Set on the San Diego Bay amidst eleven acres of tropical gardens, the Kona Kai Resort offers a distinct island feel without having to leave the mainland. Each of the 129 guest rooms features a sweeping view of the marina, gardens, or bay. Vessel, the resort’s onsite restaurant, offers coastal fare while a tiki bar and poolside cabanas provide additional culinary choices to those having fun in the sun.
Just steps from the beach and 28-mile boardwalk, this hotel is conveniently located to everything San Diego has to offer. Kids will have fun with sandcastle building, poolside movies, beach games, and more. Adults can relax in the 7,500 square-foot spa and enjoy oceanfront dining or happy hour alongside outdoor fire pits. Pooches are also welcome at this pet-friendly hotel.
Next to the boardwalk in Pacific Beach stands the Pacific Terrace Hotel. Each of the 73 guest rooms features first-class amenities like private patios or balconies and ocean views. A variety of beach toys like boogie boards, buckets and shovels, and bikes are available for guests along with comfy beach chairs and sun umbrellas. Even the outdoor heated pool provides unparalleled views of the ocean waves.
Waterfalls, exotic birds, and lush vegetation greet guests at this tropical retreat. With its beachfront location next to the boardwalk, the Catamaran Resort offers guests a wide range of water sports like paddleboarding, kayaking, sailing, and surfing. Summer luaus add to the resort’s Polynesian feel while the heated pool and movies on the beach will make the whole family happy.
For those travelers looking for the basic-but-comfortable beachside hotel experience, the Blue Sea Beach Hotel doesn’t disappoint. Located on the boardwalk with the Pacific Ocean merely steps away, this hotel provides updated rooms ranging from comfortable guest rooms to immaculate two-bedroom suites. Many restaurants, coffee shops, and activities are within easy walking distance and the heated outdoor pool offers sweeping views of the Pacific.
Distinctive in style and comfort, Tower23 Hotel combines relaxation with playful sophistication. Guests can follow a wooden staircase to the pristine beach or relax on the Tower Deck with rooftop views, food, and drinks. In-room spa experiences are available and some of the well-appointed guest rooms boast private whirlpool Jacuzzi tubs. Trendy beachside restaurant JRDN welcomes guests with delectable California coastal cuisine.
Iconic to San Diego and Southern California, Hotel Del Coronado sprawls across Coronado Island. Since opening in 1888, Hotel Del has hosted numerous celebrities as well as world travelers. Guests can step from their luxurious guest rooms to the golden sand for an exercise class, surfing or paddleboarding, or even a private beach bonfire. A Kids Program keeps small guests entertained while parents can relax by the family-friendly pool or indulge at the spa.
Just across the boardwalk running parallel to the beach, the Ocean Park Inn provides a front row seat to Pacific Beach. The spacious rooms are decorated with comfort and beach living in mind, all with patios or balconies to take in the views as well as refrigerators. The heated pool and hot tub overlook the beach where hotel guests can lounge and play. Optional room service and complimentary continental breakfast keep guests fueled for a day of beach adventures.
Coastal breezes and sandy beaches are just steps from this ideally situated hotel just north of San Diego. Ranging from queen- and king-sized beds to beachfront suites with kitchenettes, each room at La Jolla Shores is luxuriously furnished. Guests are invited to use the hotel’s lounge chairs, umbrellas, and towels while basking at the beach or make a splash in the heated outdoor pool and children’s wading pool. Two onsite restaurants, in-room dining choices, and beach barbecue cookouts beckon vacationers with a variety of culinary choices.
If the crowds aren’t your thing, consider the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, where guests have access to a private beach—one of only a few on the California coast. Beachfront activities like a kids’ club and sandy playground provide endless options for families. Rooms range in size from the well-appointed guest room to a three-bedroom suite complete with a full kitchen. A golf course, junior-Olympic-sized pool, yoga classes, and beach dining offer something for everyone.