Congratulations, you’re getting married! Have you decided where to go for your honeymoon yet? If not, I suggest planning a San Diego honeymoon.
Do you and your loved one prefer to stroll through museums hand-in-hand? San Diego has several museums to discover.
Would you rather hit the trails and explore the great outdoors together? San Diego’s parks, trails, and outdoor excursions are calling your name.
In need of a relaxing getaway? San Diego’s beaches and spas are just what you two need.
But everyone knows the hardest part of any honeymoon is organizing the trip. And, let's face it: the wedding planning takes up all of your time and planning skills. Fortunately, if you follow this step-by-step guide, organizing your San Diego honeymoon will be super easy.
1. Set Your Honeymoon Budget
Similar to setting a wedding budget, determining how much you’re willing to spend on your honeymoon will affect the rest of your planning decisions. Your budget will dictate:
- When you choose to travel
- Which attractions/activities you can enjoy
- Where you’ll stay in San Diego
While it’s always nice to have a lavish getaway, don’t worry if you can’t afford an expensive trip right now. There are plenty of ways to vacation in San Diego on a budget. Plus, the seaside city is filled with free things to do, so you and your spouse can save money while having fun.
2. Decide When to Travel
Determining when to travel to San Diego depends on a few factors:
- Your budget
- Your schedule
- The activities you’d like to do
First, certain travel seasons are more expensive than others. If you want an affordable San Diego honeymoon, the best time to travel is in the winter when hotel rates and flight prices drop. Set a price alert on flights to see what time of year meets your budget.
On the other hand, you may have a job which only allows certain times of the year off. If so, plan your trip around these dates and adjust other areas of your vacation accordingly.
Also, if you’d like to spend a great deal of time outside or at the beach, avoid the winter months along with May and June. May and June have the most overcast days of the year, leading to the nicknames “June Gloom” and “May Gray.” Winter is also San Diego’s rainy season, leading to few opportunities for outdoor adventures.
For the best weather and to avoid crazy crowds, plan your honeymoon in the spring or fall. You’ll enjoy pleasant temperatures and little to no crowds!
3. Book Your Hotel and Flight
Again, seasonality will have a direct effect on the price of your honeymoon accommodations and transportation. However, if you must travel during the peak tourist seasons, there are a few ways to save.
Tips for Saving on San Diego Flights
Look at Ticket Types
Airlines now offer a variety of different ticket types, including basic economy tickets. If you’re looking to save as much money as possible and are fine with sitting in a different row than your significant other, basic economy tickets may be a great option for your budget.
However, be familiar with the ticket rules. Certain airlines do not allow basic economy passengers to have carry-on luggage or other large items.
Have a Flexible Travel Schedule
Play around with flight dates and times. For instance, is it cheaper to fly out Friday night or Saturday morning? What about return flight times? Find the perfect flight schedule that fits your budget and travel plans and book before it sells out.
Don’t Wait Too Long
Due to the high demand for flights, especially during peak seasons, ticket prices rarely go down. Set a Google Flights alert to monitor the prices for your intended flight. But don’t wait too long or they’ll spike back up!
Tips For Saving on San Diego Hotels
Find Vacation Packages and Promotions
San Diego vacation packages allow you to bundle your attraction/tour/activity tickets with your choice of a hotel room for extra discounts. This means you’ll receive additional savings on top of already discounted tickets. You can customize your San Diego honeymoon while saving money at the same time. Win-win!
Also, some hotels may offer special discounts for honeymooners, so do your research. You never know what types of promotions you may find!
Think About Hotel Location
If you book a hotel room right in downtown San Diego, you’ll likely be hit with higher prices to accommodate the demand. Instead, try to find lower rates by staying just outside of the city.
Our Favorite San Diego Hotels
For the ultimate honeymoon, consider booking your stay at top San Diego hotels such as:
- Hotel del Coronado
- Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
- Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
- The Sofia Hotel
- The Lodge at Torrey Pines
- Pendry San Diego
- Hotel Indigo Gaslamp Quarter
4. Plan Your San Diego Itinerary and Book!
There’s no shortage of honeymoon fun available in San Diego. However, with the popularity of specific attractions and tours, it’s in your best interest to devise an itinerary in advance and book your tickets/reservations ASAP. Take a look at a few sample itineraries and start planning.
San Diego Outdoor Adventures
If you and your significant other are the outdoorsy types, plan several outdoor excursions for the two of you. San Diego is the perfect place for:
- Hang Gliding
Go Wild in San Diego
At the San Diego Zoo, you’ll learn all about the park’s 4,000+ rare and endangered creatures from cheetahs to koalas. And, along the way, you’ll discover how the San Diego Zoo is leading animal rehabilitation and conservation efforts across the globe.
Over at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, you’ll embark on your own safari and come face-to-face with more than 2,600 endangered animals from across the globe, as well as 3,500 plant species.
While you’re having a wild time, keep the fun going at SeaWorld San Diego. On top of discovering more about our underwater friends and ecosystems, you and your spouse can ride massive roller coasters such as Manta! Now that’s wild.
Step Up Your Knowledge Game
Do you two adore museums? If so, spend the day strolling through captivating exhibits hand-in-hand at some of San Diego’s iconic museums.
Over in Balboa Park, you’ll find museums such as:
- Fleet Science Center
- Mingei International Museum
- San Diego Air & Space Museum
- San Diego Art Institute
- Museum of Photographic Arts
- San Diego History Center
- San Diego Museum of Man
And that’s only a handful of the museums housed in the park. Other museums in San Diego include the USS Midway Museum, Maritime Museum of San Diego, and Museum of Making Music. No matter if you’re interested in art, history, space, science, or engineering, there’s a museum for everything in San Diego.
San Diego Beaches
You can’t go on a San Diego honeymoon without going to the beach at least once! Areas like La Jolla boast gorgeous beaches with ample swimming, surfing, and tide pool exploring opportunities.
Spend your honeymoon relaxing away on the sandy beaches listening to the sound of waves crashing on the shore at these San Diego beaches:
- Coronado Beach
- Torrey Pines State Beach
- La Jolla Shores
- Silver Strand State Beach
- Mission Beach
- Bonita Cove
After all, what’s more romantic than watching the sunrise or sunset from a beach?
5. Pack Appropriately for Your San Diego Honeymoon
After you’ve booked your hotel, flight, and attraction tickets, all that’s left to do is pack.
However, San Diego isn’t a year-round paradise. You don’t want to pack summer clothes for the chilly months. Instead, consult our ultimate San Diego packing list and find out exactly what you need to bring for your honeymoon.
At the least, bring comfortable walking shoes for all the exploring you’ll do in San Diego!
Enjoy Your Honeymoon!
Now, go have a great time in San Diego with your new spouse!