I’ve stood on beaches in Malibu, in Santa Monica, and in beachside communities down the California coast. The Golden State earned its nickname; the ability to stand on the sand under the sun at a moment’s notice is so embedded in the Californian, that it can almost be taken for granted.
But there’s something different about visiting a beach in San Diego. The water might still be the Pacific Ocean, but in so many of these neighborhoods, it can feel like living is centered around that strip of golden sand. I can go out for a surf session in the morning, then grab a late breakfast at a café a block away. I can finish a swim or a run on the sand, then grab a drink and dinner at a restaurant or bar while watching the sunset over the horizon. In the evening, I can retire to a hotel room, open the window and let that salty ocean breeze guide me to sleep.
Since hotel and resort developers are wise to the pull that ocean views have for visitors, the coastline has plenty of options when it comes to accommodations. Below are seven of the best beachfront hotels in San Diego for all types of beachgoers.