A Day in San Diego on a Budget


When you think of taking an affordable vacation, San Diego is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But we want to make it easy for you to take in all this beautiful city has to offer without breaking the bank. After all, vacations are supposed to be relaxing. So, we’ll take on the planning, with your wallet in mind, and you just sit back and relax. We’ve got it all under control.

Fuel up at Studio Diner

Nothing will kick start your day quite like a stop at Studio Diner! The name is not meant to just to be clever– the restaurant is set on the former lot of Stu Segall Productions, which was San Diego County’s largest working movie and TV studio from 1991-2010. But the diner also has its own claim to fame: It was featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” back in 2008. This 24/7 retro diner will send you back to the ‘40s with its chrome and blue neon décor as you choose from their large breakfast menu with entrees priced $7-$20 each. Pick from delicious options such as Crab Cake Eggs Benedict or El Studio, a dish of pork chorizo and scrambled eggs served with salsa and toast or tortillas for just $9.25. While you enjoy your breakfast, you can check out some of the restaurant’s behind-the-scenes movie-making equipment.

Soak in the California Sun at Mission Beach

san diego mission bayAfter breakfast, make your way to beautiful Mission Beach to spend the early afternoon underneath the California sun. It doesn’t cost a dime to stroll the Mission Beach Boardwalk, take part in a game of beach volleyball and watch surfers take on the waves. You can also checkout Belmont Park while you’re there, a small amusement park with a wooden roller coaster built in 1925. This beautiful beach is a great opportunity to snap some family photos and challenge one another to a sandcastle building contest. Loser gets buried in sand!

Pig Out at Carnitas’ Snack Shack

As lunch time nears, round up your crew and head to Carnitas’ Snack Shack, a beloved lunch spot for San Diego locals. Here you can indulge in pork-centered, American cuisine so good you won’t believe it was ordered at a counter. Featured on the Travel Channel and the New York Times, it won’t take long to realize why the trendy eatery has sparked so much attention once you bite into their delicious SnackShack Burger! Your wallet will stay just as full as your belly, with the menu prices ranging from $8-$11.

Enjoy the Coastal Breeze at Seaport Village

san diego viewAfter a delicious lunch, head on over to Seaport Village, an area the whole family will enjoy. Seaport Village is a 14-acre-waterfront shopping, dining and entertainment complex that contains 54 unique shops and 17 restaurants. Every weekend, you can catch free, live outdoor entertainment, so be sure to check out their events calendar to see which musical artist or group will be performing when you visit.

Relax at San Diego’s Oldest Tavern

After your long hike you’re probably tired. Not to worry, Waterfront is the perfect local tavern to kick back and enjoy some delicious food and drinks. Established in 1933, Waterfront opened its doors shortly after the prohibition was repealed. Today, it still prides itself in being a family-owned serving San Diegans and tourists alike. Be sure to catch the charming bar and grill’s happy hour Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm, with $5 drinks and complimentary appetizers. What’s not to love about that?

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