Top 10 oceanfront hotels in San Diego

Discover the best beach hotels and resorts in San Diego

Rhythmic ocean waves and striking sunset views always top the list when it comes to a dream destination vacation.

Luckily, our sunny city of San Diego is home to miles upon miles of pristine oceanfront property. From the modern Tower23 in Pacific Beach to the island-style getaway that is Paradise Point on Mission Bay and the iconic Hotel Del in Coronado, our stunning scenery is what makes San Diego one of the top travel spots in the world. Look below to discover the top 10 oceanfront hotels in San Diego.

Kona Kai Resort and Marina

This beach resort set on the San Diego Bay is located on 11 acres of tropical gardens at the tip of Shelter Island. Completely renovated in 1995, Kona Kai Resort has a rich history as a premier California destination for travelers from around the world. The 129 island-style accommodations feature island décor and ample amenities, and each Kona Kai guestroom offers a magnificent view of the gardens, marina and waterways. When the day winds down, renew your senses with one of Kona Kai’s spa services and feast at Vessel restaurant.

1551 Shelter Island Dr., Point Loma. 619.221.8000 or

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

Aside from the ocean views, waterfront dining, poolside lounge and eco-friendly spa, the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina captures the essence of H2O with multiple water slides, a water playground and a full-service marina with jet skis, sailboats, kayaks, sportfishing and whale excursions. Dine at the signature restaurant, Red Marlin, unwind at Blue Marble Spa or take the family to the nearby SeaWorld San Diego.

1441 Quivira Road, Mission Bay. 619.224.1234 or

Pacific Terrace Hotel

Located on the boardwalk in Pacific Beach, the tropical 4-Diamond rated Pacific Terrace Hotel is the ideal destination for relaxation. Guests will find that each of the 73 spacious and elegant guestrooms and suites boast first-class amenities including private balconies perfect for taking in the orange and pink hues of San Diego’s sunsets. In addition to the luxury accommodations, guests can enjoy Pacific Terrace’s outdoor heated pool and spa, the fitness center or a beach stroll while breathing in the fresh ocean air. For those eager to explore all that the city has to offer, Pacific Terrace is a few mere steps from Crystal Pier and top Pacific Beach restaurants.

610 Diamond St, Pacific Beach. 858.581.3500 or

Catamaran Resort

A landscaped oasis nestled on the shoreline of Mission Bay, the Catamaran Resort offers a welcome respite from the boisterous boardwalk down the road. The luxury resort’s island-inspired motif consumes the pathways, gardens and colorful koi ponds, creating an instant tropical getaway feel. Guests will find that the hotel’s 311 elegant rooms, studios and suites are appointed with their own balcony or patio with breathtaking views. During the day, lounge in the sunshine on the hotel’s secluded Mission Bay beach. By night, indulge in a unique dining experience at Oceana Coastal Kitchen.

3999 Mission Blvd., Mission Bay. 858.488.1081 or

La Jolla Shores Hotel

Drenched in a sea breeze, the La Jolla Shores Hotel is one of the select few hotels in San Diego situated directly on the beach. Since 1970, this oceanfront hotspot in the heart of La Jolla has created vacation memories that last a lifetime. 128 luxuriously appointed guest rooms feature beachfront, coastal-view and garden patios. Guests can enjoy a variety of hotel amenities including an outdoor heated swimming pool and jacuzzi, in-room massage services, tennis courts and a quick drive to San Diego’s best attractions. Don’t skip out on the oceanfront dining at The Shores Restaurant, featuring Pacific-inspired innovative coastal cuisine.

8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla. 866.392.8762 or

Paradise Point Resort and Spa

A private 44-acre resort tucked away on the shores of Mission Bay, Paradise Point is the answer for locals looking for a secluded staycation escape or tourists seeking the ultimate island-style San Diego getaway. While Paradise Point has always been known for its tranquil day spa sanctuary, an 18-hole putting golf course, five lavish pools and five fine dining venues including the signature beach restaurant Tidal, Paradise Point underwent a $20 million remodel in early 2010 that reintroduced 462 bungalow-style guestrooms and expansive bayfront meeting facilities.

1404 Vacation Road. 866.292.0348 or

La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club

For over 75 years, this landmark oceanfront resort has been an iconic San Diego hotel among locals and out-of-towners. Nestled between La Jolla Cove and Torrey Pines Reserve, La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club is the perfect coastline escape when you’re in need of some blissful R&R.; Each of the hotel’s oceanfront guestrooms and suites offers ultimate California hospitality with direct access to the private beach. Guests can also indulge in 14 championship tennis courts, par-3 golf, a heated outdoor swimming pool, and signature massage treatments. At the end of the day, enjoy delicious award-winning cuisine at the award-winning Marine Room.

2000 Spindrift Dr., La Jolla. 888.828.0948 or


In Pacific Beach, the contemporary Tower23 Hotel brings an air of sophistication to the shore. Neo-modernist in approach, Tower 23 is refreshingly minimalist but playful and creative for an urban beach feel. Guests will find that each of the rooms boast fresh design schemes featuring a private balcony or patio and high-end amenities. If you’re in the mood for some California fresh cuisine, head downstairs to Tower23’s trendy restaurant JRDN. Forget your preconceived idea of cheap beach bar food and watered-down mimosas; this social indoor/outdoor venue offers a menu that is chockfull of creative culinary concepts.

723 Felspar St., Pacific Beach. 877.648.5738 or

L’Auberge Del Mar

Ranked among the top resorts in the world by Condé Nast, L’Auberge Del Mar oozes pure decadence. After a $26 million renovation back in 2008, visitors now find a wealth of amenities at their fingertips. Each of the 120 polished guestrooms is appointed with plush bedding, elegant sitting areas, marble bathrooms and private balconies or patios to soak in the salty ocean air. L’Auberge also offers guests a chance to indulge in culinary creations at the award-winning KITCHEN 1540, or savor cocktails at the outdoor restaurant deck, Waterfall Terrace and poolside lounge, Bleu Bar. The resort also boasts a fitness center, two championship tennis courts, a spa haven and an outdoor heated lap pool.

1540 Camino Del Mar, Del Mar. 866.713.1525 or

Hotel Del Coronado

With impressive red peaks piercing the skyline, Hotel Del Coronado is arguably one of San Diego’s most sought after vacation destinations. From its beachfront locale to the classically enchanting architecture evocative of age-old Victorian splendor, the infamous Hotel Del is the perfect staycation for San Diego locals and visiting tourists alike. Since its establishment in 1888, the Hotel Del has provided lodging for a wealth of legends and celebrities, and if you’ve had the pleasure to experience its rich opulence, you’d know exactly what all the fuss was about. In 2013, the hotel celebrated its 125th anniversary. Today, Hotel Del Coronado is also a National Historic Landmark.

1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. 866.237.9007 or

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