San Diego is a prime example that laid-back vibes don’t necessarily mean laid-back costs. As a year-round destination, the sunshiny west coast city is notoriously pricey. But it’s beachy charm, fun-loving mood, and delicious tacos still make it worth it. You’re not cheap San Diego, and I’m not even mad.
You can still have that kicked-back, chilled-out SoCal experience without spending all of your money, you just need to know where to go — there are even hidden nooks where free exists. Here’s how to MacGyver your money while exploring the San Diego area. And yes: there will be tacos.