The Benefits of an Extended Stay in San Diego

There’s no two ways about it: San Diego is a fantastic place to visit. Even apart from our forever-perfect weather and endless miles of shoreline, there’s just so much to do and see here. Historic landmarks, renowned restaurants, world-class museums — “America’s Finest City” is an embarrassment of riches for the savvy traveler. And because you simply can’t see it all in a day (or even several), an extended stay in San Diego may be in order to take in everything you’d like to experience.

Considering taking a lengthy break in our neck of the woods? Here are some reasons why we think that’s a fantastic idea.


Endless Beaches

We simply can’t stress it enough: San Diego’s beaches are endless, sun-drenched, and plentiful. Thanks to the unique topography of the area, our coastline isn’t limited simply to our oceanfront beaches. We’re also a city of bays, inlets, islands, and marinas, meaning that you’re never far from R&R. So grab a book, pack a lounge chair, slather on some sunscreen, and enjoy a day or three at the beach during your extended stay. There’s no possible way you’ll regret it. Not sure where to start? Check out our previous post, “A Guide to San Diego’s Beaches.” 


Magnificent Museums

Art aficionados, culture vultures, and education enthusiasts of all types could easily make a few weeks’ vacation out of San Diego’s fantastic museums alone. Balboa Park — itself a destination you simply must visit while here — is home to 17 outstanding museums. Make sure to check out the San Diego Museum of Art, Fleet Science Center, San Diego Air & Space Museum, San Diego Natural History Museum, and many others. Not sure where to start? Check out this handy Guide to Balboa Park’s Museums courtesy of our sister hotel The Dana on Mission Bay


A Foodie Paradise

Dreaming of incredible food? Welcome to the incomparable restaurant scene in San Diego. Thanks to our melting-pot culture and close proximity to the coast, we’re known far and wide as a foodie playground. No matter what you’re craving, from pan-Asian cuisine to Mediterranean and Italian to spectacular seafood and traditional American fare, it’s all well-represented on the city’s menus. Of course, our nearness to the border means that you won’t find better or more authentic Mexican food anywhere in America. You’ll need a little extra time to sample the citywide smörgåsbord that is San Diego.


Neighborhoods of Distinction

San Diego isn’t just a single city. Our rich collection of diverse neighborhoods means that you’re really visiting dozens of places in one. Looking for entertainment and nightlife? Head for the Gaslamp Quarter. Feeling a laid-back coastal vibe? Set a course for Ocean Beach. Hungry? Little Italy has more unbeatable restaurants per block than some cities have in total. There’s really something for everyone here. Want to find your spot while you’re here? Our colleagues at The Dana on Mission Bay have come to the rescue once again — take a look at their Guide to San Diego’s Best Neighborhoods


Wet and Wild

If you’re a fan of fun out on the water, then you’ve come to the right place. San Diego’s beaches are just the beginning — the ocean beyond is vast and full of wonder. The underwater kelp forests and wildlife-rich shallows just offshore are a paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers. A fishing charter sure to have you hauling in massive trophies is only ever a phone call away. Pleasure cruises, parasailing, and whale-watching tours are also popular. And if you’d like to hop in a kayak and explore the sandstone caves of La Jolla, you’re covered there too. So “water” you waiting for? Take some time to explore!


Exceptional Accommodations

Ready to dive into everything San Diego has to offer on an extended stay? Best Western Plus Island Palms has you covered. Our central location, competitive rates, and convenient amenities (like on-site laundry, dining at Blue Wave Bar & Grill, and complimentary property-wide Wi-Fi) make us the perfect home away from home for your extended stay in San Diego. Take a look at our Special Offers page, select the package that’s right for you, and then start dreaming about all of the amazing adventures you’ll have while enjoying your time here. And if you want to stay on top of all of our exclusive travel offers, sign up for our mailing list, and become an insider!