So you have a layover in SAN…

If you’re looking for ways to pass the time during your layover in San Diego, you’re in luck! San Diego’s international airport has one of the weirdest designs but also comforts; it’s in the middle of it all. With plenty of attractions and activities right next to the airport, San Diego is the perfect city for travelers with limited time. Whether you want to explore the city, relax in nature, or just grab a bite to eat, there are plenty of great options to choose from. In this post, we’ll go over the best things to do in SAN if you have a layover.

San Diego Bay” by y6y6y6 is licensed under CC BY 2.0 

Sail in the Bay

If you have a long layover in SAN, why not spend the day exploring the city from the Bay? 

Take a two-hour sail with Sea Monkey Adventures and take in the sights of the city from the bay. Not only can you take in all the sites like the USS Midway, The Star of India, The Coronado Bridge, and the Pacific Ocean, but we are located 5 minutes away from SAN international airport. If desired, you can take a break from sitting on an airplane cabin and take a relaxing breezy break to give your legs a stretch. Not only that but free drinks and snacks are provided on board! And if you have trouble getting from the airport to the harbor, our crew can come and pick you up from the airport and drop you back if desired just call or text us at +1-619-800-4681 or email us

NCL cruise ship Norwegian Sun” by Roderick Eime is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Visit Hotel del Coronado

Experience history and grandeur at Hotel del Coronado, built in 1888 as a Victorian-style beach resort and one of the last remaining wooden structures of its kind in the US. A stroll along Coronado Shores Beach or South Beach with its distinctive golden hue from high levels of mica in the sand, is a great way to start your adventure. Don’t miss the works of art crafted by the Sandcastle Man – these amazing pieces offer an amazing amount of detail and are perfect for capturing your trip. Afterward, head back to the hotel for some shopping and dining. Enjoy your time on Coronado Island and make lasting memories just 25 minutes from the airport.

Take the Ferry

If you’re stuck at the airport with a long layover and looking for something to do in San Diego, consider taking the Coronado Ferry. This 15-minute ride connects downtown San Diego to Coronado Island and is a popular activity for tourists. The scenery on the ferry ride alone is breathtaking, and you can introduce your kids to the water. There are also several restaurants at the ferry landing that offer delicious food and snacks, such as Village Pizzeria. It’s a great way to spend time during your layover.

A day on a catamaran” by Ian Usher is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

Check out Liberty Station

Liberty Station was formerly a Naval Training Center located near the airport. It has since been repurposed as a retail, restaurant and entertainment space. 

The Former Mess Hall has been transformed into a hip dining area with 22 food stalls. You’ll find almost everything left near its original state, with murals painted by artists and naval recruits still on the upper walls. There are also plenty of local sellers of crafts, clothes, and jewelry. 

Also be sure to grab a bite at Con Pane, it’s only a 10 minute drive from SAN airport. Their bread is very rich in flavors and their sandwiches are the best!

MV Adventure Hornblower” by Bill Word  is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 

Explore Balboa Park

If you’re looking for a peaceful and vibrant place to explore, then Balboa Park is the perfect spot only 20 minutes from SAN international airport. This renowned city park has everything you could possibly want; from lush gardens, a variety of museums and art galleries, the world-famous San Diego Zoo, and plenty of outdoor activities such as tennis and golf. 

Built for the 1915-1916 Panama-California Exposition, you’ll get to experience a taste of San Diego’s cultural history. Whether you want to stroll around in the picturesque scenery or try something new, Balboa Park has it all!

Welcome to San Diego!

We hope it’s been a good flight and we hope to sea you afloat soon!

– San Diego’s Sea Monkey