Best California Resorts: Paradise Point Resort & Spa

On the waters of San Diego's Mission Bay sits Paradise Point Resort & Spa, 44-acres of luxury accommodations set against the backdrop of the island landscape. Paradise Point offers countless recreational activities for families and couples, with venues and accommodations for weddings, conferences and more. Located next to SeaWorld and minutes from renowned attractions like the San Diego Zoo and Balboa Park, the resort reflects the culture of San Diego and the island with its waterfront restaurants, award-winning spa and private marina.

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1. Rooms, suites and restaurants

Paradise Point Resort & Spa offers 462 pet-friendly rooms in styles ranging from beachfront bungalows to hotel suites

Standard rooms located near the main lobby and pool feature two queen beds, deluxe bath, and private patio. The resort's most popular option, Lanai Rooms, offer garden views with connecting room options for groups and families, and an upgraded premium option with a walk-in closet, wet bar, and bay views.

The resort's suites range from Fireplace Junior Suites, suitable for a couple's retreat, to Presidential and Executive Suites for corporate groups, large families, or anyone seeking more space and luxury. Suite amenities include separate bedroom, living and dining areas, in-room fireplace and direct views of Mission Bay.

With full living and dining areas and a separate bedroom, Paradise Point Bungalows add a residential feel to your San Diego getaway. Located steps from Mission Bay or nestled in the island's private gardens, one bedroom with king-size bed bathrooms also offer a queen sleeper sofa in the living room, dining table, wet bar and spacious patio.


The resort's beachfront restaurant, The Barefoot Bar & Grill, echoes the local seaside culture with American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

A casual dining spot on the shores of Mission Bay, Tidal serves local seafood and craft drinks that change with the seasons. The former 1960s beach house features outdoor seating and communal tables perfect for ordering potlucks and hosting group gatherings.

Housed in a Cold War-era bunker, Caveman Pizza Company serves pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches for dine-in, takeout or bungalow delivery. For a taste of Baja California, guests can sample seasonal Tex-Mex offerings at Tropics Cantina, located by the resort's main pool.

2. Spa, weddings and conferences

Voted by Cond as one of the top 100 resort spas in the country. Nast Traveler, The Spa at Paradise Point combines rituals from islands around the world with local ingredients for professional services in an exotic oasis setting.

The Spa offers authentic tropical techniques such as Balinese massage and the Ofuro wooden milk tub, along with state-of-the-art medical-grade facials, couples services, and daily and seasonal specials. Nail, waxing, and bridal services are also available at The Salon.

Weddings and Conferences

Paradise Point offers various wedding venues, from the beach to lush tropical gardens to accommodate everything from small vow renewals to elaborate ceremonies. The resort's ballrooms make it an ideal reception venue with windows and terraces that show off Mission Bay and Paradise Point's private gardens. The resort's events team has curated a "Best of Weddings" selection from The Knot bridal magazine and is available to coordinate a wide range of wedding events, from traditional rehearsal dinners and bachelor parties to bridal showers before of the wedding or bonfires in front of the sea.

The Spa at Paradise Point is equipped to provide full bridal hair, makeup and nail services with special bridal and wedding packages.

As one of the 10 largest conference hotels in San Diego, Paradise Point can accommodate banquets, business meetings, birthday parties and other celebrations with a total of more than 80,000 square feet of event space.

3. More

Recreational activities

Situated on San Diego's Mission Bay, water is central to recreation at Paradise Point. The resort offers five pools, including the main pool at its state-of-the-art fitness center, along with hot tubs, white-sand beaches with sand volleyball, bocce and horseshoes, and a full-service private marina with access to kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding, water skiing and other water activities.

Paradise Surf Academy helps guests of all ages master the waves with instruction 3 from experienced resort staff. The Sunset Duffy Cruise takes 6 passengers for a private 90-minute tour of Mission Bay and coastal sunset views. Groups of up to four guests can sign up to try waterskiing, wakeboarding, or kneeboarding. Guests can also learn to take one of the resort's sailboats or let the Paradise Point staff take the lead for a more relaxed ride on the water. Nearby Dana Landing offers rental fishing equipment and a fleet of fishing yachts for half-day to 2-day charter trips.

Traditional sports also make their home at Paradise Point, including tennis, basketball, croquet, and ping-pong, as well as golf at the 18-hole golf course.

Children's activities

Paradise Point offers activities to keep families with children entertained, from toddlers to teens. With a trip to the Island Market for supplies, guests can whip up s'mores at one of the resort's 12 fire pits along the beach. The Island Adventure Club Bungalow offers a place for children ages 4-12 to engage in creative and educational activities, with private babysitting services available. From May to September, guests can watch classic movies on a big screen projector while relaxing by the pool. The Spa at Paradise Point offers special services just for kids, and many sports and recreational lessons and activities at the marina can also accommodate children.