With its year-round sunny skies and mild climate, San Diego’s picturesque beaches are one of its top attractions. Visitors who stay in a beachfront hotel can look forward to being just steps away from powdery sands and brilliant blue waters. Of course, the city offers many to choose from, but we’ve helped you narrow it down the best hotels in San Diego on the beach.
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Hotel del Coronado is an iconic property and one of the most family-friendly hotels in San Diego, set across 28 oceanfront acres with characteristic brick red turrets on Coronado Island. A National Historic Landmark, it was built in 1888, providing guests with an idyllic seaside setting that’s drawn many rich and famous from dignitaries to Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe. Book a room here and you’ll enjoy the perfect mix of historic and modern, including beachfront dining and upscale shopping an award-winning spa and all sorts of outdoor activities like paddle boarding and surfing as well as relaxing around a bonfire roasting s’mores.
Paradise Point Resort & Spa is one of the top resorts in San Diego and the perfect place to experience a private island getaway right in San Diego. It sits along Mission Bay, and while it may feel as if it’s worlds away from the city, it’s close to many popular attractions, like downtown and the historic amusement park, Belmont Park. But with so much to do on the island, you may not want to leave. It hosts five swimming pools, a marina, various sports courts, a fitness center and a variety of outdoor activities too. Take sailing lessons, play miniature golf, go jet-skiing or just relax and enjoy the sunshine. The on-site spa offers decadent treatments based on destinations like Bali, Fiji and Thailand, using techniques and ingredients indigenous to the island you choose.
Set along the shores of Mission Bay, Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa offers the ideal locale for enjoying quiet strolls on the soft sands of secluded Mission Bay beach and winding pathways that meander to lush gardens and koi ponds. There are more active pursuits too, including kayaking, surfing, sailing and water skiing. The property also hosts a swimming pool, hot tub, comfy loungers, and a poolside bar and grill. The waterfront day spa offers a menu of pampering body treatments and therapeutic massage.
Crystal Pier Hotel boasts a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean along with historic New England-style cottages with full-size kitchens and private decks that line the wooden pier on Pacific Beach. There are studios, one and two-bedroom options as well as a large suite popular with families that sleeps six. Guests can enjoy strolling the pier and the beach, fishing, surfing or just relaxing to the sounds of the surf. This boutique property is so popular, you’ll need to book nearly a year in advance for the summer season, four to six months for the spring, fall or winter.
Bahia Resort Hotel offers a tranquil oasis for nature lovers along with stunning ocean views on Mission Bay. Guests can enjoy relaxing or strolling the sandy beach edged by calm waters in a place that feels like a private stretch of paradise. The property offers a gorgeous restored sternwheeler ship that provides free cruises around Mission Bay for guests as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool and hot tub. Nearby is a sanctuary for with rescued seals where visitors can enjoy close encounters with the animals. The over 300 rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies with beach and garden views. Suites include a kitchenette and dining area.
Pacific Terrace Hotel is especially popular for romantic escapes, set atop a bluff overlooking the Pacific, but it’s also ideal for a family-friendly getaway. You’ll have easy access to a beautiful beach as well as being close to a variety of dining and shopping options. The hotel has a heated swimming pool and hot tub overlooking the beach, while most of its extra-spacious rooms boast ocean views along with private patios or balconies. Bicycles are available to rent for rides along the boardwalk or you can rent water sports equipment like boogie boards to get out and play on the water. Package deals are available that include breakfast, surfing lessons, picnics on the beach and local craft beers.
Pier South Resort is ideally located on Imperial Beach, providing access to the soft sands and the Pacific. There are panoramic ocean views throughout the property which includes a rooftop terrace, oceanfront outdoor pool and hot tub, lavish spa offering a variety of massages, body scrubs, and mani/pedis, as well as the highly-rated SEA180 Coastal Tavern which serves Baja-Mediterranean fare. Look forward to activities on the beach like paddle boarding, kayaking and boogie boarding, with rentals available onsite. The beach-style suites include floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies with either a partial or full ocean view.
If you’re looking for a tranquil vacation on the beach and accommodation that offers plenty of room for a large family or group of friends, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club may be ideal. It offers the comforts of home along with a private stretch of beach that’s considered one of the best spots for kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, learning to surf and even for snorkeling. All rooms, with everything from studios to three-bedroom units, have either a private patio or balcony, some facing the ocean. Umbrellas, beach chairs and towels are all complimentary, and guests can also enjoy food and beverage service on the sand, a heated pool, in-room massage, nightly beach barbecues and two waterfront restaurants, with more options for dining within walking distance.