Top Beachfront Hotels in San Diego
The summer heat is upon us and more than ever do you need to get outside and enjoy the sunshine. It is time to cool off and feel the fresh air off from the Pacific Ocean blow in your hair.
The June gloom in San Diego has passed and sunny beach days are here to stay! I love waking up to the sounds of waves crashing on the sand and the smell of fresh salty air.
San Diego has a lot to offer and finding the best hotel on the beach depends on which type of trip you plan to take.
With miles of coastlines, San Diego has a beachfront hotel experience for everyone. I have highlighted my favorite places to stay on the beach for all types of trips.
Beachfront Hotel For The Weekend Getaway
The Surfer Beach Hotel
Located in Pacific Beach, the location does not get any better. You will definitely get plenty of sunshine and have a great time exploring the local culture on Garnett Avenue.
The Surfer Beach Hotel offers a variety of room types for groups of all sizes with most rooms offering oceanfront balconies. The hotel’s heated pool in front of the beach is perfect cooling off and overlooking the sunset on the Pacific Ocean. The staff is super friendly and will connect you with tips for local attractions and the best food and drinks in town. Also, The Surfer Beach Hotel loves your dog too and is the best hotel for pet-friendly rooms. You can’t beat the central location which gives you not only access to the beach but also Mission Bay.
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San Diego Beachfront Hotel for Families
La Jolla Shores Hotel
If you are looking for the most scenic and picturesque trip to San Diego, then La Jolla is where you want to stay. Known as the fancier part of San Diego, La Jolla offers breathtaking views of cliff sides and endless water activities for the whole family.
The La Jolla Shores Hotel is located on the white sands of La Jolla Shores Beach and is the perfect basecamp for family adventures. The Hotel offers comfortable rooms with all-inclusive amenities so you can have everything the family may need.
For a great adventure, you can rent a kayak or paddleboard and explore the La Jolla Cove caves and swim with the playful sea lions.
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Most Unique Beachfront Hotel
Crystal Pier Cottages
Stay in the heart of the Pacific Beach literally over the surf. The Crystal Pier Cottages are located directly on the pier and come with fully equipped kitchenettes, separate bedrooms, a living room, private decks over the beach, and room to park one car. You will play all day at the beach and then drift to sleep as you listen to the waves.
The Pier does allow fishermen and sightseers to enjoy the end of the pier, so the area can get busy during the high season and on weekends. The overall experience can’t be beaten though staying on top of the waves in this historic landmark.
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Romantic Hotels On The Beach for Couples
One of the newest beachfront hotels in San Diego, Tower 23 is located in Pacific Beach and offers a luxurious getaway with comfort and style. Sip on handcrafted cocktails and local California cuisine at JRDN, the hotels on-site restaurant. The modern design of this property is for the high-end luxury travelers looking for all the comforts.
Spend the day lounging out by the pool or sit next to the fire with your loved one and watch the sun go down over the Pacific Ocean. Tower 23 is the perfect spot to stay if you need a romantic getaway with your significant other.
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Best Luxury Beach Hotel
Hotel Del Coronado
The Hotel Del Coronado is San Diego’s crown gem of hotels located on Coronado Island. Built-in the late 1800s, the Hotel Del as locals refer to it, offers guests a 5-star resort-style service and accommodation. Amenities at this first-class hotel include multiple pools, bars, shops, on-site gardens, local tours, and evening ice skating in the winter months.
One historical fact about the hotel is that it is home to the first mechanical elevator to bring guests upstairs. If you are in need of the ultimate getaway and are not worried about price, the Hotel Del is where you want to be.
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*Bonus Option* Beachfront hostel in San Diego
ITH Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel
At the Beach Bungalow Surf Hostel, you can enjoy the comfort and privacy in a private room at an affordable price directly on the beach. The only beachfront hostel in San Diego offering guests a panoramic view of surf, the boardwalk, and unforgettable sunsets. Located in Pacific Beach, the hostel is surrounded by a lively and vibrant beach community.
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Offering ten rooms in total with set-ups varying from private rooms to twelve-bed dorms with bathrooms in each room. Free breakfast is provided each morning as well as free boogie board rentals and discounted rentals of surfboards and wetsuits. Enjoy the beachfront deck where you can lay in a hammock and have a cold drink watching surfers all day long.
San Diego is known as “America’s Finest City” for various reasons including the world-class beaches. I recommend exploring all the beaches as they have different landscapes that will leave you breathless.
I would love to hear your experience or recommendations if you have stayed at theses or any beachfront hotels in San Diego. Please leave your comments below.
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