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Your Complete Guide To San Diego Spring Break for Families 2023

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San Diego spring break is an exciting time for families. Most people don’t associate spring break with family, but San Diego has so much to do.

Visit Beautiful Beaches

San Diego is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. While the city is known for its summertime gloom, the spring is gorgeous, allowing for plenty of sun-filled outings.

Black’s beach is a serene destination and popular surf site for more athletic types. The beach had a history of nudists, but not so much anymore. If families go first thing in the morning, they won’t encounter many people.

Moonlight State Beach is a more active area for surfers, runners, and families. The playground makes the site ideal for families with small children.

Coronado Beach is a more prominent and popular tourist location during spring break. If you don’t mind a crowd, the soft sands and calm waters make it an excellent place to find sea shells and relax for an afternoon.

San Diego has many more beaches for you and your family to enjoy. Grab some wetsuits and enjoy the warm coastal waters of the city.

Stay at a Variety of San Diego Hotels

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For a family vacation, a hotel must offer more than a place to rest your head. It must provide entertainment and access to amenities and popular locations.

The Fairmont Grand Del Mar, located in Carmel Valley, is a luxury hotel with many amenities. It sits in a central location with easy access to the I-5 freeway. The hotel also offers a kids club with half-day, full-day, and evening options.

Hotel Del Coronado, located in Coronado, is a moderate luxury hotel that offers many benefits for a lower price than the Fairmont. Coronado Beach is right in front of the hotel. Because of access and popularity, the hotel is usually busy, which may be a drawback for some families.

A quieter and more private option is the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club in the La Jolla Shores neighborhood. The hotel has a seasonal kids club and access to one of California’s few remaining private beaches.

Visit Amusement Parks and Zoos

If you want unique experiences for your spring break in San Diego, check out the world-famous San Diego Zoo. The zoo can keep a family busy all day with 100 acres of tropical gardens and more than 3.500 animals.

For more wildlife adventures, check out the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Featuring over 1,800 acres of wildlife preserve with animals from Africa and Asia roaming freely, your family can enjoy a guided tour of this unique habitat.

Your children will go insane for the 128-acre LEGOLAND California theme park. For a unique experience, you and your family can book a stay at the country’s first LEGOLAND Hotel with 250 lego-themed rooms.

Check Out a Variety of Water Sports and Activities

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When you travel to San Diego, you better love the water. You have so many options for water sports and activities with your family. Some of the most popular options include:

  • Boating
  • Surfing
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Fishing

Attend Sightseeing and Food Tours

San Diego is known for its culinary experiences and sites. The food in San Diego is a mashup of various cultures and histories, from Little Italy to Mexican fusion; your stomach will thank you when you participate in one of the many food tours in the city.

If you are more into sightseeing, consider hopping aboard a whale-watching vessel. Early March is one of the best times to see a leg of the gray whale migration from Alaska to Mexico and back.

The spring is a perfect time to schedule a family vacation to San Diego. From zoo life to migrating whales, there is much to see and experience. Talk to a tour guide in the city for more information.