Home to innumerable pristine beaches, quaint little cafes, friendly locals and a plethora of diverse attractions for all ages, San Diego is as perfect a holiday spot for the Summers as they come. Despite being a commercial hotspot, you don’t need a big, fat wallet to have a memorable time in San Diego. Here’s our itinerary on free things you can do while out and about in the city.

The Beach
With sweeping coastlines, San Diego harbors an incredible variety of beaches, all free and easily accessible by public transport to explore with the family. Safe swimming spots, picnic areas, cafes lining the coast and good surfing make it an excellent getaway with the kids. The best family-friendly beaches are Coronado Beach, Pacific Beach and Flat Rock Beach. If you want to avoid the crowds, early mornings are ideal. Head down to the beach before dawn and you will be dazzled by a pink and crimson sunrise.

The Museum of Contemporary Art

If you want to instil a love for all things art and culture in your kids, look no further than the Museum of Contemporary Art. The museum is accessible and free on the third Thursday of each month from 5 pm to 8 pm. On other days, the general admission fee is around 10 dollars and free of cost for ages 25 and under.

La Jolla Cove
The celebrated La Jolla Cove is an unmissable part of the San Diego travel experience. The charming little beach is surrounded by sandstone cliffs and myriad hues of blue, it is also famous for being one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the city. From Mon-Friday bus #30 makes several tips to and from downtown San Diego. Activities that the kids could enjoy include snorkelling- you can rent your own gear, watching the seals and bike rentals. What’s more, it won’t cost you much and you get to experience all the local sea life frolicking along the coast, up close and personal. Double whammy.

Torrey Pines State Reserve
Want to witness San Diego from the very top? One of the wildest, most expansive stretches along the Southern California coast, the hiking trails along the Torrey Pines State Reserve offer spectacular cliffside views of the Pacific Ocean. Popular trails include the Brief Guy Fleming Trail and the Razor Point Trail. Keep in mind that the cliffs can be a bit unstable so its advised to stick closer to the shore.

Old Town
Old Town- the historic heart of San Diego, has a tremendous variety to offer to the family looking for a holistic travel experience on a budget. Take in the sights and sounds of local food, shopping for souvenirs and history while you wander freely along the colourful streets. The variety is hard to beat with several Mexican restaurants, the most popular being Barra Barra and Cafe Coyote Y Cantina. You can also enjoy traditional Mexican cuisine at Fiesta De Reyes prepared by the finest chefs. The SOHO museum shop offers local souvenirs to take home while The Covered Wagon is a great stop if you like traditional Indian jewelry and art.