The Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU is not far from the Southern California city of San Diego. It’s a great area to explore if you come here for a concert, with ocean activities, lakes, parks and historic structures. Here are some suggestions for nearby hotels and restaurants.

Hotels Nearby

Because the amphitheatre is part of a student campus, there are hotels and motels everywhere around. You can go for budget franchises on the I-8, like Days Inn or Rodeway Inn, but these are pretty basic and you get what you pay for. If you drop down to El Cajon Boulevard, you’ll find some less cookie-cutter options.

Lamplighter Inn and Suites

Just 1.5 miles southeast of the amphitheatre, on the edge of SDSU campus is this friendly 2-star motel overlooking Montezuma Park. It offers 60 rooms on 2 floors, with deluxe rooms and long-stay suites. The motel has a pool, offers free breakfast, parking and WiFi, and is wheelchair accessible. Current rates are upwards of $200.

Navajo Lodge, El Cajon Boulevard

Under 2 miles due south of the campus is this 1950s 2-star motel. It’s functional but well-liked, offering free WiFi and parking. The motel offers 29 rooms on 2 floors, located in a residential area opposite a church. The Lodge welcomes children and pets, and is wheelchair accessible. Room rates start at under $100.

Alternatively, you could stay in San Diego and travel out to the Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre for your concert.

A third option if you fancy a holiday on Lake Murray, is to choose an RV or camping site, or one of many beautiful vacation rentals.

Restaurants Nearby

There are a slew of food choices on campus, but a lot of them close early. Have a wander down College Avenue to find some evening spots, such as Eureka, a trendy bistro that makes gourmet burgers.

Also near here are several SDSU outlets, including 55 Thai Kitchen, Flavors Express, L&L Hawaiian Barbecue and African Cuisine.

On El Cajon Boulevard, you’ll find everything from Jamaican to Vietnamese, Korean, sushi and Mexican food, plus Greek, vegan and New York pizza!

Local Attractions

A 15-minute drive from Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre will take you into downtown San Diego, or to the Pacific Ocean at La Jolla. At San Diego you might visit the Model Railway Museum, the Air and Space Museum or the Maritime Museum on USS Midway. You can go back in time at the Old Town San Diego Heritage County Park, or visit the Gaslamp Quarter for its lively nightlife!

San Diego favorites include the Zoo and Seaworld, plus the amazing Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. There are several amusement parks, plus green parks like Balboa Park or Mission Trails Regional Park. You might also enjoy a stroll by the ocean on the Mission Beach Boardwalk. At Lake Murray, you can go fishing, boating, camping or just admiring the abundant bird and wildlife.