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My Favorite Things: San Diego Resources

San Diego Resources

Discounts and tips for residents and visitors

Whether you are coming to San Diego on vacation or live here, check my list of discounts and hotel perks in addition to local tour operators and resources that I trust. NEW: You can now book a 25-minute San Diego vacation phone consultation with me. Some of the links below are affiliate links which means that if you book through them, I may be compensated.

San Diego Zoo Tickets (Exclusive Savings)

I have yet to see a lower price.

I have unpublished savings on 1-Day tickets! Use password lajollamom to get the promo code right now. You’ll go straight to the gate. All taxes and fees included.

Balboa Park Botanical Building - on a list of San Diego virtual tours.

Go San Diego Pass (10% Off)

Use on top of sale prices.

Save on sightseeing with 10% off All-Inclusive Go San Diego passes. No promo code is needed and the discount stacks on top of sale rates. (You can buy the Build-Your-Own or Explorer Pass as well.)

San Diego Zoo Safari Park tiger

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Tickets (Exclusive Savings)

Also a low, low price.

I have unpublished savings on 1-Day tickets! Use password lajollamom to get the promo code right now. You’ll go straight to the gate. All taxes and fees included.

Knott's Berry Farm Silver Bullet Roller Coaster

California Explorer Pass

You’ll need this on a CA road trip.

Temporarily not available. Use promo code LJMOM10 for 10% off the California Explorer Pass which provides admission to major theme parks across the state over the course of 30 days.

SeaWorld San Diego Manta roller coaster

Ticket Combo Deals

Bundle to save more.

Check which San Diego theme park tickets you can bundle together to save even more off of gate pricing.

Kids drive LEGO cars at LEGOLAND California

All San Diego Tickets

A la carte and combo discounts.

This is the full list of San Diego tickets and tours that I offer in partnership with aRes Travel. All taxes and fees included.

A discount for kayak tours and kayak rentals with Everyday California in La Jolla.

Everyday California (15% Off)

Save on water sports fun in La Jolla.

Use code lajollamom and click the green checkmark for a 20% discount on kayak tours, surf lessons, and rentals at Everyday California. Like their retail offerings? Use code LJM20 for 20% off of clothes and accessories.

A group of friends cheers-ing their wine glasses

Five Star Tours (5% Off)

Sightseeing tours that you’ll love.

Use code lajollamom at checkout for 5% off of winery, brewery, San Diego sightseeing, Baja day trip, and other fantastic Five Star Tours.

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Anatomie Travel Clothes (15% Off)

Go carry-on with light, packable clothes.

Use code LAJOLLAMOM for 15% off of your purchase. The wrinkle-free, stylish clothes make it possible to take a long trip with only a carry-on. I’m a fan of their cardigans and pants.

La Jolla Cove Beach

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FREE 53-Page San Diego Guide Book

I share the best hotels, attractions, restaurants, and other tips by popular San Diego tourist neighborhood, in one place.

Red and white striped lounge chairs on the beach in front of Hotel Del Coronado.

Hotels with Benefits

Get my perks at no extra cost.

This is the list of hotels that I work with to offer value-added benefits to readers through Virtuoso or other VIP programs that you only have access to through select luxury travel agents.gate. Choose an All-Inclusive or the number of attractions.

The waterfront pool at Hilton San Diego Resort overlooks Mission Bay and is great for families.

Ticket + Hotel Packages

Bundle theme park tickets + a hotel for extra savings.

You may save even more with a vacation package that includes theme park tickets and your hotel.

A father and daughter jump into the Main Pool at Fairmont Grand Del Mar.

“Best of” Hotel Lists

Get help figuring out where to stay.

If you’re looking for a particular type of hotel or a hotel in a certain neighborhood, I have ranked hotels all over San Diego into lists of best beachfront hotels, best kid-friendly hotels, boutique, hotels and more.

Shop at Surf Diva in La Jolla Shores

Surf Diva

Surf lessons, camp, rentals and a boutique.

Without hesitation I recommend Surf Diva in La Jolla Shores for surfing lessons and camps. Your kids will love it but remember you’re never too old to learn how to surf. Forget your suit? No worries, they have a boutique.

Things to do in San Diego with teens: San Diego Fly Rides

SoCal Fly Rides

Electric bike rentals and tours.

You can see some of our best beaches, wildlife, and sights on a bike tour where you cruise up hills with less effort. A guide leads the way, but you can also rent a bike and go it alone. They are based in La Jolla.

Old Town Trolley

Hop on an off throughout San Diego.

One fun way to go carless and see sights further afield is with the hop-on, hop-off Old Town Trolley. You can book it directly through the Trusted Tours platform that they use for the best savings.

Rimowa luggage review

Luggage Free

Arrive without bags.

While this sounds like a luxury do you know what people use it for here? Surfboards and golf clubs! This way, you don’t have to deal with oversized baggage when you fly in. Or choose to go completely luggage free by sending everything ahead of time, to your hotel.

Learn who the best San Diego car services are for those who don't want a car rental or need airport transportation.

Blacklane

When you need a car scheduled.

Use promo code 1WVK908F on your first Blacklane ride and we’ll both save 20%. I use them for airport transfers and scheduled longer rides.

toddlers travel gear rental

Toddlers Travel

Don’t pack it. Rent it.

You can rent baby beach gear, car seats, toys, cribs, strollers, bath tubs, and much more for your hotel, vacation rental, or out of town guests from this local, family-owned business. You can pick it up near the airport or have it delivered. Mention I sent you.

Shop the best travel gear for your next vacation.

Favorite Travel Gear and Planning Essentials

Luggage, clothes, discounts.

A red-sailed junk on Victoria Harbour.

Asia Travel Resources

Tour companies, tickets, and other trusted resources should you want to visit major cities in Asia.

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