San Diego's Paradise Point Resort isn't merely a place to rest your head during a stay in America's Finest City. This hotel is a destination unto itself. Indeed, you may not need to ever leave the resort during your vacation. (But with all that San Diego has to offer families, you should drag yourself away from this paradise at least for a while to explore!) Here's my review and tips for staying at the Paradise Point Resort with kids.
Why Paradise Point Resort with kids
I have wanted to stay at Paradise Point Resort ever since I scoped it out as a potential place to tie the knot with my now husband of 13+ years. We got engaged in Minnesota just one week before we moved to San Diego. I spent much of the next year driving around to every hotel in town and Paradise Point stuck out in my memory. Such much so, in fact, that it was the first (and only) hotel I contacted regarding a possible stay during my family's first trip back to our longtime, beloved home town of San Diego after our sudden move this summer. Did it live up to my expectations after all these years? Absolutely!
As close to Hawaii as you can get without flying
Want to take a trip to Hawaii but can't quite afford the airplane tickets? Book a stay at Paradise Point instead! This resort is as close as you'll get to a Hawaiian vacation in California. I kept having to remind myself that I was in my former hometown of San Diego, and not on Maui. The lush tropical grounds are home to many birds, turtles and fishies. When you drive up to the lobby to check in, you'll see a pond with look out tower and a fountain that creates a perpetual rainbow.
If you can afford it, book a bungalow instead of a standard room. In addition to extra space (a living room, separate bedroom, and kitchenette), you'll be treated to an incredible view of San Diego Bay. You'll literally be steps from the beach, where you can build a bonfire at night for roasting marshmallows to make s'mores and sweet vacation memories.
San Diego Bay
The water is shallow and the waves mellow, making San Diego Bay a wonderful choice for traveling families. Whereas the Pacific Ocean's crashing waves can be intimidating for young children, here kids can play safely while parents sit nearby in beach chairs.
There's plenty of water fun available for rental from the Paradise Point Marina. Enjoy the beauty of the bay via jet ski, sail boat, speed boat, or stand up paddle board. You can also book a water ski or wake boarding adventure, or take a water taxi to visit nearby SeaWorld San Diego.
Dining options at Paradise Point Resort
Each morning, I ate my breakfast on our veranda to take in the view of the Coronado Bridge and San Diego Bay. Room service is available or you can walk over to the coffee stand in the lobby for java and baked goods or to the Barefoot Bar & Grill to grab something more substantial, like a Breakfast Burrito or Crunchy Toast (French toast coated with Frosted Flakes). My family brought along a few snacks to store in our mini fridge too. While there is no oven or stove top, a microwave is available to heat things up and a coffee maker got put to good use during our stay.
One night my husband and I hired a babysitter to celebrate birthdays (mine, my husband's, and two friends') at Paradise Point's fine-dining restaurant, Tidal. Sit outside (near a heater) for gorgeous views of the bay amid twinkling lights or choose the dining room with its modern nautical decor. The focus here is on fresh seafood. The winning dish of the night was a seasonal offering of pasta served with lump crab meat and a sinfully creamy sauce.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Barefoot Bar & Grill is where to go for casual fare like salads, sandwiches and burgers. In summer, this is THE place to be for their Sunday Fundays Summer Concert Series. I remember whiling away a couple of delightful pre-kid afternoons here many summers ago. Bloody Mary, anyone?
Right next door to the Barefoot Bar & Grill is the Caveman Pizza Company, handy for pick-up or delivery for an easy family night in or when you want to book a sitter.
What else to do at Paradise Point and beyond
Paradise Point Resort boasts five hotel pools and Jacuzzis scattered throughout the 44-acre property. Although we were disappointed to find the poolside bar and grill closed during our off-season stay in October, we had plenty of fun swimming in the resort's large main pool with its zero-entry and adjacent fountains.
My family explored Paradise Point and the surrounding Pacific Beach area from atop two wheels. Rent bicycles and surreys from the gift shop. During the month of October, many San Diego hotels and attractions offer discounts and freebies for children as part of Kids Free San Diego and Paradise Point is no exception. Our kiddos were able to peddle for free during our stay.
We had a ball playing tourists in what had been our hometown for many years. Of course, when we lived in San Diego, we never got to stumble out of bed and on to the beach like we did at Paradise Point Resort. Our visit made me feel a tinge homesick but I had to remind myself that we can always return to San Diego and the kid-friendly paradise of Paradise Point another time. For now, I'll just have to daydream.
Want to know what else to do with kids in the area? Check out my picks for the best 15 attractions for kids in San Diego.
What's your favorite thing to do with kids in San Diego? Let us know in the comments below!
A Note from The Travel Mama: Thank you to Paradise Point Resort for hosting my family's stay and my husband and my dinner at Tidal for purposes of this review. All opinions are mine, as always.