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  1. Default Salt Lake City to San Diego

    Two of my friends and I are planning on a road trip for spring break (march 19-24) from Salt Lake City to San Diego. We are on a mediocre budget. we are already planning on driving through Las Vegas and either staying by Carlsbad or Mission Beach. Does anyone have an opinion on what beach is more fun or better for swimming? Also, does anyone have hotel suggestions for our mediocre budget?

    Thanks for any replies.

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    Tucson, AZ

    Default Your Call

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    There are several articles and posts herein that discuss how to travel on a budget, and the lower cost national motel chains (Motel 6, Budget Inns, Travelodge, Econo Lodge, Super 8 and the rest) are fairly well known. As for the better beach, that will be a personal choice. Carlsbad (home to Legoland) Beach will be more family oriented while Mission Beach is in the San Diego proper and will be more active. The swimming is not going to be that much different between the two, since they're only about 30 miles apart.


  3. Default Another budget option

    You might also check out to see if any of the beaches along there have camping and the potential reservations. For example San Onofre State Beach, about 10 miles north of Oceanside, has camping pretty close to the beach. It's not the best -- campsites are like 1/2 mile from the freeway so there's some freeway noise -- but its very reasonable price wise per night, and you can get reservations over the internet. San Onofre beach is also known as a good surfing beach. You'd have to camp --- bring a tent, sleeping bags and something to cook with -- but that's one way to stretch a budget.

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    thank you for the replies, we have found a decent and cheap hotel, so we are set with that factor.
    the only concern left is safety. are there any highways in that area that are unsafe to travel on at night, and what are the major safety concerns with long distance driving?

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