A little ingenuity and research are
all it takes to live it up in San Diego,
even with limited funds. Many of
the city’s best things are free, and
a wealth of easy-on-the-wallet
eateries and hospitable hotels await.
Enjoy the rich beauty of Coronado
Island without breaking the bank at
Crown City Inn (520 Orange Avenue).
The budget-friendly Old Town Inn (4444
Pacific Highway) is walking distance to the
action in Old Town State Park. Rodeway
Inn Mission Valley (5399 Adobe Falls Road)
is centrally located, clean and cheap.
Affordable luxury defines The Lafayette
Hotel (2223 El Cajon Boulevard)—share
a full-kitchen, two-bedroom charming
bungalow with friends for an excellent
deal. Town and Country Hotel (500 Hotel
Circle North) boasts a Mediterranean-style
spa, preferred tee times for local golf and
Whether in an RV or tent, this
recreational preserve has seven lakes,
ideal for fishing, picnics, bird-watching, boating and biking.
910 Fanita Parkway, Santee
Pio Pico Campground
Pitch a tent, hook up your RV or rent a
cabin at this 180-acre playground that
offers swimming, biking, ATV trails and
easy access to San Diego’s attractions.
14615 Otay Lakes Road, Jamul
San Elijo State
Tuck into your sleeping bag and drift
off to the sounds of the crashing surf
at this seaside spot in the charming
coastal town of Encinitas.
2500 S. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas
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Saunter on over to
Brazen BBQ Smokehouse
(441 Washington Street) for
Texas Tuesday and Wild
Wing Wednesday dinner
specials and icy brews.
Savor Thai peanut noodles
or a beef kimchi burrito
at East Village Asian Diner
(628 S. Coast Highway 101).
Hit the Happy Hour fiesta
at Casa Guadalajara (4105 Taylor Street) for Margs and their
complimentary street food buffet. Raise a glass of Guinness at
The Field Irish Pub (544 Fifth Avenue) and enjoy gastrofare like
fish and chips and hearty beef stew.
Stroll sprawling Liberty Station (2640 Historic
Decatur Road) where art, shopping, culture
and exciting eateries all intersect. Go out
midweek with San Diego Whale Watch
(1717 Quivira Road) and save on Two-for-
One Tuesdays, Military Mondays or Kids
Half-Off Wednesdays. For the insider’s
scoop on San Diego, Tour Guide Tim
offers insightful and entertaining city or
coastal tours (858-412-0846).
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