The unofficial start to Summer 2023 is just around the corner, and there is no better place to celebrate than in America’s Finest City. With pristine coastline, a lively downtown scene and countless numbers of outdoor activities for every type of traveler, San Diego offers more than just a pretty beach. Here are five unique neighborhoods in San Diego that are perfect for any Memorial Day Weekend traveler escaping the heat in Arizona. 

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Mission Bay: San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Set alongside Mission Bay, San Diego Mission Bay Resort is the perfect destination for families looking for a bayside escape. The property offers kid friendly highlights like a wading pool, bonfires + s’mores nights, resort games and offers close proximity to some of the city’s most popular attractions like Belmont Park, Sea World, Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, and LEGOLAND.

Downtown San Diego: Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina

For downtown dwellers, Marriott Marquis is conveniently located in between San Diego’s famed Gaslamp District and buzzy Seaport Village. The newly-renovated hotel boasts two towers of stunning guest rooms that face the skyline or San Diego harbor, six on-site dining options, a brand new Topgolf Swing Suite along with a fitness center, two outdoor pools and a 446-slip marina..

Del Mar: L’Auberge Del Mar

Just a short drive up the California coastline is L’Auberge Del Mar, a stunning resort that is reminiscent of a private seaside estate. Following a recent renovation, this iconic Del Mar institution boasts luxurious guest rooms, an upscale pool and pool bar overlooking the Pacific Ocean, an inviting “Living Room” lobby area and a seafood-forward, al fresco dining experience, Adelaide. 

Shelter Island: Kona Kai Resort & Spa

Set alongside its own private beach on Shelter Island, Kona Kai Resort & Spa offers everything from waterfront dining at Vessel Restaurant, swanky spa treatments at SpaTerra, to private cabanas and poolside cocktails. Guests can also treat themselves to a day of play at its private beach, with paddleboard and canoe rentals at its on-site Action Sports Rentals center.

La Jolla: Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Tucked away in the luxe locale of La Jolla, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa exudes charm with rancho-inspired architectural design and bountiful gardens. Estancia boasts comfortable accommodations, three on-site dining destinations, full-service spa, and stunning grounds that make the property feel like a secret garden. To celebrate spring and summer, Estancia’s Greenfinch Bar is now In Bloom with a floral-focused pop-up experience that will surely overpower any lingering May Gray.