Countless people travel to San Diego for a getaway, but we’re lucky to call ‘America’s Finest City’ home because there’s no need to travel far for a slice of staycation paradise. Whether it’s spring break, summertime or a long weekend, an abundance of hotels and resorts in our own backyard are ready to host and cater to families. We’ve found 12 that will welcome your crew for relaxation and fun––offering everything from kids clubs and swimming pools to beachside or city views and amenities galore. Read on to find the best spots to enjoy some time off.

photo: Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

This is paradise for parents and the kids too! Lounge by the pool while the kiddos stay active at Kidtopia. Even more, enjoy family activities like iPhone scavenger hunts, waterslide races and crafts. Also, there are special events like a radical reptile show or dive-in movies. Or if sports are your family's thing there are tennis drills for grown-ups and golf lessons for the half-pints. When done, head to the spa or a delicious family dinner. Really, you can't go wrong here.

Cost: from $225 per night

2100 Costa Del Mar Rd.
Carlsbad, Ca


photo: Stacy Childers

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Your staycation starts when you check-in at this resort by the sea. You're minutes from home, yet miles away. Sail or kayak from their private marina. All the more, head to the beach and find a concierge at your service. They provide umbrellas, chairs, beach toys, boogie boards and beach towels for your comfort and convenience. Finally, wind down the day at the cozy bayside fireplace.

Cost: from $230 per night

4000 Bay Rd.
Coronado, Ca

Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina

Families rule at this non-smoking hotel with suites that sleep six and have a full kitchen. If your tribe is smaller, there are rooms with two double beds plus microwave and refrigerator. Also on tap: two tennis courts (with racquets to use), swim and relax in the two pools and hot tub or make use of their bikes and take a nice long ride with the whole crew. Further, it's easy eats ordering from the kid's menu at the restaurant. 

Cost: from $135 per night; suites from $179 per night

2051 Shelter Island Dr.
San Diego, Ca


photo: Paradise Point

Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Your island oasis awaits. Just drive in and book the stay and play package which includes the Passport to Paradise. Specifically, high-speed internet, fitness center and use of bocce ball, tennis, basketball, horseshoes, croquet and ping pong. Also, your fam can try a stand-up paddle board session, water skiing, surfing and bicycling. Relax in your own private bungalow and cook s'mores at your beach firepit. You'll still be in San Diego but you'll feel like you're on a tropical getaway.

Cost: stay and play package, from $179 per night

1404 Vacation Rd.
San Diego, Ca
Online: paradise-point-resort-and-spa


Calling all brick builders! Truly, the biggest sleepover of stuff dreams are made of. From the disco music in the elevators to the LEGO castle in the lobby and bricks everywhere to build with, staying here is a treat. Also, this spring look for LEGOLAND's new Castle Hotel to open! Further, we grown-ups appreciate the in-room coffee, fridge filled with tea, juice and water (included in the room rate) and free LEGO gifts in the room for kiddo guests. At every turn in this wonderful hotel, you'll feel that you are indeed a special guest.

Cost: from $185 per night

5885 The Crossings Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca
Online: legoland-resort-hotel

photo: Rancho Bernardo Inn

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Let your little explorer go glamping. Really, if you book the family fun package at this award-winning SoCal resort, the Inn will set-up an in-room tent complete with a s'mores packet. Plus, your little luxe camper gets a milk and cookies tray upon arrival and a free kid's breakfast in the morning. With little ones happy, grown-ups can relax at the spa or hit a round of golf. 

Cost: family fun package, from $261 per night

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr.
San Diego, Ca

photo: Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Young staycationers love having plenty to do and this resort has excitement to spare. Splish, splash in the family pool, then warm-up in the spacious spa. There's also tennis, golf and Camp Hyatt for half-pints. Further, there are five restaurants, including a Kid's Cafe and finer dining too. The attention to detail and customer service are resort perfect.

Cost: from $275 per night

7100 Aviara Resort Dr.
Carlsbad, Ca

Pacific Terrace Hotel

Experience balcony ocean views with fam friendly service. In fact, they have beach chairs, boogie boards and sand toys to grab for the whole clan. Along with the fact that everyone's within walking distance to the pool, the beach and downtown Pacific Beach. Get the s'mores kit to roast marshmallows by the open fire pit after taking a dip in the large jacuzzi.

Cost: from $275 per night

Pacific Beach
610 Diamond St.
San Diego, Ca

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

This downtown waterfront escape is perfect for exploring San Diego. On one hand, you have Petco Park, the Gaslamp District and The New Children's Museum all within walking distance. Plus, the kids and adults get their own swimming pools. Even more, the view of the harbor is amazing for watching the ships and yachts. There's also a Starbucks and bar and grill that are good food and drink pit stops.

Cost: from $225 per night

333 West Harbor Dr.
San Diego, Ca

Carlsbad Seapointe Resort

A North County coastal escape. Just rent a one or two bedroom condo and leave your busy life behind (for a few days). Even though there's no restaurant on-site, you have a giant kitchen and BBQ spot outside. Still more, there's an ocean view, grown-up pool and spa and kiddie pool with splash pad. Additional activities include the kid's sandbox and miniature golf. Also, you just walk across the street to get to the beach. Carlsbad Village is a close drive with restaurants, shops and more.

Cost: one bedroom condos, from $161 per night; two bedroom condos, from $206 per night

6400 Surfside Lane
Carlsbad, Ca

photo: Hotel Del Coronado

Hotel Del Coronado

Just across the Coronado bridge, you'll find this beautiful Victorian-style resort. In fact, from a (personal) beachside bonfire to bikes along the boardwalk, there are activities galore. Little explorers love the Delventures Club with dino digs, mermaids and weird science. There's always plenty to do, the beach is beyond glorious and the service is grand. Moreover, you'll feel worlds away from the day-to-day.

Cost: rooms from $302 per night; bonfire experience, from $100 plus add-ons

1500 Orange Ave.
Coronado, Ca

Fairmont Grand Del Mar

Luxury + fun activities = the perfect family vacation. Whether it's the Italian-inspired European villa atmosphere that gets you, or the kid's pool with underwater music and service at your fingertips, this stay is sure to rejuvenate you. Go on a group hike led by a nature guide, or plan a tennis lesson geared for the whole family. Also, the food is fabulous and the spa is wonderful too. Kiddos may ask to go back to the Explorer's Club, while you (and your partner) get to enjoy a romantic dinner. Read about all of the Fairmont Grand Del Mar's awesome family- and kid-friendly amenities and special programming here.

Cost: from $469 per night

5300 Grand Del Mar Ct.
San Diego, Ca

Do you have a sweet San Diego staycation spot? Tell us about it in the comments below.

-Nikki Walsh


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