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What Should I Wear on My Vacation in San Diego?

If you’re planning a vacation to San Diego, get ready to enjoy spectacular beaches, a beautiful Mediterranean climate, and a world-famous surfer culture. San Diego is a big city with a laid-back beach vibe, so think cool, casual, comfortable, and coastal when you’re choosing what to wear when you visit. If hanging out at the beach isn’t your cup of tea, there are plenty of other fun things to do, like checking out the city’s incredible museums, art galleries, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo. Sandals, shorts, jeans, and hoodies are what you’ll see most people wearing here, so unless you’re feeling like a fancy night out, you’ll never have to get dressed up. If you aren’t sure which wardrobe items to bring with you, the friendly staff from Sunrise Inn, one of the most comfortable and welcoming San Diego hotels, recommend packing these items for your vacation.

Sunglasses, Sunscreen, & a Hat

San Diego has more than 260 days of sunshine during the year, so make sure to bring your shades and sunscreen for protection from the UV rays. Even on cloudy days, which are more common during spring and winter, sunscreen will still be necessary to protect yourself from sunburn when you’re strolling on the beach or walking around the downtown area. Use sunscreen that has an SPF of at least 30, and reapply it at regular intervals throughout the day. For even more sun protection, wear a hat, ideally one with a large brim that covers your face and neck.

Swimwear, Shorts, & Lightweight Tops

There’s no shortage of ways to have fun in the sun while you’re vacationing in San Diego. From swimming and surfing at the beach to strolling through the incredible botanical gardens at Balboa Park, you’ll find yourself outdoors a lot, and even in the fall and winter, the daytime temperatures can be quite mild. Shorts and lightweight tops such as t-shirts, tank tops, and polos are perfect items to bring, and if you get a bit chilly, it’s simple to throw on a long-sleeved shirt or hoodie over your tank top or tee. 

Jeans & a Light Jacket

Nighttime temperatures in the fall and winter can dip into the 40s and 50s, so make sure to bring jeans and a light jacket, sweater, or hoodie. San Diego’s temperate weather during these seasons means you’re likely to see a mix of warmer sunny days and days that are more crisp and cool. If you’ll be visiting during winter, layering is the way to go. You can wear shorts during the day and slip on your favorite pair of jeans and a cozy cardigan or soft hoodie as the sun goes down.

Comfortable Footwear

You’ll probably do a lot of walking, hiking, and adventuring during your vacation in San Diego, so pack shoes that’ll keep your feet happy everywhere from the downtown streets to the beach and the bluffs on the coastline. Pack sandals or flip-flops if you’re going to enjoy some beach time. Sneakers are ideal for exploring San Diego’s many vibrant neighborhoods and attractions, from the Gaslamp Quarter to the zoo and surrounding Balboa Park. San Diego also has a number of spectacular trails for hiking and walking, so if you’d like to experience the area’s natural beauty on foot, bring along a pair of hiking boots.

Packing clothes for various weather conditions and fun activities will help you be perfectly prepared for your trip to San Diego. No matter when you visit, you’ll want to stay for a while, so reserve your room today at Sunrise Inn San Diego. When they’re looking for comfortable and affordable hotels near downtown San Diego, visitors will be amazed by our unbeatable rates as well as our spacious rooms, stunning views of the harbor, and proximity to the most popular attractions in America’s Finest City. Call one of our friendly staff members today at (619) 223-5544 to make your reservation.