San Diego lodging in the areas of Pacific Beach or Mission Bay are ideal for a beach vacation because most of the hotels are in walking distance to the bay or beach.
Mission Bay has a lot of recreational and boating opportunities, a boardwalk around some of it, and calm waters for swimming. The southern end is super convenient to Sea World. Five of the top resort hotels in Mission Bay are: the Bahia Resort Hotel, the Catamaran Resort Hotel, Dana Inn, the Hilton San Diego Resort and Paradise Point Resort.
Prefer a beach with lots of sand and real waves? In Pacific Beach, there are beach front hotels right along the boardwalk just steps from the sand. Five of the top hotels in Pacific Beach are: the Blue Sea Beach Hotel, Surfer Beach Hotel, Ocean Park Inn, Tower 23 Hotel and the Pacific Terrace Hotel.
Read on to see what makes each of these San Diego accommodations unique and fabulous.
707 Pacific Beach Drive
Right on the beach, this oceanfront hotel has a heated swimming pool and hot tub within view of the sea. Every room has a balcony. They provide bike rentals and afternoon cookies. Won TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2015. Check rates and reviews
723 Felspar Street
Located near lifeguard tower 23 on Pacific Beach. This is a luxury beachfront boutique hotel. They don't have a pool, but are right on the beach. They offer massage and spa services. The Tower Deck has an open fire pit and sunset views. Rooms have balconies or patios. Check rates and reviews
610 Diamond St.
This oceanfront hotel is on a bluff at the north end of Pacific Beach's boardwalk. Lots of palm trees. This resort provides rentals of everything you need for a fun beach vacation, such as beach chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards, pails and shovels, and bicycles. Their outdoor pool has a view of the ocean. Massage therapy services are also available. A unique feature: in summer on Friday nights there is a Polynesian fire spinning show on the pool deck. Check rates and reviews
710 Grand Ave.
This is a beach front hotel right by the boardwalk. The heated pool and hot tub have views of the ocean and palm trees. Rooms have a balcony or patio. Check rates and reviews
711 Pacific Beach Drive
This beachfront hotel features a heated outdoor pool with ocean views. This hotel is within walking distance of several restaurants and bars. There is an onsite restaurant with outdoor patio seating. They are a pet friendly hotel. Check rates and reviews
998 W. Mission Bay Dr.
This is a beach front hotel on a peninsula within Mission Bay. It has an onsite restaurant with a heated outdoor patio. They also have a Moroccan style lounge, which has live music. This family vacation resort has lots of tropical plants and features a special torch lighting ceremony with Polynesian music and dance during mid summer. Cabana chairs on the beach are for hotel guests to use. There is a video arcade with classic games for kids in addition to all the water activities. The Bahia Belle offers bay cruises free to guests and includes live entertainment. Other resort activities include tennis, sailboat, paddleboard, bike and other boat rentals. Check rates and reviews
1404 Vacation Rd.
This island resort is like a tropical paradise. There are five swimming pools, fire pits on the beach, lagoons and Bali styled bungalows. You have several restaurant options, including outdoor seating. There is no end to activity options, from tennis to basketball to surf lessons to various bike rentals. Or just explore the 14 miles of walking/biking paths. Their full service marina offers no end of various boating rentals and activities. You can even take a water taxi to Sea World! Check rates and reviews
1775 E. Mission Bay Dr.
This waterfront resort hotel on Mission Bay is on 18 acres and features a 28 mile path for walking or biking. They are a green hotel and pet friendly. Enjoy fire pits on the beach and waterfront dining. All kinds of water activities are possible, from wake boarding to wind surfing to snorkeling. There is also a lovely swimming pool and of course, spa services. Check rates and reviews
1710 W. Mission Bay Dr
Like the other Mission Bay waterfront resorts, this one offers outdoor swimming pools, boat rentals and bike rentals. They have a private marina where you can dock your own boat. There is a bar at the pool open in summer. You can paddle board, kayak or get a massage. Check rates and reviews
3999 Mission Blvd.
This vacation hotel is designed as a Polynesian resort, with tropical plants, a koi pool and waterfalls. Rooms and suites have private balconies or patios with bay views. They offer entertainment in the way of luaus, fire torch dancers, bay cruises on the Bahia Belle. You can take a yoga class, your kids can take a Polynesian dance class, and there are endless boating activities. You can see Sea World's nightly fireworks show from here and there are also movies on the beach. Check rates and reviews
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