There are many reasons why San Diego is on every spring and summer travel list, for every kind of traveler. San Diego offers an impressive array of sandy beaches, booming neighborhoods with their own distinctive cultures, world-class attractions all along its 70 miles of pristine California coastline. So if you are looking for spring break or summer travel option, these six stunning San Diego destinations should be on your radar – from a swanky, new wellness outpost in Carlsbad to a booming hospitality hub in Downtown or a selection of waterfront resorts all along the SD coastline.

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L’Auberge Del Mar | Del Mar

Located along the coastline of San Diego is L’Auberge Del Mar, a luxury waterfront property that overlooks the Pacific Ocean – an idyllic destination for a San Diego spring break trip or a luxury beach vacation this spring or summer. With charming architecture, L’Auberge Del Mar closely resembles a private seaside estate and offers premier access to the village of Del Mar and 15th Street Beach. This intimate hotel presents 121 recently refurbished guest rooms and suites, a full service beach house-style spa, a private beach path, tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center and a peaceful pool area with leisure and whirlpools. The resort also offers an array of dining and drink selections including Adelaide for ocean view al fresco dining and California-inspired seafood cuisine, Living Room Bar for handcrafted cocktails and tasty appetizers, and the lively poolside bar for libations and nibbles. 

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa | La Jolla

Following a recent multi-million dollar renovation, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa exudes warm service sun-drenched in charm with rancho-inspired architectural design. Conveniently located next to some of La Jolla’s best beaches, Estancia La Jolla shines each season with its 10 acres of beautifully-manicured lawns, three outstanding on-site dining destinations, a full-service spa with specialized and seasonal treatments, and 210 redesigned guest rooms. Additionally, Estancia also offers weekly wellness programs like outdoor yoga + barre classes, a brand new apiary and Chef’s Garden, along with an impressive lineup of spring and summer events including the resort’s annual Agave Fest each June.

San Diego Mission Bay Resort | Mission Bay

San Diego Mission Bay Resort is a luxurious, full-service resort situated among lush gardens, only steps from the beach on scenic Mission Bay. Ideal for travelers of all types, the resort offers 357 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites; multiple dining options including Covewood, the signature waterfront dining experience spotlighting California coastal cuisine; a 4,000-square-foot pool area with spacious cabanas overlooking the bay; a fully equipped fitness center and a luxurious wellness oasis at Spa Brezza; multiple pickleball and tennis courts and access to inspired recreational experiences including paddleboarding, jet skis, bicycles and more. 

Kona Kai San Diego | Shelter Island/Point Loma, San Diego

Nestled in the secret oasis that is Shelter Island, Kona Kai San Diego is the perfect destination for families, couples and groups looking to soak up the San Diego sun. Kona Kai boasts a family-friendly and adults-only pool; an in-house wellness oasis, Spa Brezza; waterfront dining at Vessel Restaurant + Bar; a private beach and a  520-slip marina. To make the most of this waterfront experience, guests can also ride a complimentary beach cruiser around the island or check out the resort’s on-site Action Sports Rental center to paddleboard, kayak, or boat around the bay. 

Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina | Downtown San Diego

Boasting a recent multi-million dollar reinvention to its interiors, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina is the perfect launching pad for guests looking to explore all that Downtown San Diego has to offer. On property, Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina boasts stunning views of the San Diego bay and Downtown city skyline, 1,366 refreshed guest rooms and suites, six on-site dining options, a spa, fitness center, two outdoor pools, 446-slip marina, and Top Golf Swing Suite simulators.

Miraval Life in Balance Spa Aviara at Park Hyatt Aviara | Carlsbad

A leader in transformative wellbeing destinations, Miraval Resort recently launched Miraval Life in Balance Spa Aviara at Park Hyatt Aviara, a new outpost along Southern California’s picturesque Pacific coastline and the only Miraval Life in Balance Spa location outside the three full-scale resorts in Tucson, Ariz., Austin, Texas and Lenox, Mass. This spring, guests and locals can take wellbeing to the next level with the spa’s array of unique, globally-inspired treatments including Vasudhara, an award-winning sensory water experience or Nâga, a Thai deep-tissue massage facilitated by a provider suspended in hanging silks. Other spa experiences range from rejuvenating skincare, traditional and prenatal massage, body renewal rituals, nail care, reflexology, craniosacral and Reiki practices.