stop at Prado for a late lunch. This restaurant is located next to the zoo in Balboa Park. They serve California-style food and have plenty of outdoor seating overlooking the park.

Take a Trip to the Beach

No trip to San Diego is complete without a day at the beach. Coronado Beach is one of the best beaches in San Diego. You can take a ferry to the island from Broadway Pier or drive over the Coronado Bridge. On Coronado Island, you can simply enjoy the beach or if you are looking for something a little more adventurous, the island has several locations where you can rent kayaks and paddleboards.

If you purchased a Go San Diego Card, admission to the Maritime Museum of San Diego is included on your card. The museum is located next to the Broadway Pier, so it is an easy stop of your way back from Coronado Beach.

Visit La Jolla

On your third day in San Diego make sure to check out the famous La Jolla Cove. The cove is a great place for swimming and is part of a protected nature reserve, so it is full of wildlife. You will often see sea lions here laying out on the rocks and if the beach isn’t crowded they will even venture over to the sand.

While in La Jolla be sure to check out some of the area’s restaurants, including Herringbone, George’s at the Cove, or El Pescador Fish Market.

A Day at Birch Aquarium

No trip to San Diego would be complete without a trip to the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. This oceanographic institute is highly interactive making it great for kids. The aquarium is also located on the beach, offering amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. Tickets to the Birch Aquarium are included on your Go San Diego Card.

Visit Mission Beach

San Diego is known for its gorgeous beaches, so what better way to end your trip than with another day at the beach. For your last day, head over to Mission Beach. The beach is perfect for laying out and relaxing in the sun. There are also several shops in the area that rent paddle boards and kayaks. If you get hungry, the boardwalk has plenty of casual eateries, including Oscar’s Mexican Seafood, which is famous for their fish tacos.

Planning Your Stay

If you are looking for accommodation for your one week in San Diego, consider booking one of our luxury beachfront rentals. We offer some of the nicest vacation homes in the city. All of our rentals are fully furnished and equipped with everything you may need for your week-long stay at the beach.

For more information on our vacation homes, please contact one of our rental specialists and they can help you find the perfect rental.