4-star suites with ocean views and private balconies, just 25 minutes from San Diego; stay includes a dining credit
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Hotel at a Glance: Pier South Resort
A typical day at the 4-star Pier South Resort centers on the beach. Guests ride Pacific waves on the hotel’s surfboards and sunbathe on lounge chairs in the sand. Ocean breezes waft across the rooftop during yoga classes, and a nightly reception invites everyone to enjoy drinks and snacks as the sun sets over the water.
- Included with this Getaway: the daily resort fee and a $20 per stay food and beverage credit
- Resort fee includes:
- Access to beach gear: umbrellas, chairs, boogie boards, surfboards, and football/frisbees, and beach cruiser bikes
- Tijuana bike tour: daily optional bike tour to the estuary near Tijuana, Mexico
- Daily fitness classes: 3 daily fitness classes including rooftop yoga
- Nightly sunset reception: includes hummus, veggies, pita, and complimentary wine and beers
- Right by the beach: with access to an outdoor pool and hot tub
- King suites are decorated in hues reminiscent of the sand and surf and have private balconies with partial or full ocean views.
- Sea 180º Coastal Tavern serves up locally sourced seafood and California wines and craft beers, plus 180-degree views of the waterfront.
- Signature spa treatment: The D’Ames California massage eases muscle tension with Swedish strokes and warm stones and smoothes skin with avocado-infused Epicuren lotion; additional fees apply.
- Things to do in Imperial Beach, California: The Imperial Beach Pier is about a four-minute walk away, and guests can borrow the hotel’s bikes to cruise the Bayshore Bikeway.
San Diego, California: Historical Attractions and Electric Nightlife in Southern California
San Diego’s sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted vacationing out-of-towners, but the city’s inland scene is no slouch, either. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably the trendiest listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.
A stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. There’s also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.
Farther north, in Old Town—site of the first European settlement in California—shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful wrestling masks, woven baskets, and maracas. Nearby stands the Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture, eerie dolls, and squeegees for ectoplasm cleanup.