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Your Ultimate Guide to Comic-Con International—and Where to Stay

Planning a trip to Comic-Con International this year? We’ve got you covered!

Comic-Con International is a much-anticipated annual convention that takes place in sunny San Diego, California. It’s organized by comic, science fiction, and movie fans from around the world, and lures enthusiasts of everything from anime to Game of Thrones.

Your days at Comic-Con International will be jam-packed schmoozing superheroes and chasing zombies, but the fun doesn’t have to end when you walk out the door. We’ve uncovered some of the must-dos in the area so you can make the most of your time in Southern California. Consider booking one of the many San Diego vacation rentals on FlipKey so you can check everything off our list.

Where to Find Comic-Con Vacation Rentals

Choose from a variety of San Diego vacation rentals for your stay during Comic Con International.

Although the official Comic-Con schedule isn’t released until two weeks before the event, you can count on a full program of exciting events every day. Reserve a vacation rental near the San Diego Convention Center to be first in line for your favorite Comic-Con events. The Marina and Gaslamp Districts border the area where the event takes place and are the best neighborhoods to search for Comic-Con vacation rentals.

Not only will staying in a rental give you easy access to the event, it’s less expensive than booking multiple (and costly!) hotel rooms for you and your group. Choose from cozy beach bungalows, downtown apartments, spacious homes, and more on FlipKey!

Where to Eat During Comic-Con

Enjoy dinner at Puesto in San Diego, CA.

After a day exploring exhibits, attending film screenings, and rubbing elbows with fellow costumed attendees, one thing’s certain: you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Whether you prefer dining al fresco on a roof deck or saddling up at the bar, San Diego has plenty of great restaurants to choose from. The city’s known for flavorful Mexican cuisine (a nod to its proximity to the US-Mexico border), fresh-off-the-boat seafood, and everything in between! Here are some of FlipKey’s favorite places, no matter what you’re craving:

Puesto | 789 West Harbor Drive, Suite 155, San Diego, CA 92101

Brigantine Seafood Restaurant | 7889 Ostrow Street, San Diego, CA 92111

Urban Solace Restaurant | 3823 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92104

Tom Ham’s Lighthouse | 2150 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

Rustic Root | 535 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Pacific Beach Fish Shop | 1775 Garnet Avenue, San Diego, CA 92109

Where to Grab a Drink During Comic-Con

Growlers of beer are displayed at a San Diego brewery.

San Diego was dubbed the “Capital of Craft Beer in America” and for good reason. The city boasts a whopping 100+ breweries, all serving a variety of award-winning ales and lagers. Order a pint or fill up a growler, and swap stories of the day’s events under the sunny, blue skies of San Diego. Here’s where we recommend getting your drink on post-Comic-Con.

Stone Brewing | 1999 W Citracado Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92029

Fall Brewing Company | 4542 30th Street, San Diego, CA 92116

Duck Foot Brewing Company | 8920 Kenamar Drive, Ste 210, San Diego, CA 92121

Bay City Brewing Co. | 3760 Hancock Street, Ste A, San Diego, CA 92110

Pure Project Brewing | 9030 Kenamar Drive #308, San Diego, CA 92121

What to Do During Comic-Con Week

A Comic-Con attendee poses with a character.

You don’t have to go far to continue your celebration of all things comic book-related—there are a surprising number of comic book stores in San Diego worth checking out. Stock up on mainstream classics like Marvel or dive into a new comic book series when you visit each store. The comic book shops we recommend have a little bit of everything:

Little Fish Comic Book Studio | 6822B El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115

Southern California Comics | 8280 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92111

On Comic Ground | 1629 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103

Villainous Lair Comics | 3220 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Empire Collectibles | 5795 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92115