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Hi we are planning a trip to California next year and our final 5 nights will be spent in San Diego. We are looking for a hotel with a good swimming pool near to a sandy beach where we can just relax after 2 weeks travelling. Any suggestions on beaches and then I can look for hotels.

Many thanks.

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1. Re: Beaches

Hi,

Will you have a car and be able to explore our lovely city or truly just hang at the beach?

Who all is in your travel group? I ask because we have many beaches and all have different personalities/vibes. Hotels are at very varying price levels so knowing when you are coming and what budget you might have for lodging may also affect which beach we suggest.

Also not sure what you might mean by "good swimming pool". IF you are a family with children and are looking for slides or other special pool activities , they are very rare her. Most hotels, especially by the ocean, have basic rectangular pools.

The more you tell us the better we can help you make decisions.

Perhaps taking a look at this web site will be a starting point:

http://www.a-zsandiegobeaches.com/

Some of these areas are within the city of San Diego and some are in the surrounding county of the same name.

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Hi prior to visiting San Diego we will have spent 2 weeks in San Fransico, Yosemite, Carmel, Monterrey, Pismo, Santa Baraba and LA so we will have a car. We are a family with 2 daughters aged 15 and 20. We will be coming in July to August looking at spending around 250 used per night on our hotel in San Diego area.

We don't need slides just a decent sized rectangular pool near the ocean.

Thanks

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I have been looking at Loews Coronado, is this a good location?

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Lowes is a very nice property across the street from the beach. You have a car which is a must for Lowes. It's in Coronado which is a great spot to be but it's about 3-4 miles South of where the shops, restaurants and bars in Coronado are, it's kind of isolated in that regard. The Hotel Del Coronado would be the ideal spot to stay but I'm guessing rates will be twice as much as Lowes.

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Thanks we do need to be within walking distance ideally.. These are just early ideas. I would though appreciate some views on beaches we after ideally a white sandy beach.

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The beaches will all be white sandy ones except for the small rock enclosed(cove) beaches at La Jolla Cove. The Loews has a walkway so you don't have to cross a busy road to get to the ocean.

An older hotel with a kitchy Hawaiian feel is the Catamaran. The hotel is in Mission Bay Park which has manmade bays for water activities, grassy areas, and cement paths for walking/biking/skating etc. It is 1 block from the ocean at Pacific Beach which also has a cement pathway that we call a "boardwalk". The neighborhood has a low key surfer feel with low key bars/restaurants and shops. There are many other hotels that line the oceanfront here including the Pacific Terrace and the Ocean Park Inn or the Blue Sea Hotel. They are at different price points so check and see which may suit you.

Pacific Beach runs north to a pier and then going south it is called Mission Beach where you'll find Belmont Park and old fashioned seaside amusement park with an old wooden roller coaster.

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If you want to be in walking distance to restaurants, shops, etc. have a look at Glorietta Bay Inn. The Coronado Marriott is a nice location with restaurants next door and it's about a 20 min walk to the beach.

Otherwise, I'd look to Pacific Beach.

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+1 for Catamarran Resort.

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Does the Catamaran have a pool?

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Yes!

catamaranresort.com/san-diego-resorts/…