Destination guide

Artsy Downtown San Diego will entice you

Take a vacation to Downtown San Diego and enjoy the area's museums, art galleries and entertainment. Well known for its zoo, bars and restaurants, this walkable city won't disappoint. Local cultural sights include USS Midway Museum and Maritime Museum of San Diego. If you need more space to accommodate a family vacation or friends trip, rental homes often come with separate dining areas and spacious living rooms.


Activities and attractions in and around Downtown San Diego

Are you hoping to discover attractions to see while you're in town? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to check out everything that Downtown San Diego has to offer. These are some of the top attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • San Diego Zoo (1.7 mi / 2.8 km)
  • SeaWorld (4.7 mi / 7.5 km)
  • Balboa Park Carousel (1.8 mi / 2.8 km)
  • Balboa Park Golf Course (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Coronado Municipal Golf Course (2.2 mi / 3.6 km)
  • Heritage Park (2.9 mi / 4.7 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural features in Downtown San Diego

Whether you're an active traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Downtown San Diego. Here are some of the area’s noteworthy natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Balboa Park (1.4 mi / 2.3 km)
  • La Jolla Cove (11 mi / 17.7 km)
  • Coronado Beach (2.7 mi / 4.4 km)
  • Old Town San Diego State Park (3.1 mi / 5 km)
  • Ocean Beach Park (5.4 mi / 8.7 km)
  • Mission Beach (6.3 mi / 10.2 km)
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?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 788 house rentals around Downtown. From 579 Condos/Apartments to 104 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Downtown is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Downtown?

Whether you're travelling 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:

  • La Jolla: 766 vacation rentals
  • Mission Beach: 1,359 vacation rentals
  • Mission Bay: 1,632 vacation rentals
  • Pacific Beach: 1,059 vacation rentals
  • Ocean Beach: 434 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • San Diego Convention Center: 1,657 home rentals
  • Petco Park: 5,014 home rentals
  • Port of San Diego: 5,170 home rentals
  • San Diego Santa Fe Depot: 5,118 home rentals
  • Westfield Horton Plaza: 5,029 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway 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?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 579 Condos/Apartments in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Houses: 104 lodging choices
  • Cabins: 4 lodging choices
  • Studios: 424 lodging choices

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

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 220 vacation homes with pool available in Downtown.

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