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My Favorite Things: San Diego Resources

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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.

My Discounts on Tickets and Tours


Get my exclusive discounts on tickets, sightseeing pass, and tours!

San Diego Zoo (Exclusive Savings)

I have yet to see a lower price.

CALL (888) 795-3715 or email [email protected] for an even deeper discount on 1-Day tickets. Go straight to the gate. These tickets are good for one year after purchase. There is a $2 per ticket service fee but you will still come out ahead. Tax is included.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Exclusive Savings)

Also a low, low price.

CALL (888) 795-3715 or email [email protected] for an even deeper discount on 1-Day tickets. Go straight to the gate. Tickets are good for one year after purchase. There is a $2 per ticket service fee but you will still come out ahead. Tax is included.

Go San Diego Pass (Exclusive 10% Off)

Use on top of sale prices.

My 10% discount on All-Inclusive Go San Diego sightseeing passes automatically applies when you use the link below and it stacks on top of any other promotions they are offering. This is the most popular sightseeing pass for people visiting San Diego.

California Explorer Pass (10% Off)

You need this on a CA road trip

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.

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.

All San Diego Tickets

Shop San Diego tickets and tours.

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

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.

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.

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.

FREE 53-Page San Diego Guidebook

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

Best Ways to Find and Book Hotels


Consider me your go-to for San Diego hotels. It’s my job to keep up-to-date on the latest happenings and renovations so that you know where to stay. Don’t forget to use the benefits I have at some of them.

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.

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.

“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.

Tour Operators That I Trust


Want to learn how to surf or take a bike tour? Maybe you’d like to sightsee without a car? These companies will get the job done.

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.

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.

Easier Logistics


Make your trip even easier by taking advantage of these trusted resources.

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.

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

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.