Tropical Island Resort near San Diego
Awarded a AAA Four Diamond award, Paradise Point Resort & Spa sits on a secluded 44-acre island across Mission Bay from San Diego’s Mission Beach. The resort’s grounds overflow with palm trees and tropical flowers near quiet lagoons and sugary beaches. A 70-foot observation tower at the center of the resort provides an especially good vantage point for enjoying the scenery.
Amid tropical gardens blooming with orchids and bird-of-paradise blossoms, bungalows that look like they came straight from the South Pacific house the resort’s spacious rooms and suites. Interiors feature batik-print floral patterns, teak furnishings, and black porcelain tiles.
The resort’s onsite restaurant, Tidal, was listed as a top 10 restaurant of 2014 by San Diego Magazine. There you can enjoy patio dining and fresh seafood dishes; head to beach- and poolside grills for casual fare and colorful cocktails. The onsite spa administers relaxing and rejuvenating face and body treatments using practices perfected in Indonesia, Hawaii, Fiji, and other tropical locales.
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.