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Where to Stay on the Beaches of San Diego   by Jamey Savage

San Diego California is famous for its beaches, and laid-back tranquility. Keeping this in mind it's hard to visit San Diego without going to, at least, one beach. The only thing that would make for a better visit is finding a place to stay in San Diego that's right on the beach. This article will be focusing on places to stay in Mission Bay, and Pacific Beach hotels.

For many businesses and hotel's one of the most important aspects is location, location, location. The Dana on Mission Bay is the place for an unforgettable stay in San Diego. With a picture-perfect waterfront setting on Mission Bay less than a mile from the beach, The Dana offers everything for the perfect stay. They are the closest hotel to SeaWorld and within minutes of San Diego's most popular things to do, and attractions including the San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park, and Balboa Park! Shuttle service is available for arriving and departing guests to the Airport, Amtrak, and Cruise Ship Terminal. SeaWorld shuttle service is also available, and the schedule varies based upon park hours. All shuttle service is limited, based upon availability, and is subject to change. The Dana on Mission Bay offers beautifully appointed rooms and suites nestled among tropical landscapes in the heart of San Diego's Mission Bay Aquatic Park. A wide variety of accommodations and amenities are available and you'll find that the staff is ready to assist you. After all, service is what they're known for and they want your visit to San Diego to be everything you hoped for.

With all the places to stay in San Diego you can hope for the best, and be prepared for it. Experience the beautifully reborn Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina. A stunning $65 million transformation brings the epitome of California coastal chic to our San Diego hotel, with incredible ocean views, waterfront dining, a contemporary poolside lounge, an eco-friendly spa, and redesigned guest rooms and meeting rooms. Delight in a water playground with three new pools and multiple water slides, waterfront health club, and a full-service marina with jet skis, sailboats, kayaks, sports fishing and whale excursions - everything you could wish for in a San Diego California hotel. Coupled with our premier location close to famous sights, our luxurious new hotel in San Diego, California has become the unparalleled choice for discerning travelers.

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Relaxing and rejuvenating by day, the Pacific Terrace Hotel is conveniently located near some of the finest oceanfront dining, shopping and entertainment that San Diego has to offer, providing an ever-enticing nightlife or an uplifting day-around-town. Overlooking the white sandy beaches of San Diego, the Four-Diamond Pacific Terrace Hotel stands between the sun and the surf, and strikes the perfect balance between comfort and luxury, serenity and inspiration. This Hotel has got all the extra amenities you'd expect from a San Diego luxury resort, like gated underground parking, complimentary wine reception in the evening, complimentary continental breakfast in the morning, and an outdoor pool with a spa and an expansive sundeck adjacent to the ocean, a calm and private setting where you can watch the ocean while you sunbathe or have a massage. With a breathtaking view and well-groomed, spacious bedrooms you can't help but enjoy the Ocean Park Inn. Whether you bask in the sun at poolside or walk a few steps to one of San Diego's finest beaches, you will see why so many people vacation here. Ocean Park Inn is conveniently located near La Jolla a city world renowned for its unique shopping treasures. La Jolla is also noted for its fine galleries and quality restaurants for every preference. Enjoy dining in one of Pacific Beach's quaint seafood restaurants or hit the town for a dining experience to remember. Ocean Park Inn is located just minutes from Sea World, the San Diego Zoo, downtown San Diego and the San Diego International Airport. So whatever the reason for your visit find your place to stay at the Ocean Park Inn.

For many people who decide to travel getting away from it all starts with taking away all of the stress that drove you to a vacation in the first place. The Catamaran Resort & Spa offers casual elegance in a tropical paradise, with acres of exotic trees and plants bordered by a white sand beach at the edge of Mission Bay. The Catamaran's spacious rooms are decorated in a Tropical decor. All of these rooms offer a patio or balcony, and include refrigerators, hair dryers, coffee makers, irons and ironing boards, in room movies & video games, and high speed internet access. Resort Amenities include the award winning Atoll restaurant, Moray's cocktail lounge, a large heated pool & Jacuzzi, full service water sports rental department, bicycle rentals, and the Catamaran Resort Spa, a world class health and wellness facility.

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Not everyone has seen pictures of Southern California in movies to posters sent just about every television station out there. If that's the kind of vacation you're looking for then Paradise Point Resort & Spa may be for you. It's Southern California, just as you've pictured it-blue skies, towering palms and a landscape exploding with color. And it's all here outside your plush bungalow. Step onto your lanai to find cloudless skies, lapping waves, soft sand beaches and lush gardens. Sound like paradise? You may just have found it at Paradise Point Resort & Spa-a private 44-acre island tucked away on Mission Bay, minutes from the heart of San Diego. Maybe your idea of the perfect vacation is simply stretching out next to a pool with a refreshing cocktail and doing little else. Or perhaps you're an explorer, eager to soak up as many Southern California experiences as each day allows. From spa services to water sports, the resort alone provides enough activities to keep every type of traveler happy.

For those travelers who believe that a vacation just isn't a vacation, without falling asleep to the sounds of the waves crashing on the shore, the Pacific Shores Inn has the answer. The Inn is just steps away from the glimmering Pacific Ocean at Mission Beach and Boardwalk, San Diego's most action-packed area with over two and a half miles of shops, restaurants, and nightlife, with plenty of places to run, jog, roller blade and bike ride. Each of their rooms and has been newly updated, and all rooms include refrigerators, microwaves, cable television with HBO, and a variety of other amenities. With their cheerful and contemporary decor, you'll either feel right at home, or as far away from it as you like. Hotel amenities include an outdoor pool, complimentary breakfast, complimentary newspaper, and outdoor grill and patio for all of our guests to enjoy. Their friendly staff and comfortable accommodations will make you feel right at home.

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Comfort Inn & Suites Hotel Circle Seaworld Area
The Comfort Inn & Suites® Hotel Circle SeaWorld Area is conveniently located off Interstate 8 on Hotel Circle. Area attractions include SeaWorld San Diego, the San Diego Zoo, Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, the Gaslamp Quarter and Riverwalk Golf Club. The Westfield Mission Valley mall and Fashion Valley mall are just five minutes away from this San Diego, CA hotel. Guests will appreciate proximity to the city's world-famous beaches and downtown San Diego, California. Numerous restaurants and lounges can be found nearby, including Ricky's Cafe located on hotel premises.
Days Hotel - Hotel Circle San Diego
It's all about value, comfort, and convenience at the Days Hotel - Hotel Circle, one of the premier Mission Valley hotels. Just minutes from major San Diego, CA attractions  including Sea World and the San Diego Zoo, we offer leisure and business travelers everything necessary to relax and enjoy — including free parking and complimentary transportation to the airport and San Diego's major area attractions. We are the premier destination for Mission Valley hotels in San Diego. Our Chairman's Award winning hotel provides the best accommodations value under the sun.
Doubletree Hotel San Diego Downtown
off I-5, this Doubletree Hotel is in San Diego’s north business district, within a mile of the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, and Petco Park. Ocean Beach is about 5 miles away.  The hotel has an outdoor pool, spa tub, and fitness center overlooking the downtown San Diego skyline. A casual restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, with focus on California cuisine. Room service is available from early morning till late evening. The Doubletree offers a complimentary airport shuttle. Guestrooms feature views of the downtown skyline and San Diego Bay. All have signature bedding with plush-top mattresses and jumbo hypoallergenic down pillows. Coffeemakers brew Wolfgang Puck coffee. Desks come with ergonomic chairs. 
Hard Rock Hotel San Diego
The Hard Rock Hotel San Diego is located in San Diego, Calif. The hotel overlooks the Gaslamp Quarter, historic stomping grounds of Wyatt Earp. San Diego Convention Center stands adjacent to the hotel, and PETCO Park is one block away. The hotel is located two miles from San Diego International Airport. Designed by architect Graham Downes, the hotel's interior sports ultra-modern décor in vibrant colors. A social platform, the rooftop pool deck is surrounded by landscaped gardens. The poolside Float Bar offers private cabanas furnished with leather seating, flat-screen televisions and minibars. On the main floor, the 207 Bar offers a casual spot to enjoy sports entertainment on flat-screen televisions in the lobby.
Hilton San Diego Mission Valley
The Hilton San Diego Mission Valley hotel is located one-half mile from Mission Valley malls in San Diego, Calif. The hotel is two miles north of Balboa Park and Old Town. Qualcomm Stadium, home of the San Diego Chargers, is two miles east of the property. This hotel's marble-floored lobby features historic missions murals and a winding staircase with brass banisters. Dining is offered at STISH which derives its name from the combination of "Steak" and "Fish." The restaurant serves mainly seafood and steak cuisine and offers a variety of traditional and non-traditional dishes utilizing only fresh, local ingredients. The executive lounge is closed on Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.
Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Rising 30-stories above the edge of San Diego Bay the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel is the West Coast's newest waterfront hotel. Fusing a dynamic waterfront location, sun and sea-inspired design and casually sophisticated vibe, this San Diego, CA hotel offers an immersion into the essence of the city's unique coastal culture and lifestyle. For the first time, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel opens a front-door to San Diego's vibrant waterfront, providing unparalleled views and direct access to San Diego Bay. The hotel is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center, across the street from PETCO Park, home of the San Diego Padres and minutes from the San Diego International Airport (SAN).
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina San Diego
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina is located in San Diego, Calif., adjacent to the Mission Bay Aquatic Park. The hotel is one-quarter mile from SeaWorld Adventure Park and Mission Beach. Marina Village Conference Center is one-half mile away. The hotel is three miles from Historic Old Town. The hotel has an 17-story tower with views of the Pacific Ocean, Mission Bay and gardens. The hotel features jogging and cycling paths and offers bicycle rentals. The property also features an eco-friendly spa offering facials, massages, body treatments, manicures and pedicures. Other amenities of this hotel include three new pools, multiple water slides, a waterfront fitness center and a full-service marina. Red Marlin serves California-modern cuisine with an emphasis on sustainable, organic ingredients and boasts bayside views.
Marriott San Diego Hotel And Marina
Marriott San Diego Hotel and Marina is positioned on the waterfront in scenic San Diego, Calif. This property is adjacent to the San Diego Convention Center, Seaport Village and the historic Gaslamp Quarter. The smoke-free Marriott San Diego Hotel and Marina consists of two gracefully curved towers and a 446-slip private marina. A marble-floored lobby leads to Molly's Restaurant and bar which serves seafood, steaks, and seasonal local produce. LC's is open for breakfast. DW's Irish Pub serves imported draft beers, boasts a single-malt scotch collection and prepares traditional pub fare. A Starbuck's outlet serves specialty coffees and pastries. A business center offers fax, photocopy, messenger and notary public services.
Sheraton San Diego Hotel, Mission Valley
Our hotel is centrally located just minutes from San Diego’s many major attractions, including Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego State University, the San Diego Zoo, local beaches, the historic Gaslamp District, and more. Mission Valley’s two premier shopping malls are nearby as well.  After a full day spent with family and friends, relax in warm, comfortable surroundings. Unwind over a sumptuous meal at Cru Bistro or with a favorite cocktail at Cru Bistro Bar. Or retreat to one of our 260 beautifully appointed, stunning guest rooms overlooking Mission Valley. Plan your day over a scrumptious breakfast and get ready to explore nearby attractions, such as Seaport Village, Balboa Park, or Belmont Park. Or spend your days relaxing by the pool and spa or working out in our state-of-the-art fitness center.
The Dana On Mission Bay - Sea World, San Diego
A half-mile from SeaWorld via complimentary shuttle, this San Diego resort hotel occupies 13 acres along Mission Bay. Ocean Beach is about a mile from The Dana, and the San Diego Zoo is 5.5 miles away. A bayside infinity pool offers views of the hotel's private marina, while a seasonal tropical pool includes a game area. Spa tubs are adjacent to both pools. Dining options include an American restaurant and a casual lounge with pool views. Wireless Internet access (surcharge) is available throughout the hotel. Guestrooms are located in two areas: Water’s Edge and Marina Cove. Water’s Edge rooms include bay-view balconies and sofa beds. Marina Cove rooms have marina, pool, or courtyard views, or non-views. All non-smoking.
Westgate Hotel San Diego
The Westgate Hotel pays homage to an anteroom in Versaille, France, by transferring the castle's stylistic beauty to this elegant property in downtown San Diego, Calif. Located across the street from the renowned Horton Plaza and two blocks from the historic Gaslamp Quarter, this hotel stands one mile from Balboa Park and the San Diego Zoo. A world of opulence features a gilded lobby furnished with French and Flemish tapestries, Persian rugs, and a grand staircase that plateaus adjacent to one of the first five pianos made by Steinway. The hotel's European refinement attracts artists, dignitaries and celebrities with property amenities that include weekday formal teas. The hotel is graced with European antiques, including a seven-foot-long, 18th-century desk used by the concierge. Built by Henri Dasson, this desk is the twin of another located in the king's bedchamber in Versailles
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Whale Watching: a Must-Do in the Scenic City of San Diego   by Jeff Paul

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Every year, especially in the months of December through March, thousands of people troop to San Diego - California's second largest city. Among its most popular attractions is the whale watching tours held at the La Jolla Shores.

Located twelve miles north of the city's downtown district and 40 miles south of Orange County, La Jolla is nothing but the perfect site for these tours. It sits along the Pacific Ocean on the country's west coast and offers a breathtaking view of the skyline. In addition, people in the region are known to enjoy pleasant weather all year round, making the resort community a haven for tourists and shoppers from colder climates.

Most importantly, La Jolla has sites where grey whales passing through during their annual migration can be seen, making the area ideal for whale watching. The whales travel 10,000 miles from the Arctic Ocean to the birthing grounds in Baja, Mexico.

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Visitors go whale watching to see the creatures in their natural environment as they come up over the water for air. Some of the whales leap from the water and crash down, creating a splash of seawater; slap their tails or flippers, or do something called a spy-hop, which involves the whale rising and holding a position slightly above the surface.

The amazing sight is a refreshing break especially for families on holidays, and a treat for nature lovers. Schools also sponsor whale watching tours, which can serve to stimulate the children's imaginations and provide an excellent opportunity for them to learn about marine life.

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While tourists can watch the creatures from the shore, most outdoor enthusiasts explain that there is no better way to enjoy the experience than from a kayak. By paddling a short distance from the shore, kayakers can interact with whales - and on a lucky day, with dolphins, seals and sea lions as well.

Resource Box: Hike Bike Kayak Sports arranges whale watching tours in the lovely La Jolla shores in San Diego, California. Visit HikeBikeKayak.com for more information about their San Diego kayaking, biking, surfing, snorkeling and hiking tours, or call 858-551-951 for inquiries.

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