6 San Diego Spring Break Staycation Ideas

If you’re in need of a getaway this year for spring break but want to keep it close to home, why not spend a few days right here in San Diego County? Chances are you haven’t explored some of the options that are right in your own backyard in a while, and the benefits of doing so are clear: You’ll spend less money and time on travel. You’ll also fall in love all over again with your favorite spots, all within easy driving distance. Plus, you might discover a few new favorite destinations with our suggestions below!

Check out these six spring break staycation ideas in San Diego County:

Take a day trip to La Jolla

Whether you’re looking for a couple’s excursion or a family affair, La Jolla has plenty to offer for everyone. The Birch Aquarium is the perfect family-friendly destination with a hilltop location, Pacific Ocean view, and more than 5,000 fish. If the trails are calling your name, there are tons of options for hikes with glorious views. (Here are five of the best trails.) Head to La Jolla Cove to check out the sea lions and relax on the beach, then catch a happy hour or dinner nearby!


Escape to the mountains

Just an hour east but seemingly worlds away from San Diego is the quaint town of Julian. Situated in the Cuyamaca mountains, Julian sprang up during a gold rush in the 1870s. Today, you can stay in a historic bed and breakfast, visit museums and galleries, and eat apple pie to your heart’s content.


Sleep under the stars

If camping is your idea of relaxation, the Observatory Campground in the Palomar Mountains is just an hour and-a-half northeast of San Diego. With tons of hiking trails and the Palomar Observatory nearby, it’s an ideal getaway for families, couples, or a group of friends. Pitch a tent or park your camper, and don’t forget firewood and marshmallows for a perfect night around the fire.


Have a relaxing stay in Carlsbad

Aside from the gorgeous beaches and premier dining, be sure to check out the nearly 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. If you’re bringing kids along, LEGOLAND is a must. The Craftsmanship Museum will delight lovers of antiques, and if you love shopping, you can do plenty of it at the Premium Outlets.


Keep it local in Balboa Park

You don’t have to go far to find plenty to do. Balboa Park is the perfect place to spend the day, whether you prefer checking out one of the park’s 15 museums, smelling the roses at Alcazar Garden, or seeing the animals at the San Diego Zoo. It’s worth revisiting if you haven’t been in a while!


Book a stay at the Hotel del Coronado

If it’s luxury and relaxation you’re looking for regarding staycation ideas in San Diego, a night at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado is just what you need. If you can’t book an overnight stay, you can still plan a visit to soak up the building’s gorgeous locale and long history. Built in 1888, the hotel has hosted countless celebrities, U.S. presidents, and other notable guests. It’s worth a trip for the poolside lounging alone.


Hit the beaches

When was the last time you took advantage of all San Diego’s beaches have to offer? With so many options nearby, you can do a different beach every day of the week! Head to Ocean Beach for hippie vibes and craft beers, or visit Pacific Beach for surf lessons and an easy walk to happy hour. If you’re looking to escape the city, spend an afternoon at Windansea Beach, which feels worlds away. Black’s Beach is the perfect spot for adventure seekers—it’s a clothing-optional beach with hang gliding at Torrey Pines Gliderport nearby. (Just don’t forget a towel!)

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