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Where to pick up your car
The most popular car hire location is San Diego International Airport (SAN), just under 15 mins' drive from the centre (about 5km).
Top car rental brands
The most popular car rental brands in San Diego are Mex, Dollar, Alamo, Thrifty and Enterprise.
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Warmest month: August (23°C)
Coldest month: January (14°C)
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Hire a car in San Diego
Regardless the of the type of vacation you’re after, San Diego has you covered.
Though the sandy haired surfer and chilled-out beach guru may be the city’s stereotypical icon, the city runs on a vibrant active energy. San Diego is an undoubtedly easy-going and proud city. Here, you’ll find some of the best Mexican food outside of Mexico, hip neighbours as well as a wealth of museums. Oh, and stunning coastline.
Just as the city (unsurprisingly) ranks as one of America’s most popular destinations, its road trips take top place. Drive north from San Diego and discover California’s stylish cities, barren deserts and lush vineyards. But first, search for your perfect car hire with easyCar.
Sights to see
If San Diego is on your horizon, now it's time to plan your trip, reserve your hotel, hire a car, and figure out how to plan each day so you don't miss any of the amazing attractions that this city has to offer.
Things to do
Nature enthusiast but also a museum lover? You couldn't be in a better place. Balboa Park is an impressive spot, home to 15 museums. The beautiful buildings in the most authentic Spanish Colonial Revival-style host museums such as The San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Automotive Museum or the Museum of Photographic Arts. Needless to say that by walking from one museum to another, you will find yourself surrounded by a breath-taking, massive garden.
Take a day just to roam around downtown San Diego. Start with the unique Gaslamp Quarter, a district that has to offer, from art and culture to cool shops, eclectic cuisine and vibrant events. When it comes to food and drink in San Diego, perhaps you'll face the hardest choice of your journey. Having so many wonderful restaurants to pick from, it won't be easy to settle to one. For our part, we recommend you try Las Cuatro Milpas - a small, authentic Mexican restaurant serving delicious traditional dishes.
San Diego is an amazing destination for outdoor recreation, featuring 70 miles of gorgeous coastline and blessed with around 300 days of summer. The best way to reach the beaches and not waste time is by car, and if you're a tourist that's also the cheapest option. Mission Beach is a great place to rest, play beach games and take a break from the city buzz. The long, sandy beach is situated close to restaurants that often pride themselves with fresh fish and local wines. We recommend trying Cannes Bar and Grill for the ultimate Californian dining experience.
La Jolla is, along with Mission, one of the finest Californian beaches. Perfect for surfing but also for partying, in La Jolla you'll find a relaxed, trendy and hospitable community in which we guarantee you'll feel like home.
Now get in the car and head to San Diego Zoo. The place is large enough for you to spend a whole day, wandering around and admiring over 800 species of animals. Even if you come here with kids or by yourself, you will absolutely enjoy the experience of being in one of the most famous zoological gardens in the world. We hope you're not afraid of tigers, polar bears, elephants and cheetahs as these are only a few of the wild animals you are about to encounter.
And now, a suggestion dedicated to families with kids: don't even think of missing Legoland. The well-known theme park will delight your children with the real-life versions of the Lego themes they love.
And, as you know, California is made for road trips! If you're not in a rush, why not jump in the car and take the highway to LA and San Francisco?