Where To Stay In San Diego; Private Island Or Beach Paradise

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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.

View from observation tower of the pool at Paradise Point Resort San Diego

Paradise Point1404 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.

Where to stay in San Diego Paradise Point Resort

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.

Where to stay in San Diego Paradise Point Resort

Bungalow with a beach view at Paradise Point

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.

Paradise Point bungalow living room

Paradise Point bungalow kitchenette and dining room

Private bedroom at Paradise Point

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.

Beach in front of my bungalow at Paradise Point

Catching some sun on the beach at Paradise Point

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.

Barefoot Bistro at Paradise Point

Paradise Point Marina

Kayaking around Paradise Point

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.

La Jolla Shores Hotel

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.

Pool at the La Jolla Shores Hotel

Courtyard of the La Jolla Shores Hotel

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.

First look at my room at the La Jolla Shores Hotel

Comfy bed at La Jolla Shores

Balcony view from La Jolla Shores Hotel

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.

Selfie on my La Jolla Shores Hotel balcony

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.

Panorama view from La Jolla Shores Hotel

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?


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Disclosure: General

My stays at both properties were both hosted as part of the support I received from Visit San Diego for this travel series. My views and opinions are 100% my own. This post was not reviewed prior to publishing.

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Marc Smith is a former event planner turned vagabond adventurer. He loves strong Americano's, great wine, cold beer and zip lining over tree tops. Formerly of Vancouver, most of Marc's time when not travelling is in Canada's largest city, Toronto. Follow along on his nomad adventures and discover places to stay, things to do and where to eat & drink as he explores the world one city and region at a time.

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