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60+ San Diego Hotels on the Beach, Bay & Marina

60+ San Diego Hotels on the Beach, Bay & Marina

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To fall asleep to the sound of the waves crashing is a luxury most people only experience when on a tropical vacation. Lucky for all of us in San Diego County, we can jaunt down to a hotel within driving distance and spoil ourselves with a little stay-cation experience any time we want all the way up from Oceanside down to Imperial Beach.

Or if you’re from out of town and looking for a spot to stay for a few nights, here’s a list to get your planning hat on for some nights away at the hotel on the beach. The hotels range from full-on resorts all the way down to cottages on a pier and hostels to luxurious resorts sitting on San Diego’s best patches of beach, ocean, marina and bays and everything in-between.

San Diego County has plenty to offer as it relates to a hotel stay on the beach or bay, so look no further than this guide to help you plan your stay in the optimal way.

Use the filters to find the perfect hotel on the beach or bay for your vacation or staycation.

Oceanside Marina Suites


Steve Horn Steve Horn is a Carmel Valley-based writer the climate/energy website DeSmog.com and a freelance investigative journalist/researcher for-hire. Before moving to San Diego in December 2017, Steve also served on the Narrative/Documentary Shorts Film Review Committee for the Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he lived from 2016-2017, moving there from Madison, Wisconsin. Born in Chicago and raised in the southeastern Wisconsin city of Kenosha, WI, Steve is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His writing has appeared in multiple publications, including Al Jazeera America, The Intercept, The Guardian (UK), Vice News, TYT Investigates, NUVO, Isthmus, LetsRun.com, Vocativ, Wisconsin Watch and elsewhere. In his free time, Steve is a competitive runner, with a personal best time of 2:43.


Crystal Hilsley Crystal also writes at Crystal Clear Health and Crystal Clear Kids and lives in Encinitas with her “mini – me”; they are both proud advocates for kids teaching them the difference between real food and fake food. You’ll find her tearing up San Diego: sweating it out in hot yoga, kicking sand at the beach, wake surfing, and savoring a craft latte which is a daily habit she has no intention of giving up. Ever.