10 Best San Diego Beachfront Hotels Range from Luxury to Budget

The beach is a both a huge draw for tourists and a big reason why people choose to live in San Diego. It doesn't matter if it's December or July–good weather enables year-round surfing lessons, suntanning and sand castle building. Beachfront hotels can be found all over the county. You will pay a bit more for the privilege of staying steps from the sand but it's worth it.

Voted one of America's Top 10 Beaches by the Travel Channel, Coronado Central Beach is right in front of the historic Hotel Del Coronado. Forget your beach gear? This luxury resort, popular with celebrities, politicians and residents, has umbrellas, chairs, boogie boards, surfboards, and volleyballs available for rent as well as a shopping arcade to pick up bathing suits, sunscreen and other necessities.

Up the coast in Del Mar, L'Auberge Del Mar offers a private footpath to the beach and a prime location near Del Mar's finest restaurants and shopping. Though not directly on the beach, it's just right across the street from one of the most popular, family-friendly beaches in North County.  

Also, on our list of 10 best budget hotels, the Ocean Beach Hotel provides guests with a beachfront experience without breaking the bank. It's located in the funky beach neighborhood of Ocean Beach. Walk out on the pier, nosh on burgers or fish tacos, and have a casual beach vacation.

If you're coming to San Diego or a resident looking to staycation, relax at one of the 10 best beachfront hotels.






As a boutique hotel literally a few steps away from the beach, the Ocean Beach Hotel does not disappoint. As the name suggests, the hotel is in the neighborhood of Ocean Beach, a funky beach town north of Point Loma and south of Mission Bay....  Read More



Cape Rey Carlsbad reflects a hip, SoCal lifestyle complete with a location right across from Carlsbad State Beach which is perfect for lounging in the sun, exercise, bird watching and kids. (Though one can happily break from the beach and head...  Read More

Loews Coronado Bay Resort
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Water, water, everywhere. Situated on a private 15-acre peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and Coronado Bay, Loews Coronado Bay Resort is located minutes from downtown Coronado, a charming resort village, and a short drive to San Diego's...  Read More

L'Auberge Del Mar - Destination Hotels & Resorts
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Just a quick walk away from one of San Diego's nicest beaches and Del Mar's finest restaurants, the L'Auberge Del Mar is an excellent vacation choice. The resort is reminiscent of a private, coastal estate, offering 112 plush guest rooms and 8...  Read More



Catamaran Resort is a family-friendly, tropical-themed resort located on Mission Bay. The tranquil bay beach is just outside the door, but if you prefer a beach with ocean, just a few blocks to the sand at Pacific Beach. From garden view rooms...  Read More



Escape to a private 44-acre island tucked away on gentle Mission Bay yet only minutes from downtown San Diego. Find oodles of activities to choose from whether you're seeking fun and adventure, or rest and relaxation. Spend your day lounging by...  Read More

Pacific Beach
Tower23 Hotel


A gem on the Pacific Beach boardwalk, Tower 23 brings chic to an otherwise casual neighborhood. Contemporary rooms with coastal palette make you feel like you're at the beach. JRDN, the trendy hotel restaurant bordering the boardwalk, is popular...  Read More



La Jolla Shores Hotel is right on La Jolla Shores Beach, one of San Diego's most family-friendly. Grab a hotel beach chair, towel and umbrella and park yourself on the sand just steps away from your room. The Shores Restaurant provides...  Read More



Normally a privilege reserved for members of the exclusive La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, accommodations here offer up a stay on one of Southern California's only private beaches, where a glass of wine in the sand is perfectly okay. Guests...  Read More



The iconic red roof has become one of San Diego's most recognizable symbols. The beachfront Hotel del Coronado is filled with 130 years of history. Guest have included 11 Presidents, royalty, and countless movie stars. This luxurious National...  Read More


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Katie Dillon originally moved to the seaside community of La Jolla to attend UC San Diego. When the opportunity presented itself, she and her husband set off for a 7 year stint overseas as...  More About Katie