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Even during the winter months, you can still enjoy SoCal as if you’re on vacation a world away by diving into the high life at one of the best hotel pools in San Diego. Have an unforgettable day-cation with a resort pass at a nearby San Diego pool that’s open to the public. So many luxurious resorts offer pool day passes for families, so you can take the plunge for a day and be home by bedtime. Read on for where you can go to order lunch and cocktails poolside while the kids whiz down waterslides or relax on a lazy river.
Town and Country Resort
Centrally located in Mission Valley, Town and Country Resort recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. They just opened a new 10,000 square foot pool complex including a zero entry pool, hot tub, children’s pool and 4-story, looping 150 foot waterslide––the longest hotel waterslide in San Diego County! Enjoy poolside food and beverage service and free WiFi. Daybeds and cabanas are also available for an additional cost.
Hours: Pool 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Waterslide Mon.- Fri. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $20/adults; $10/child
500 Hotel Cir N.
San Diego, CA 92108
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa
Everyone in your family from babies to big kids will love spending the day at the glorious Omni La Costa Resort & Spa pools. Even if your visit only lasts an afternoon, you'll feel as rejuvenated as if you'd gone on a mini-vacation at this slice of paradise. You're spoiled for choice with an array of pools that all beckon you for a refreshing dip. The Sandy Beach Family Pool is perfect for tots and little kids due to its shallow beach entry and for the fact that kids can build sandcastles and play in the sand. The Splash Landing Pools will keep big kids entertained for hours. There are not one, but two 100-foot waterslides (an open slide and a tunnel slide) that kids will gleefully slide down again and again. There's also a water play area/splash pad complete with plenty of fun features like a raining umbrella and squirt guns kids can aim. If you just want a general swim, there's also a main swimming pool and a large hot tub.
Bonus: The pool menu (served Sat. & Sun. only) boasts plenty of delicious food, tantalizing drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and the wait staff is helpful and quick to serve.
Good to know: Kids must be 48 inches or taller to ride the big waterslides, but there's also a slide for younger kids who are at least 36 inches tall to ride, so they don't feel left out. Also, there are bathrooms located right near the splash pad area and there's plenty of shade provided by pool umbrellas situated above the lounge chairs. Complimentary self-parking is included with your day pass.
Hours: 8:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: Starting at $40/adult; $20/child
2100 Costa Del Mar Rd.
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Monarch Beach Resort
Indulge in a luxurious daycation by the pool at the paradise-like Monarch Beach Resort. Ocean views and sunny skies make an unbeatable backdrop for a swim through two oceanfront heated pools and a relaxing soak in two infinity edge whirlpools. Nosh on poolside food and handcrafted margaritas from Mexican cantina Sombra. The day pass also includes access to the Athletic club, complimentary valet parking and WiFi.
Hours: 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $50/adult; $28/child; infants/free
1 Monarch Resort
Dana Point, CA 92629
The Lafayette Hotel
The iconic swimming pool at The Lafayette Hotel has been making a splash in the seven decades since it was designed in 1946. Go for a swim in this heated pool and bask in the realization that Hollywood royalty including Ava Gardner have also lounged poolside at this locale. The day pass includes a 15% discount on poolside food and drink from Hope 46. Channel your inner movie star, grab your favorite sunglasses and hit this scene.
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $15/adults; $10/child; infants/free
2223 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Get away from it all and feel a world away basking in the pools and Spanish-style architecture of the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn. There are two pools: one for adults and one for families, as well as a hot tub, poolside food and drink service, a fitness center and free WiFi and self-parking. Sip on one of their famous craft cocktails and work on your Vitamin D intake while the kids make a splash.
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $25/adult; $10/child; infants/free
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128
Manchester Grand Hyatt
Stay cool by the pool at this all-star downtown resort by the bay. When the brood wants to eat, order from the seasonal poolside menu. You'll find food and drinks for purchase at the lobby market. Cabanas are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Pool hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $30/adult; $20/child; free for kids under age 3
1 Market Pl.
San Diego, CA 92101
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
Flow into this luxury resort located near Torrey Pines in La Jolla for a day with the crew. Stretch out by the salt water pool while the kiddies take a dip and order-up food and drinks. Go all out and book a shaded king-sized daybed or cabana that comes with a fruit plate. Even more, the day pass includes complimentary parking and wifi.
Pool Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $25/adult; $14/child; free for kids under age 3; cabana or daybed, $200/day (includes four guests)
9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
The Westgate Hotel
Swim in the old world glamour and customer service of this posh downtown hotel. Lounge poolside with the fam while enjoying a rooftop city view. Even more, you can order poolside lunch service. Also, dip into the hot tub while keeping a keen eye on the kiddos a few feet away. If time allows, grown-ups can steam and sauna in the luxury locker rooms.
Pool Hours: Mon.-Fri., 5 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $35/adult; $20/child (ages 3-12); parking, $12/first hour, then $6/every half hour after
1055 2nd Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa
Drop into this luxury resort in Rancho Las Palmas for a full day of family fun! First, little swimmers will want to go up-and-down the 75-foot water slide time and again. Even more, rent a daybed for shade and to spread out. Also available, the giant pool and two jacuzzis. All in all, it's a great resort day.
Pool hours: 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $25/adults; $15/kids
71333 Dinah Shore Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92270
San Diego Mission Bay Resort
Hightail it to San Diego Mission Bay Resort for a day of family fun. Enjoy the large resort pool, kids wading pool and life sized checkers, ping pong and board games). It's 'shore' to be a magical summer day.
Pool Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $60/adult; $14/child; free for infants
1775 E. Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, CA 92129
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Jump in feet first at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Not only are there two heated swimming pools, a hot tub and seasonal Shoreline eatery, there's also tennis courts, a fitness center and basketball court. So grab the googles and floaties and head to this centrally located resort.
Pool hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $20+/adult; $5/child; free for children under 3
1380 Harbor Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina
Slip into paradise at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina. Although the waterslides are currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, there are still plenty of reasons to take a dip here. There's a pool with a walk-in slope, a main pool, another smaller pool and one large hot tub (yes, kids are allowed). Your day pass includes a 10% discount on poolside food and non-alcoholic beverages from Pelicans on the Bay pool bar and lounge and a 20% discount on water sport rentals from the Mission Bay Sports Center.
Pool hours: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $40/adult; $25/child; free for infants
1441 Quivira Rd.
San Diego, CA 92109
Omni Rancho Las Palmas
Grab a morning day pass (9 a.m.- 1 p.m.) or an afternoon day pass (2-6 p.m.) to enjoy this stunning pool and lounge around at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas resort. You’ll find a mountain of waterslides, Splashtopia, a large main pool and play zones with fountains and sprinklers. Order up some food and drinks via poolside service from the Splash Grill. Note: kids must be 42 inches tall to ride the water slides.
Pool hours: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $25/adult; $10/child; free for infants; parking, free
41000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Hyatt Regency Newport Beach
Cannonball into fun at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. This day trip is worth the drive. Three pools, two spas, a splash pad, waterslide, sand volleyball court and ping-pong keep kids busy at this resort by the bay. You'll also enjoy ordering up a poolside lunch and having complimentary WiFi.
Pool hours: 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $30/adult; $20/child (ages 3-15 years); free for kids under age 3; complimentary parking
1107 Jamboree Rd.
Newport Beach, CA 92660
Loews Coronado Bay Resort
Currently unavailable for bookings.
Feel a world away without going far from home by escaping to Loews Coronado Bay Resort to relax poolside and take a dip. Here you'll find heated pools for families and kids and daily family-friendly poolside entertainment and activities. Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail from your lounge chair or in a premium cabana. Order food from La Cantina and unwind in the two hot tubs. Also on tap: complimentary WiFi and complimentary self-parking for up to 3 hours.
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $25/adult; $10/child; infants/free
4000 Coronado Bay Rd.
Coronado, CA 92118
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
Splish-splash in the family pool, then warm-up in the spacious spa. When you work up an appetite, there are five restaurants, including a Kid's Cafe and poolside service too. Also, the day pass includes complimentary valet parking and wifi. Step-up the luxury with a Family Cabana which includes a fruit plate, bottled water, two chaise lounge chairs and two passes for adults and two passes for kids. The attention to detail and customer service are resort perfect.
Hours: pool, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $40/adult; $25/child; free for kids under age 3; Cabana, $150 (four guests)
7100 Aviara Resort Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
—Nikki Walsh & Beth Shea