How to Travel Solo in San Diego

Traveling alone can feel a little odd at first, but it’s a blessing in disguise when you’re in the right city. San Diego is packed with excursions, tours, sightseeing, and events to explore on your own, and sometimes travel is easier when you don’t need to compromise on your itinerary. In order to help you plan your vacation, we’ve put together some of our best tips on what to do while traveling solo in San Diego.

Where to Eat


If you’re traveling solo, you probably aren’t looking for a fancy, sit-down dinner option. Instead, casual local favorites, delicious drive-thrus, and unique food trucks may be the best option for you. Kick back with top-rated Mexican food at Miguel’s Cocina, just three minutes from Holiday Inn Bayside, or enjoy a casual burger at Hodad’s in Ocean Beach. If you’re looking for a quick bite on the go, stop at In-n-Out Burger for a delectable West Coast tradition. If you’re near the Pacific Beach boardwalk, find a spot at Baja Beach Cafe, where you can savor delicious eats, chat with friendly locals, and enjoy some people watching from the patio.

Where to Stay


Catch some z’s at the Holiday Inn San Diego Bayside during your next solo trip to San Diego. Stay in comfortable accommodations, relax poolside in our tropical oasis, and meet some friendly faces at the Bayside Bar. Start a game of pick-up ping pong by the pool, or enjoy a cool evening by one of our outdoor firepits. Our expert staff is happy to provide additional recommendations throughout your stay.

What to Do


Take advantage of your freedom during your time in San Diego. Discover the history, marine life, art, attractions, and more on guided tours and excursions around the city. Tours are a great way to meet new people while learning about the area. Join a small-group sailing excursion around the San Diego Harbor, or opt for a day at the San Diego Zoo. If you’d rather learn the history of the city, tag along on a San Diego city tour, or head to the USS Midway Museum to brush up on your maritime history.