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San Diego's 10 Best Hotels on the Bay

AnnaMaria Stephens | April 18, 2018

San Diego may be famous for its 70 miles of scenic coastline, but don't forget about its two beautiful bays. San Diego Bay is an 18-mile natural harbor and deepwater port that begins down by Imperial Beach, less than 10 miles from the Mexican border. It curves up around Coronado Island, past Downtown San Diego, and down along the Point Loma peninsula, where it lets out into the sea. You'll find a range of hotel options along the bay, from towering high-rises to waterfront resorts. To the north, just south of Pacific Beach, Mission Bay is home to the 4,600-acre Mission Bay Park, the largest man-made aquatic park in the country. You'll find water sports of every kind here, including wakeboarding, sailing, jet skiing, and stand-up paddleboarding, plus miles of walking and biking trails and long stretches of sandy beach. SeaWorld is also located on Mission Bay. We've picked some of the best options on both bays. Some are even close to the ocean, too.

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Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Why it made the list

Set on Harbor Island, right on the water, the sprawling Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina has two buildings, the Bay Tower and the Harbor Tower. Between them, the contemporary hotels have a lot to offer, including jaunty nautical decor, rooms with balconies and panoramic views of the city skyline and bay, three pools, on-site dining and drinking options, a spa, and a private marina with watersports rentals.

Set on Harbor Island, the Sheraton has a nautical vibe and a Read More


Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina

Why it made the list

Right on the waterfront, this Hyatt on Mission Bay has a private full-service marina, an eco-friendly spa, and three lagoon-like pools with waterslides. Comfortable, contemporary rooms are nicely appointed, featuring the hotel’s signature plush Hyatt Grand Beds and panoramic views in some. The Hyatt also has on-site dining. The Hyatt’s full-service marina has jet ski, sailboat, and kayak rentals; sportfishing and whale-watching excursions also depart from the marina.

Right on the waterfront, this Hyatt on Mission Bay features Read More


Humphreys Half Moon Inn & Suites

Why it made the list

It feels like a tropical getaway at this Polynesian-inspired resort on Shelter Island, a sliver of land that extends like a curled finger into the San Diego Bay. Known for its Hawaiian-style entry with a striking wood sculptural element that soars up beyond the A-frame roof like a giant outrigger, the laid-back resort has a private marina, attractive rooms with plantation-style details, and a turquoise pool bordered by palm trees.

It’s like being transported to the South Seas at this Polyne Read More

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