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How to Chillax Around San Diego on a Budget or for Free

Are you on a budget but wanted to explore top San Diego tourist attractions on a budget? San Diego in the coast of California is known for its chillaxing vibe, beaches, parks, and sunny weather. The comfortable ambiance and laid-back style make you want to break away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan.

Wear your sandals and your best tropical wear clothing and chillax with all its delectable eats, deluge of arts and culture, and the soft inviting waves by the beach. Here are the things to do in San Diego.

Head to one of San Diego’s many beaches

You don’t need to pay a dime to visit the beach. San Diego has free beaches to swim, or surf, or hang out to. You can just simply relax, read a book, or catch a picnic with friends and family.

Top beaches to visit:

  1. Torrey Pines State Beach
  2. Coronado Beach
  3. La Jolla Shores
  4. Ocean Beach
  5. Mission Beach

Revisit the city’s history and culture

Stop by Old Town and see how San Diego came to be. There are tons of historic buildings, including the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego, Estudillo House, Seeley Stables, and the blacksmith shop. There are also a couple of Mexican restaurants, boutique shops, and art galleries in Old Town.

Top historical tours to do:

  1. Old Town San Diego State Historical Park
  2. San Diego Natural History Museum
  3. San Diego Museum of Man
  4. Old Point Loma Lighthouse
  5. Liberty Station
  6. Whaley House Museum
  7. Old Mission Dam
  8. Old Globe Theatre
  9. Mormon Battalion Historic Site
  10. Maritime Museum of San Diego

Cruising in San Diego’s sunset views

What’s the best way to cruise around San Diego and soak in the summer sunset? Driving by the city’s coastal views and scenic routes will help you relax and take in the Cali ambiance. If you don’t have a car you can always rent one in multiple pick-up locations, various car rental companies, and airport, like https://www.autoprio.com/en-usa-san-diego-airport-san/. You can easily pick up the car at the airport on arrival.

You can get around the city in one day for just about $15 to $45 depending on the rented car – budget, luxury, compact, sedans, or SUVs.

Bask in the great outdoors and commune with nature

Why not relax by the greeneries and restful cultivated areas such as the Balboa Park? Its Botanical House stock over 2,000 plants and is fronted by an aesthetic pond with displays of lilies.

Other outdoor adventures:

  1. San Diego Zoo for a closer venture with the animals
  2. Embarcadero for whale watching
  3. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve
  4. Sunset Cliffs Natural Park
  5. Point Loma Tide Pools
  6. Pacific Surfliner
  7. Mission Trails Regional Park

Biking or riding at scenic routes

San Diego has an excellent biking culture throughout the beaches, roadway paths, and planned stations. You can take your wheels to Mission Bay Park, Coronado Beach, or at the silver strand. If you don’t have a bike, you can rent one for $5 in nearby stalls.

If you want to ride in San Diego’s scenic routes, we suggest going to these points:

  1. Point Loma (5.5 miles)
  2. Pacific Beach (3 miles)
  3. Ocean Beach (2.4 miles)
  4. Embarcadero (7.1 miles)
  5. La Jolla (7 miles)

Eating Mexican food

If you can’t get to Mexico, you can find your chili grub at Old Town, Embarcadero, or San Diego Bay. We can’t exactly pinpoint where the best Mexican food is, but make sure to grab a bite of fish tacos, carne asada, or enchiladas around.

For restaurants, why not drop by:

  1. Café Coyote
  2. Puesto
  3. Lolita’s Restaurant
  4. Taco Stand La Jolla
  5. Las Cuatro Milpas