Why You Should Consider Travel Nursing in San Diego

San Diego being the 2nd largest city in California, known for its temperate climate, beautiful beaches & plentiful parks. The combination of natural wonders and urban amenities make it the perfect destination for travel nurses, with this you can also enjoy city’s nightlife, museums and restaurants, unwind from work with a day at the beach across Mexico border. San Diego should be at the top of your list for travel nursing locations.

Posted by Kelly on February 05, 2019

Don’t Miss These San Diego Food Experiences

Not only does San Diego have one of the best food scenes in California, it has one of the best in the country. If you are looking to experience some local cuisine, there is plenty to choose from at a variety of price points.

One of the best ways to get to know the city and its restaurants is to sign up for the Brothels, Bites and Booze Tour. This excursion will take you through the Gaslamp Quarter, which is one the city’s most energetic neighborhoods. As you eat and drink your way through the Quarter, you will learn some interesting history while sampling amazing food and drink offerings. It is a great way to meet new people and make the most of your time.

San Diego’s proximity to the border has allowed for a cross-pollination of culinary styles. You don’t have to leave the country to experience food that highlights traditional Mexican cooking techniques and recipes. No trip to San Diego would be complete without sampling some of the area’s taco shops. While everyone has their personal favorite, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to ¡SALUD!. Not only are the tacos delicious, the restaurant provides a fun and festive atmosphere that adds to the dining experience.

If you are in the mood to treat yourself and experience some fine dining, Island Prime offers the best in local seafood dishes and a waterfront location that offers spectacular views of the San Diego skyline and bay. The interior is gorgeous, but you can’t beat the outdoor dining area, so try to snag a table outside. When it comes to the menu, you can choose from seafood dishes like steamed local mussels and gigantic white prawns or opt for the turf section and enjoy a delicious steak. While dishes can exceed $60, most are within the $15 -$25 range so you enjoy a world-class meal and breathtaking scenery without breaking the bank.

Must Visit Attractions in San Diego

Balboa Park

Balboa Park is also known as the “cultural heart of San Diego” and is a must visit attraction. This historic urban park is the largest in America and includes 17 museums, acres of gardens, the world-renowned San Diego Zoo and plenty of shops, restaurants and events.

There is so much to see that you will need a few days just to scratch the surface. Some highlights include: the San Diego History Center, the San Diego Automotive Museum and several art museums. The Park is also home to some more niche museums, including the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, the WorldBeat Center and the future Comic-Con Museum, which is slated to open in 2020.

Coronado Island

Coronado Island is another San Diego landmark that is worth at least a few day trips. If you are looking to experience some great views of the bay and spend some time in nature, Coronado offers plenty to do along with easy access to shopping and restaurants.

There are a wide range of ways to tour the island. A 10-mile bike tour will take you past many of the island’s landmark locations or you can hit the water in a kayak or on a paddleboard. You can even rent a segway or simply take a relaxing ride on the trolley tour. No matter how you choose to explore the island, be sure to carve out some time to visit the Hotel del Coronado. This Victorian style hotel has been around for 120 years and has hosted some of Hollywood’s most iconic celebrities.

Get Outdoors in San Diego

Spending some time outdoors is a great way to destress from the demands of being a travel nurse. Not only does San Diego offer great weather year-round, it is also home to some beautiful parks. Mission Trails Regional Park is another massive urban park in the city that covers 7,200 acres of land and includes miles of hiking trails. To enjoy a view that includes downtown San Diego, Mexico and Coronado Island, take the Cowles Mountain trail. This three-mile trail will help you get some exercise and get to know the landscape a little better.

The Cabrillo National Monument provides another great spot to go for a short hike, learn more about the history of the area and enjoy a day outdoors. You can visit the 161-year-old lighthouse and experience more stunning views of the San Diego Bay. It also provides the perfect spot to do some whale watching as the gray whales begin to migrate in the winter. Take a picnic basket and spend the day exploring this historic park.

Housing for Travel Nurses in San Diego

As a large city with a lot of local hospitals, San Diego offers plenty of travel nurse jobs... but after those jobs are filled, now it’s time to dig into travel nurse housing options as well! Whether you are in the market for a single room with shared common spaces or you are looking for a full house or apartment to yourself, you will be able to find the right space to fit your needs and your budget. Here is a quick look at some available properties from Furnished Finder / Travel Nurse Housing:

This townhouse property is perfect for sharing with other travel nurses. It includes 2 bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms and plenty of common space. You can enjoy fully furnished amenities and a modern interior decor that is cool and airy. The home allows in plenty of natural light and includes high speed internet, washer and dryer and a spacious balcony for enjoying the weather.

Perhaps best of all, it is located just 5 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from the beach and less than 2 miles from five major hospitals, including: Aspire Center, Scripps Mercy Hospital and the Kaiser Foundation Hospital San Diego.

If you want to save as much money as possible during your time as a travel nurse, there are some more economical housing choices that still offer a long list of amenities and close proximity to work. This room rental is just one example a more affordable option. Tenants will enjoy access to their own bedroom and bathroom along with a full kitchen, WiFi, washer and dryer and on-site parking. You can also enjoy the tennis courts, hot tub, pool and gym that are all included in the complex. While you won’t be within walking distance of hospitals, you will be just a short drive away from Sorrento Valley Clinic, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla and the Va San Diego Healthcare System. It is the perfect option for anyone looking for a quiet place to relax after a long day at work while still remaining close to all the city has to offer.

Looking for a property that is within walking distance of parks, hospitals and restaurants? This modern and sophisticated three-story townhouse is beautifully decorated and included a long list of amenities. It is located in a quiet neighborhood, but you are just minutes from all the excitement San Diego has to offer. You will enjoy free parking, a walk-in closet, desk, TV and weekly maid service. Commuting to work can be a breeze with the Kaiser Clairemont Mesa just one mile away and both the Sharp Memorial and Rady’s Children Hospitals just a short three miles down the road.

San Diego offers an exciting opportunity for travel nurses to experience a truly unique city located right on the California coast. Get away from the cold weather and take advantage of a temperate climate that makes it easy to get outdoors year-round. With a vibrant cultural scene that is full of history and multiculturalism and award-winning restaurants, San Diego offers the perfect location to engage in professional development and expand your nursing skills and experiences.


I love our community of travel nurses, and I love writing about my experiences. When Brian at TNH reached out to me about possibly telling my story, it was the perfect timing because I had just used their website for the first time. I hope you enjoy it! You can read more about my travel adventures at www.travelbugontherun.com. --Kelly