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.


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.


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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Downtown San Diego, San Diego?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 556 vacation rentals around Downtown San Diego. From 404 condo and apartment rentals to 81 house rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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

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 San Diego:

  • Mission Beach: 1,301 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach: 998 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla: 727 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach: 405 vacation rentals
  • North Park: 518 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Downtown San Diego?

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

  • Sculpture Garden: 4,625 vacation rentals
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church: 4,821 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach Pier: 4,891 vacation rentals
  • Mission Beach Boardwalk: 5,089 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Zoo: 4,071 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown San Diego listed on Vrbo 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 San Diego?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 404 Condos/Apartments in Downtown San Diego. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown San Diego include:

  • Houses: 81 rentals available
  • Studios: 257 rentals available
  • Hotels: 17 rentals available

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown San Diego?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 83 vacation rentals with pool available in Downtown San Diego. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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