As the biggest California city between Los Angeles and the Mexican border, San Diego is home to miles of beautiful beaches, multicultural cuisine, top U.S. companies, monuments and famous neighborhoods. If you’re busy planning a San Diego trip, there are a lot of things to consider before making a booking. San Diego vacation rentals can take so many different shapes and sizes, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Here are some tips to make sure you get the most from your chosen accommodation.
- Expect to Commute
San Diego’s many attractions are spread out all over the city, so no one neighborhood is likely to have everything you want to see. Expect to commute during the day, and decide how best you’d like to do that. Cabs are fine, but they can get costly. You might prefer to find a hotel or rental home near a public transportation stop, or you can rent a car for personal use.
- Research the Location
Mission Beach vacation rentals in San Diego make it simple to add some sightseeing and attractions to your vacation. Close to Belmont Park and SeaWorld San Diego, this area of the city is ideal for a family adventure. Pick your beach location carefully to ensure you see everything San Diego has to offer while you enjoy your beachfront rental. Remember the busy season means more crowds at the amusement parks and at the beaches.
- Ask About Hidden Accommodation Fees
Does your hotel or apartment come with parking, or will you have to pay for your vehicle? Are you expected to pay a fee for the fitness room, regardless of whether or not you use it? Another big hidden cost is often Wi-Fi. Internet access is not always free, nor is it easy to connect to at every location. If Wi-Fi is important to you, double-check how it works in the places you’re considering renting.
- Beaches in San Diego
When taking a vote for the best beach in San Diego, one of these beaches would likely take first place. Pacific Beach is popular with locals, and it features a pier and boardwalk. Fish from Crystal Pier, have a picnic on the sand or enjoy window-shopping in nearby shops. Coronado Beach is another popular beach in the area. Well suited for families, lifeguards are on duty. The sand and surf conditions are stellar, and beach combing is also popular there. Check out Ocean Beach, not only for the surf and sand, but also to take in breathtaking views of San Diego. The pier at Ocean Beach features fishing, and no license is required.
- Pack Accordingly
Once you determine where you’ll be staying or have a general idea, pack clothing suited to the trip. San Diego has a warm climate year-round, so you’ll probably need a swimming suit, especially if your rental home has a pool or hot tub. If you want to shop at Seaport Village or do sightseeing around the city, pack comfortable walking shoes.
- Make Reservations Ahead of Time
San Diego is a busy place — busier than a lot of visitors realize. Make sure you don’t miss out on anything; call ahead to reserve your place in tour groups, table bookings and zoo photo tours. It’s better to call when unnecessary than to go all the way across town and be denied entrance.
- Be Picky About Where You Eat
Sometimes the most popular parts of the city (Gaslamp Quarter and Old Town, for starters) are full of mediocre menus. For something tastier and better-priced, book a table in one of the Hill Crest, North Park or Kensington restaurants.
San Diego is loaded with top-notch restaurants, including Campfire and Craft & Commerce, but there will be times when you want to eat in. Look for grocery delivery options or do grocery shopping on your way to check-in. Having bagels and coffee on hand for breakfast makes the mornings easier. It’s one of the luxuries of renting a vacation home.
- Try the Trolley Cars
Even if you prefer to drive during your vacation, give the San Diego trolley system a try. It’s affordable and dependable, no matter what street traffic looks like. During rush hours, it’s your best bet for arriving on time, since the streets fill up fast and sometimes traffic doesn’t move for a long time.
- Beach Chairs
Beach rentals will usually let you use their beach chairs and umbrellas. This is a great perk to ask property managers before you book! It will come in handy when you want to hit the beach, but don’t wan tt spend on something you can’t fit in your luggage after your trip.