My six city road trip of Southern California is nearing its end with a final stop in the gorgeous city of San Diego. It is my first time here, and I’m quite excited because not only do I have friends in the area, but everyone I’ve spoken too about my trip has said that they LOVE it here. I’ve done my research of where to stay in San Diego and I think I’ve come up with two great options that each offer something special. I’ll be spending a couple of nights at a resort on an Island in Mission Bay and for my last night, I’ll be as close to the beach as you can get without being swept out to sea with the tides. Here’s to California sunshine and falling asleep to the sound of the pounding surf.
Paradise Point – 1404 Vacation Road. Built over 50 years ago by Hollywood producer Jack Skirball, Cleopatra is one of his movies. He grew tired of creating fantastic sets that were destroyed after filming so he turned his attention to a 44-acre private island in the heart of San Diego Mission Bay and built Paradise Point.
Sea World, Old Town, Balboa Park and the San Diego Airport are all a short drive away from Paradise Point, so the location is prime. Easy access in and off the island, yet secluded enough to feel transported to an island escape.
I arrived at the main building for check-in and registration, grabbed my keys and drove to my own beach bungalow with parking just for me.
I’m stoked to open the door to my bungalow to see where I will be sleeping for a couple of nights. Inside is just what I expected, a living room with a dining area and a small kitchenette/bar area. There is a private bedroom and a bathroom with entry from the living room or bedroom. It is like a mini apartment on the beach.
Speaking of Beach, the view I have from the front door is amazing. Waking up to this every morning is going to be very relaxing, plus I have a stack of firewood for nighttime smores making.
With 44-acres to explore on Paradise Point, I don’t expect I will be spending much time in my bungalow. There are restaurants on the island along with a spa and plenty of activities including our own marina. I checked it out and rented a kayak for an afternoon of paddling in the Bay. Great workout and a bit of peace on the water as well.
If you are looking for an escape yet still want easy access to the city you can’t go wrong at Paradise Point.
La Jolla Shores – 8110 Camino Del Oro, La Jolla. If you are looking for a bit more surf to go with your beach vacation how about heading to the exclusive neighbourhood of La Jolla and booking a few nights at the La Jolla Shores Hotel. You really can’t get any closer to the beach without being pulled into the sea.
A bit of roadwork around the hotel made access a bit challenging, but once I figured it out and parked my car I didn’t move it until I checked out. The La Jolla Shores Hotel consists of three main buildings with two around courtyards. One has a pool and hot tub while the other is set up with activities for the guests to enjoy.
My room is in the building closest to the beach, and I’ve been promised a wicked view. When I enter, I realize they weren’t lying. The styling of the room is a bit dated, but I’m not here for furniture. I am here for the view and the sound of pounding surf.
The balcony has as screen door so I turn off the air conditioning, open the patio doors and let the breeze in. I plan on snuggling up with my blankets in bed tonight falling asleep to the sound of the surf. It really doesn’t get any more magical than that.
Another great perk of staying at La Jolla Shores Hotel is the short walk to some shops and restaurants. I’ve my eyes on a couple of places, but that is for another story, “Where to eat in San Diego”.
It is time to say goodbye; I’m going to go for a walk on the beach while the tide is out.
Of course, there are plenty of other accommodation choices in San Diego, but I think if you want a real escape from everyday life and the hustle and bustle you can’t go wrong with staying on an Island or at the beach. Don’t you agree?