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San Diego West

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Book a car rental in San Diego and enjoy the sights of southern California. VroomVroomVroom partners with leading suppliers in the region to provide you with affordable car hire, such as Avis, Enterprise, Hertz and Budget. We can help you take advantage of the best car rental deals so you can enjoy your trip to San Diego.

San Diego is a sunny city located on the beautiful Pacific coast. The city is home to a variety of parks, gardens, museums and great restaurants. Explore more of California, and see the surrounding canyons and incredible landscapes. VroomVroomVroom also compares car rental from San Diego International Airport.

Reasons to book car hire in San Diego with VroomVroomVroom

VroomVroomVroom can help you find the perfect car rental in San Diego so you can explore this popular region. Here are a few reasons to book your hire car with us: 

  1. Lowest prices: VroomVroomVroom gives you access to the lowest prices on car rental in San Diego. Our team have negotiated deals with top car hire companies to ensure that you get a great price. 
  2. Easy booking system: Our user-friendly booking system is easy to navigate, and lets you reserve a rental car in minutes. Simply fill in the search form above and start comparing the best deals.
  3. Airport location: VroomVroomVroom also offers car rental at San Diego International Airport, located about three miles northwest of downtown. San Diego International is a busy, single-runway airport that caters to around 550 daily arrivals. It offers flights to Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom. It is just 15 miles from Tijuana on the Mexican border. 
  4. No hidden fees: When you use VroomVroomVrom to find an affordable San Diego car rental you will not be charged any hidden fees. If your plans change, we also do not charge any cancellation or modification fees. 
  5. Customer care: Our skilled customer care team is happy to assist you with your San Diego car rental. Contact us via phone, email or live chat if you have any questions. 

Driving Tips in San Diego

If you are picking up your hire car from San Diego International, you will find rental car reservation boards near baggage claim in both terminals. During peak arrival times major car rental providers keep shuttles waiting outside the terminals. In San Diego around 200 canyons create gaps between segments of the town. The city is quite hilly, and can be challenging to navigate at times. 

There is a lot to see around San Diego. Plan your route in advance, and prepare for longer journeys if you are traveling interstate. San Diego is located just under two hours from Los Angeles via the I-5 N. It is a 30 minute drive to the Mexican border from the city, but be aware that a lot of car rental companies do not allow their cars to be taken into Mexico. 

Here are some more useful information about San Diego

San Diego is a city in Southern California on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. It is the second-largest California city and was the first site on the United States' western coastline visited by European explorers. Home to over 1.3 million people, San Diego is a city known for its gorgeous beaches, its association with the United States Navy, and for its adjacency to the U.S.-Mexico border at Tijuana – a popular Mexican tourist town. If you're planning to be in San Diego, and you've used VroomVroomVroom to book your rental car in advance, you might take it for an afternoon or weekend trip and spend some time in Tijuana!

Other visitors to San Diego may prefer to stay in the city for fun, such as a National Football League game at Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers! The city is also home to Major League Baseball's San Diego Padres, and you can drive your rental car San Diego for a fun afternoon or night game at Petco Park.

San Diego was once called “the tuna capital of the world” as it was home to many American tuna fishing and canning operations for about 70 years (ending in the early 1980s). Now it's not about the tuna, it's all about the tourists – tourism is a major industry, thanks to the city's warm and sunny climate, plenty of beaches, and attractions like the San Diego Zoo and SeaWorld San Diego.

Comic-Con is an annual convention that attracts tens of thousands to the city, and other annual events like the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament and November's San Diego Beer Week – featuring the local craft beer brewing industry – attract thousands more. If you're in the city during one of these events, you'll be glad you booked your San Diego car rental in advance using VroomVroomVroom, getting the best deal and the best selection for yourself and your family or associates. More than 30 million visitors were drawn to San Diego in 2009, spending around $15 billion in the area. The San Diego Convention Center hosted 68 major conventions and trade shows that year!

5 Things to Do in San Diego

San Diego is one of California's most popular destinations for many reasons. Large amusement parks, a world- renowned zoo and its many beaches and parks offer everything needed for the perfect vacation for everyone!

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1. The San Diego Zoo- The San Diego Zoo is one of the world's most famous zoos, housing 4,000 animals and 800 rare and exotic species. Popular zoo activities include a three mile guided bus tour, a children's petting zoo, sky tram and baby animal nursery. One of the most popular exhibits is a family of Giant Pandas.

2. Legoland Amusement Park- Relive childhood by going to Legoland amusement park. This 128 acre theme park featuring over 40 activities and rides that are "kid powered" where kids push, pull, steer, pedal, squirt, climb, or build.

3. Sea World- San Diego's Sea World is one of the city's most popular attractions. Sea World's highly acclaimed show features Shamu the killer whale and many other aquatic animals (above). Another popular attraction is the Journey to Atlantis ride, which drops riders over a 60 foot hill into the water below. You can find it at 500 Sea World Drive, San Diego.

4. Balboa Park- Balboa Park is the largest urban park in the nation. Within the park there are many attractions, such as the San Diego Air and Space Museum, the Museum of Art, and Automotive Museum. Eight gardens also surround the park for guests to visit and enjoy.

5. San Diego's Old Town- This place showcases the city's past with historic buildings, including the blacksmith shop, Seeley Stables, Stewart House, Estudillo House and the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego. It's worth a visit if you're a history buff.

Luscious San Diego is a happy medium if you're on a relaxing holiday and don't want to spend too much time in hectic Los Angeles. To be a true traveller, however, you'll need to see it all. Rent a car to and from these cities to enjoy both at their best.

5 Things You Must Do in San Diego West

San Diego (West) is situated in the western part of the County. The city has been named as one of the major economic centers and is a booming center for agriculture, computer sciences, software development, telecommunications and tourism related industries.

1. Pay a visit to Hillcrest: This is a neighborhood well known for its diverse and localized businesses. Hillcrest is also the commercial home to San Diego's gay and lesbian population.

2. Take a trip to University Heights: This area is one of San Diego's oldest communities and is filled with a very fine array of restaurants, coffee shops, boutiques and has a large recreational park.

3. Enjoy the relaxing pace at Ocean Beach: This is a small, sleepy, unpretentious beach community with a collection of antique stores, bars, and restaurants. This quaint beach town, home to many artists and musicians, prides itself on being one of the few places left in the county where the majority of its shops are privately owned and managed.

4. Enjoy leisure time at North Park: This area is a mixed neighborhood of architectural styles and consists of many art galleries, antiques stores and restaurants. It also has a theater which is the home of Lyric Opera, San Diego, a local performing arts group.

5. Check out Linda Vista: This community has been a major influence in San Diego since 1940 when government agencies housed its workers related to the air-craft industry under a government project. The area is home of the very first mall-type shopping center in the United States, dedicated by Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. 

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Top depots in San Diego
  • Avis Downtown San Diego Car RentalAvis Downtown San Diego - 1670 Kettner Blvd, Suite 1, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise Exotic Car Collection Car RentalEnterprise Exotic Car Collection - 7993 Balboa Ave, San Diego, CA. 92111
  • Enterprise Kearny Mesa Car RentalEnterprise Kearny Mesa - 7993 Balboa Avenue, San Diego, CA. 92111
  • Enterprise Convention Center - Sd Car RentalEnterprise Convention Center - Sd - 111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA. 76116
  • Hertz Manchester Grand Hyatt Car RentalHertz Manchester Grand Hyatt - 1 Market Place, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Avis Mission Valley - Town & Country Resort Car RentalAvis Mission Valley - Town & Country Resort - 500 Hotel Circle N, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Budget Kearny Mesa Ca Car RentalBudget Kearny Mesa Ca - 7815 Balboa Avenue, Kearny Mesa, San Diego, CA. 92111
  • Budget San Diego Car RentalBudget San Diego - 2745 Otay Pacific Dr, Crossborderxpress, Cincinnati, CA. 45255
  • Hertz San Diego - Downtown San Diego HLE Car RentalHertz San Diego - Downtown San Diego HLE - 1120 West Laurel Street, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise Point Loma Car RentalEnterprise Point Loma - 2740 Lytton Street, San Diego, CA. 92110
  • Hertz Kearney Mesa Car RentalHertz Kearney Mesa - 8039 Balboa Avenue, Suite B, Kearny Mesa, CA. 92111
  • Enterprise Downtown San Diego Car RentalEnterprise Downtown San Diego - 900 F St Ste 167, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise Hotel Circle Car RentalEnterprise Hotel Circle - 950 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Avis Downtown San Diego - Broadway & 7th Ave Car RentalAvis Downtown San Diego - Broadway & 7th Ave - 640 Broadway, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise Mira Mesa Car RentalEnterprise Mira Mesa - 6620 Mira Mesa Boulevard, San Diego, CA. 92121
  • Hertz Crowne Plaza San Diego Car RentalHertz Crowne Plaza San Diego - 2270 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Enterprise Mission Valley Car RentalEnterprise Mission Valley - 1333 Camino Del Rio South #101, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Avis Cross Border Xpress (CBX) Car RentalAvis Cross Border Xpress (CBX) - 2745 Otay Pacific Drive, San Diego, CA. 92154
  • Hertz Marvin K Brown Car RentalHertz Marvin K Brown - 1441 Camino Del Rio South, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Hertz Toyota San Diego Car RentalHertz Toyota San Diego - 5910 Mission Gorge Rd Ste 600, San Diego, CA. 92120
  • Avis Midway District Car RentalAvis Midway District - 2790 Kurtz Street, Suite 1, San Diego, CA. 92110
  • Enterprise Exotic Car San_Ody Car RentalEnterprise Exotic Car San_Ody - 3355 Admiral Boland Way, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Enterprise Miramar Car RentalEnterprise Miramar - 5810 Miramar Road, San Diego, CA. 92121
  • Enterprise Miramar East Car RentalEnterprise Miramar East - 9292 Miramar Rd # 28, San Diego, CA. 92126
  • Enterprise Rancho Bernardo Car RentalEnterprise Rancho Bernardo - 11635 Iberia Pl, San Diego, CA. 92128
  • Enterprise Little Italy Car RentalEnterprise Little Italy - 2305 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Hertz John Hine Pontiac Car RentalHertz John Hine Pontiac - 1545 Camino Del Rio S, San Diego, CA. 92108
  • Enterprise Hilton Sd Bayfront Car RentalEnterprise Hilton Sd Bayfront - 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA. 92101
  • Hertz Se Auto Body Car RentalHertz Se Auto Body - 2175 Hancock St, San Diego, CA. 92110
  • Enterprise Pacific Beach East Car RentalEnterprise Pacific Beach East - 2780 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA. 92109
  • Enterprise College Car RentalEnterprise College - 3851 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA. 92105
  • Budget Rancho Bernardo Ca Car RentalBudget Rancho Bernardo Ca - 16558 Bernardo Center Drive, Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA. 92128
  • Enterprise North Island Base Car RentalEnterprise North Island Base - Nas N. Island Nex Bldg. 484, San Diego, CA. 92135
  • Enterprise 32Nd Street Naval Base Car RentalEnterprise 32Nd Street Naval Base - Nex Naval Stn Fleetstore #3301, San Diego, CA. 92136
  • Enterprise Miramar Marine Corp Base Car RentalEnterprise Miramar Marine Corp Base - Main Exchange, Bldg 2660, 45233 Antares Drive, San Diego, CA. 92145
  • Budget Carmel Valley / Del Mar Car RentalBudget Carmel Valley / Del Mar - 3890 Valley Center Dr Ste 106, Piazza Carmel Shopping Centre, San Diego, CA. 92130
  • Budget San Diego Town And Ctry Hotel Car RentalBudget San Diego Town And Ctry Hotel - 500 Hotel Circle North, Mission Valley Town & Country, San Diego, CA. 92108
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