San Diego is the perfect travel destination if you’re looking for excellent weather, lots of sunshine, and amazing days at the beach. There are lots of great places to stay in San Diego, but it doesn’t get much better than waking up right along the beach. Fortunately, there are some awesome beachfront properties that accommodate guests and put you right by the sand and ocean waves. Here are the top beachfront hotels in San Diego to choose from!
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This beachfront resort is along Mission Bay and has a private beach and lush gardens. It’s on a 14-acre peninsula and a perfect beach escape for families in Southern California. Dining options onsite include Café Bahia for locally sourced California cuisine and the breakfast buffet with so many delicious choices. Meanwhile, the Tangier Bar is perfect for cocktails, karaoke nights, and live music. There are lots of resort activities to participate in, such as the pool with its own bar and grill, whirlpool, fitness center, tennis courts, arcade, shuffleboard, and cruises that operate on the nearby bay. The resort is dog-friendly for pets up to 50 pounds or two smaller pets at a combined weight of less than 75 pounds.
Another oceanfront option is the Pacific Terrace Hotel, which is great for romantic getaways and family vacations. This hotel is located on a bluff overlooking the ocean and offers AAA Four Diamond accommodations. Here you can enjoy a massage by the pool, bike the boardwalk, relax in a beach chair, or get active with boogie boards in the water. There are 73 guest rooms and suites here, private balconies and patios, poolside Jacuzzi, fire pit, and amazing views of the ocean. This is an ideal place to plan a wedding, family celebration, or other group events. Package deals are available here that include breakfast, picnics on the beach, local craft beers, and surfing lessons.
The San Diego Mission Bay Resort is another great option if you’re looking for a waterfront suite or waterfront dining. The resort is along Mission Bay and has a spa, fitness center, beautiful guest rooms, and activities for kids. Rooms here have private patios and balconies to soak up the views, and there are package deals specific to seasons, family fun, and spa rejuvenation. The onsite Spa Brezza offers a variety of treatments, and the fitness center is complimentary and open 24 hours per day for guests. Onsite dining and drinking options include the Acqua California Bistro and the Olive Lounge.
You’ll be just steps from the ocean when you stay at the San Diego’s Surfer Beach Hotel, which is an affordable option along Pacific Beach. With dozens of San Diego attractions nearby, you can enjoy the year-round pool and pick a family room if you’re traveling with kids. This is also a pet-friendly option that welcomes pets weighing less than 50 pounds. Wi-Fi is available in all areas, public parking is available onsite, and the Sunset Suite even has a full kitchen.
The Pier South Resort is an excellent Imperial Beach option with private balconies and oceanfront access. It has the Sea 180˚ Coastal Tavern restaurant for onsite dining and the Dames’ Spa for treatments. Guests here also enjoy the AltaMar Rooftop Terrace, fitness classes, beach activities, and oceanfront views. Rooms come with bathrobes and slippers, in-room safes, free Wi-Fi, and separate living and bedroom areas.
Situated on 44 acres of a private island paradise, the Paradise Point Resort and Spa is a Mission Bay resort you’ll also love. Here you’ll find five swimming pools, five dining venues, a marina, spa, beach bonfire pits, and lots of options for recreation. Families, business conference travelers, and groups of friends all love staying here because of the spacious suites, beach restaurant called Tidal, and laid-back dining experience of the Barefoot Bar & Grill on the waterfront. The onsite spa opens daily at 8:30am, and the fitness center is included with your resort fee.
One of the best hotels in Southern California, L’Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean in San Diego. This resort has 121 guest room and suites, a wellness spa, a private path to the beach, and nice pool area. You’ll also be in close walking distance to the nearby shops, restaurants, galleries, and hiking trails of Torrey Pines State Reserve. Expect a blend of upscale chic and beachy casual here, as well as private balconies and patios to enjoy the views. You’ll love the charming seaside area of Del Mar and the footpath to the 15th Street Beach. On-site dining options include Kitchen 1540 for Southern California cuisine, Coastline for local favorites with awesome views, and Bleu Bar for libations with views.
The Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa also has a beachfront setting and a tropical design to get you in the mood for a vacation. This is a Polynesian-themed resort that’s about eight miles from the airport. The onsite Oceana Coastal Kitchen is a great spot for California cuisine with panoramic views, and Moray’s is a festive spot with tiki torches and palm trees. In addition to the beach here, resort activities include the family-friendly pool, whirlpool, bird show, spa, fitness center, arcade, and water sports rentals.
The Crystal Pier Hotel also overlooks the ocean and offers lovely cottages that will make you feel like you can really relax and like you’ve stepped back in time. The cottages range between $225 and $600 per night and come with kitchenettes, separate living and bedroom areas, private decks, and parking spaces.
The last iconic beach resort we’ll mention here is Hotel del Coronado, a popular option for seaside charm just minutes from downtown San Diego. This is a 28-acre resort with several restaurants and bars, a full calendar of activities and special events, heated main pool with a hot tub, and bike rentals on the boardwalk. There’s a kids’ program for young travelers ages four to 12, beach services that include luxury lounge chairs and umbrellas, and rental options for boats, paddleboards, and surfboards too. Dogs and cats are welcome here for extra fees of $125 to $200 per stay.