Discover Things to Do in Downtown San Diego on Vacation

Located in North County San Diego, Beachfront Only Oceanside Vacation Rentals offers an impressive array of beach homes just 30 minutes from Downtown San Diego. Our rentals offer the perfect slice of beachfront bliss just a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Make the short drive to the city and check out the attractions downtown along the Embarcadero waterfront, the Gaslamp Quarter, and Little Italy. Discover the top things to do in Downtown San Diego, then return to your vacation home in North County to unwind in the quaint coastal towns of Oceanside, Encinitas, or Carlsbad. 

Stroll the Embarcadero

Start your journey downtown along the Embarcadero waterfront, curling along scenic San Diego Bay.  

-Stroll along the waterfront and engage with public art

-Shop for souvenirs at Seaport Village, offering over 50 shops along the waterfront. 

-Climb aboard the USS Midway Museum ships and tour the longest-serving US Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. 

-Learn all about local maritime heritage at the Maritime Museum and explore an impressive collection of historic ships. 

-Hit the water and explore San Diego Bay with SEAL Tours, or take a ferry to Coronado with Flagship Cruises.

Discover History in the Gaslamp Quarter

Explore the historic Gaslamp Quarter, the heart and soul of downtown San Diego. Gaslamp is the best place for entertainment downtown, featuring over 180 restaurants, 50 bars, and ten nightclubs. 

-Visit popular bars and nightlife spots like Toro Nightclub, Parq, Gaslamp Tavern, and Werewolf. 

-The Gaslamp Quarter is a culinary paradise where you can find a wide variety of mouthwatering restaurants.

-Inspire the kids through art and creativity at the New Children’s Museum.

-Attend a San Diego Padres baseball game at Petco Park.

Visit Little Italy

Make your way to the vibrant Little Italy neighborhood just north of downtown and explore patio cafes, restaurants, pubs, art galleries, and shops. 

-Find delicious food at the new Little Italy food hall, featuring six food stations in an open-air setting.

-Check out the weekly Little Italy Mercato Farmers Market for farm-fresh produce, eggs, meat, nuts, fish, bread, and more. 

North County Vacation Rentals 30 Minutes from Downtown San Diego

Book your stay with Beachfront Only Oceanside Vacation Rentals and stay in close proximity to California’s major attractions. Plan a day trip and discover the best things to do in downtown San Diego, or take the kids to Disneyland in Anaheim. There are endless adventures at your fingertips when you stay at our vacation rentals in Oceanside, Encinitas, or Carlsbad. Book your stay with us today and experience the allure of sunny Southern California for your next vacation!