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Stretching across 112 kilometres, San Diego’s coastline stands as a testament to the city’s renowned and captivating beaches and each of these coastal gems promises a distinctive and picturesque insight. In the lively Pacific Beach, the atmosphere is vibrant, bustling, and teeming with a plethora of water activities. Del Mar’s coastline, on the other hand, presents a luxurious beach retreat, surrounded by a charming village atmosphere. 

Venturing to the historic village of La Jolla provides access to the breathtaking La Jolla Cove, where guests can marvel at mesmerising marine life. Oceanside beckons with a classic Californian beach feel, featuring a vibrant pier and a lively waterfront. Meanwhile, the iconic resort on Coronado Island invites guests to indulge in a legendary beachfront encounter, complete with historic charm and an expansive coastline. 

For those seeking somewhere more secluded and laid-back, Imperial Beach offers tranquillity in abundance. Mission Bay, blending the beauty of the bay with a tropical landscape, provides a unique and relaxing beachfront escape for guests.  

In this blog, we’ll explore some of the most outstanding beachfront havens that are sure to make a stay in America’s Finest City an unforgettable seaside getaway. 

4* Tower23 Hotel 

Situated in the vibrant Pacific Beach neighbourhood, Tower23 Hotel is a contemporary gem that caters to those seeking a trendy and sophisticated beachfront experience. The hotel’s sleek design, coupled with stunning oceanfront views, creates a chic atmosphere. Guests can enjoy fine dining at JRDN, the hotel’s acclaimed restaurant, or relax on the Tower Deck, where fire pits and a stylish ambiance set the mood for a memorable evening. For those feeling livelier, Tower23 offers easy access to water activities like surfing and paddleboarding and guest can arrange lessons or rentals to catch the waves of the Pacific Ocean. 

4* Pacific Terrace Hotel 

Located right on the Pacific Beach boardwalk, Pacific Terrace Hotel provides a quintessential beachfront escape. With direct access to the sandy shores and a refreshing outdoor pool, guests can savour the sun, sea, and sand, and take advantage of the excellent location for activities such as beach volleyball or renting beach cruisers for a scenic ride along the coast. The hotel’s spacious rooms, many with private balconies, offer breathtaking ocean views, making it an ideal spot to relax and unwind after a fun filled day at the beach. 

5* L’Auberge Del Mar 

For those desiring a more intimate and upscale coastal retreat, L’Auberge Del Mar in the charming village of Del Mar is the epitome of luxury. This boutique hotel exudes coastal sophistication, with elegantly appointed rooms, a spa, and dining options that showcase the best of California’s culinary scene. While staying at L’Auberge Del Mar, guests can explore the coastal waters with horseback riding along the beach or take part in kayaking adventures, which can be arranged through the hotel’s concierge services.  

4* Grande Colonial Hotel 

Steeped in history and charm, the Grande Colonial Hotel in La Jolla is a timeless destination. This historic hotel seamlessly blends old-world elegance with modern amenities. Guests can stroll through the village of La Jolla, enjoy the opportunity to go snorkelling or scuba diving to explore the nearby coves and vibrant marine life, and return to the comfort of a well-appointed room with classic coastal flair. 

3* Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort 

For those seeking a beachfront escape in North County, Wyndham Oceanside Pier Resort offers a prime location just steps away from Oceanside’s iconic pier. The resort’s contemporary accommodations, ocean-facing balconies, and proximity to the vibrant Oceanside Harbour – which is perfect for those interested in deep-sea fishing charters or harbour cruises, make it the perfect choice for families and leisure travellers. 

3* Ocean Park Inn 

Perched on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, Ocean Park Inn provides guests with direct access to the beach and a laid-back Southern California atmosphere. The hotel’s comfortable rooms, many with oceanfront balconies, offer a relaxing retreat after a day of sun and surf. The vibrant nightlife of Pacific Beach is just steps away, ensuring a lively and memorable stay. 

4* Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton 

A historic icon, Hotel del Coronado is a legendary beachfront resort with a rich history dating back to 1888. Its distinctive red turrets and Victorian architecture make it a landmark along Coronado’s pristine shores. Offering a range of activities including sailing and water-skiing in the bay as well as the opportunity for a relaxing beach day with beach umbrellas, chairs and water toys provided, guests here can choose to do as much or as little as they like. With a choice of dining options, a world-class spa, and the allure of Coronado’s white sandy beaches, this resort is a timeless classic. 

4* Loews Coronado Bay Resort 

Nestled on a private peninsula in Coronado, Loews Coronado Bay Resort offers a secluded escape with breathtaking views of the bay and city skyline. The resort’s private marina is the starting point for many aquatic adventures such as kayaking, paddleboarding and sailing. The resort also boasts a luxurious spa and multiple dining options, providing a tranquil retreat while still being close to the vibrant energy of downtown San Diego. 

4* Pier South Resort – Autograph Collection 

Located on the beach in Imperial Beach, Pier South Resort is a contemporary and upscale destination offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. With spacious suites, a rooftop pool, and a commitment to sustainability, this Autograph Collection hotel provides a modern and eco-conscious beachfront experience. This idyllic location also encourages guests to make the most of the California coast by providing an ideal setting for surfing lessons, beachside yoga and beach volleyball. 

4* Catamaran Resort & Spa

Situated on Mission Bay, the Catamaran Resort & Spa offers a tropical oasis with lush gardens, tiki torches, and a private beach. The resort’s Polynesian-inspired decor, water features, and a variety of recreational activities create a unique and relaxing atmosphere. Guests can enjoy water sports including sailing, paddleboarding and pedal boating as well as a scenic cruise aboard the resort’s Bahia Belle sternwheeler, or simply relax and enjoy an assortment of spa treatments before dining at the resort’s beachfront restaurants.