If you’re cruising in Southern California, you might want to think about taking advantage of the many marinas that are run by hotels in San Diego, one of the prime boating destinations on the West Coast. You can get the best of both worlds, land and sea, by tying up at one of the city’s first-class marinas and then making use of the hotel’s amenities on shore. Here are some ideas from The Log.
One of the largest of these is Kona Kai Marina on Shelter Island, part of the decidedly upscale Kona Kai Resort (pictured above). The marina, which claims to be the closest one in San Diego to the ocean, has more than 500 slips for boats from 30 to 250 feet. And you can use the resort’s amenities including a private beach, spa and pool, plus jet skis, paddleboards and kayaks.
Also on Shelter Island, the Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel and Marina is a bit more affordable and has facilities for boats from 20 to 200 feet, plus access to the hotel’s restaurants, whirlpool spa, fitness center and outdoor heated pools.
In the heart of Downtown San Diego, the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina has great views of the bay, and is within walking distance to the City Walk, Gaslamp Quarter, Seaport Village and Petco Park, and it’s next to the Convention Center. The Marriott is a four-star hotel, with first-class amenities, including two freeform swimming pools and a spa. The marina, with slips for boats from 25 to 125 feet, offers long-term, monthly and nightly rentals.
Over on Mission Bay, next to SeaWorld, Paradise Point Hotel and Marina, which is modeled on a tropical island resort, has a private full-service marina with small boat rentals. The hotel has a mile of sandy beach, five swimming pools and dock-and-dine options at the Barefoot Bar & Grill. Read more: