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San Diego Travel Guide

Planning a trip to San Diego, California? There are so many fun activities, amazing restaurants, and gorgeous views waiting for you.

 San Diego is a hot vacation spot if you’re looking for sunshine and great food. And it also happens to be the perfect destination for large groups: the southern California area has plenty of event venues and activities that are perfectly suited for large numbers of people. So it’s no surprise that San Diego is often full of corporate retreats, wedding parties, bachelor parties and more.

 If you’re planning your own group trip to San Diego, then look no further than this guide. We’ll help you find the perfect restaurants, hotels, and activities – and then offer up some tips on how to get everyone there on time and in style.

Things To Do in San Diego

San Diego Interstate sign in front of sunset

Whether you’re traveling with your extended family, work fam, or a bachelorette party, there’s so much in store for you in the San Diego area. Here are just a few of the top tourist attractions that should be on your short list.

 San Diego Zoo

Long considered one of the best zoos in the country, the San Diego Zoo will not disappoint. The zoo is a great place to spend an afternoon, and it’s an amazing experience for people of all ages – not just the kiddos in the crowd.

Book your tickets in advance so you can make sure everyone in your party can get in at the same time. And if you’re really committed to getting up close to the wildlife, then consider one of the unique zoo experiences like the Cat Tour or a private, guided walk-through of the grounds.

 The San Diego Zoo is an absolute crowd-pleaser. Not surprisingly, it’s often at the top of everyone’s list when they visit southern California for the first time.


Maybe you haven’t had your fill of animal encounters, even after stopping by the zoo. Up next: SeaWorld.

 SeaWorld is unlike any aquarium in the world. You’ll see manta rays, sea lions, dolphins, and more. SeaWorld is staffed with experts in the field who are passionate about educating visitors all about the sea life. Once you’ve seen all the sea critters, you can check out the amusement park rides. And as an added bonus, SeaWorld is located along the shoreline, so you’ll get to breathe in the actual ocean air while you visit.

 SeaWorld is a can’t-miss tourist activity, and it’s entertaining for groups of all sizes and ages.

 USS Midway Museum

Of course there’s an attraction for the history buffs in your crowd. But this is no ordinary museum experience.

 Located at Navy Pier, this museum is an actual aircraft carrier. You’ll board the ship and meander through a number of fascinating exhibits. The USS Midway is full of interactive displays and photo-ops.

 South Mission Beach

If you’re planning a group trip to California, you might overlook the beach. After all, there’s so much to see and do in the San Diego area. But a beach day could be the perfect respite in between museums, hiking, zoos, and meals out on the town.

 The beaches of California are notoriously breathtaking, and this one is no exception. No matter what time of day you visit, this beach offers endless views of sand, sea, and sky in every direction. Take in the ocean air and palm trees for a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of activities.

San Diego's Balboa Park in San Diego California at sunset

 Balboa Park

Balboa Park comes with a number of beautiful walking paths and gardens. But it’s also much more than just a park.

 The Balboa Park houses the San Diego Zoo as well as other museums and venues. You can easily spend an entire day walking the park and checking out the many attractions within it. That’s why this is a great stop for any large group: some people can spend the day biking through the lush greenery, while others check out a play and others hit the zoo. Be sure to make a stop at Balboa Park, and plan to spend several hours there.

Where to Eat

Whether you’re looking for authentic Mandarin Chinese or classic comfort food, one thing’s for sure: you won’t go hungry in San Diego.

 Addison Restaurant

You’re on vacation, right? So try a Michelin-star restaurant.

 One of the most notable restaurants in San Diego, Addison may be the most memorable meal you have in the Golden State. Just be sure to call ahead and make reservations in advance, especially if you need to accommodate more than 5 people.Tables at this renowned  restaurant are always in high demand.

 Wei Wei

Your trip won’t be complete until you try one of the best Chinese joints in the city. Whether you dine in or order takeout for lunch, you can’t go wrong with the delectable salt and pepper shrimp or chicken chop suey. There’s something for everyone here, so it’s perfect for large groups.


If sushi is more your jam, then try Poseidon. This famous local restaurant offers fresh seafood along with stunning ocean views. It’s sure to be a favorite among your whole group.

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 Getting Around: San Diego Bus Rentals

Clearly, there are a lot of attractions and restaurants you have to check out while you’re in San Diego. Now, you just have to figure out a way to get everyone there and back to their hotel.

 Public transportation in San Diego is an option, but it can be somewhat unreliable and difficult for a large group to navigate. Individual rideshare vehicles are often expensive, and may not be the right fit for a large group.

 If you’re traveling with more than 10-15 people, then a San Diego bus rental is the easiest way to get around San Diego. A private bus or minibus allows you to set your own schedule. You can make sure everyone is picked up and dropped off at the same time, and you can rest assured that you’ll get a clean, safe vehicle that can accommodate everyone.

 Reserve Your Charter Bus

You’ve invested time and energy into planning out every aspect of this trip. So don’t leave your transportation up to chance. Call Motor Coach West to request a quote for your private charter bus. We’ll partner with you one-on-one to make sure you select the right vehicle for your needs. We can’t wait to see you in San Diego!

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