14 Spectacular San Diego Pools Offering Resort Passes

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Summer is on the horizon and keeping the kiddos entertained when the temps rise is a lot more fun when you’ve got a pool to escape to. The good news is you can treat yourself to a resort day pass at a luxe San Diego resort and take advantage of the coolest, most decked-out pools in town. You don’t need to pack an overnight bag or budget for a pricey resort stay, just grab the SPF, and get ready to splash the day away. Staycation vibes start right now with these 17 local hotel pools.

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Omni La Costa Resort & Spa

family at la costa omni resort and spa pool day pass

Everyone in your family from babies to big kids will love spending the day at the glorious Omni La Costa Resort & Spa pools. Even if your visit only lasts an afternoon, you’ll feel as rejuvenated as if you’d gone on a mini-vacation at this slice of paradise. You’re spoiled for choice with an array of pools that all beckon you for a refreshing dip. The Sandy Beach Family Pool is perfect for tots and little kids due to its shallow beach entry and for the fact that kids can build sandcastles and play in the sand. The Splash Landing Pools will keep big kids entertained for hours. There are not one, but two 100-foot waterslides (an open slide and a tunnel slide) that kids will gleefully slide down again and again. There’s also a water play area/splash pad complete with plenty of fun features like a raining umbrella and squirt guns kids can aim. If you just want a general swim, there’s also the main swimming pool and a large hot tub.

Bonus: The pool menu (served Sat. & Sun. only) boasts plenty of delicious food, and yummy drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) and the wait staff is helpful and quick to serve. Also, for an additional charge, you can choose to add on any number of different activities to your pool day pass, such as kids’ dinner + movie, fireside s’mores, low-tide sand art or a family art workshop. 

Good to know: Kids must be 48 inches or taller to ride the big waterslides, but there’s also a slide for younger kids who are at least 36 inches tall to ride, so they don’t feel left out. Also, there are bathrooms located right near the splash pad area, and there’s plenty of shade provided by pool umbrellas situated above the lounge chairs. Complimentary self-parking is included with your day pass. 

Hours: Pool, 10 a.m.-sunset; Waterslides, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Starting at $90/adult & $40/child; free for infants

2100 Costa Del Mar Rd.
Carlsbad, CA 92009
Online: resortpass.com/omni-la-costa-resort-and-spa

Town and Country Resort

Centrally located in Mission Valley, Town and Country Resort recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation. They just opened a new 10,000 square foot pool complex including a zero-entry pool, hot tub, children’s pool and 4-story, looping 150-foot waterslide––the longest hotel waterslide in San Diego County! Enjoy poolside food and beverage service and free WiFi. Daybeds and cabanas are also available for an additional cost.

Hours: Pool, 7 a.m.-11 p.m.; Waterslide, Sun.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Cost: $20/adult; $10/child; free for infants

500 Hotel Cir. N.
San Diego, CA 92108
Online: resortpass.com/hotels/town-and-country-san-diego

The Lafayette Hotel

The iconic swimming pool at The Lafayette Hotel has been making a splash in the seven decades since it was designed in 1946. Go for a swim in this heated pool and bask in the realization that Hollywood royalty including Ava Gardner has also lounged poolside at this locale. The day pass includes a 15% discount on poolside food and drink from Hope 46. Channel your inner movie star, grab your favorite sunglasses and hit this scene.

Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $25/adult; $10/child; free for infants

2223 El Cajon Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92104
Online: resortpass.com/the-lafayette-hotel

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Rancho Bernardo Inn

Get away from it all and feel a world away basking in the pools and Spanish-style architecture of the beautiful Rancho Bernardo Inn. There are two pools: one for adults and one for families, as well as a hot tub, poolside food and drink service, a fitness center and free WiFi and self-parking. Sip on one of their famous craft cocktails and work on your Vitamin D intake while the kids make a splash.

Hours: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $25/adult; $10/child; free for infants

17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128
Online: resortpass.com/rancho-bernardo-inn

Manchester Grand Hyatt

kids in the manchester grand hyatt resort pool day passes

Stay cool by the pool at this all-star downtown resort by the bay. When the brood wants to eat, order from the seasonal poolside menu (Fridays and Saturdays only). You’ll find food and drinks for purchase at the lobby market daily. Rent a Family Pool Cabana (starting at $200) at the 4th Floor Family Pool that includes some special perks beyond the shade. Your day pass also gets you access to showers, basketball and volleyball courts and the 24hour fitness center 

Hours: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $20/person; free for infants
Half-day passes are also available for $12/person

1 Market Pl.
San Diego, CA 92101
Online: resortpass.com/manchester-grand-hyatt-san-diego

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

Estancia La Jolla

Flow into this luxury resort located near Torrey Pines in La Jolla for a day with the crew. Stretch out by the saltwater pool while the kiddies take a dip and order-up food and drinks. Go all out and book a shaded king-sized daybed or cabana (starting at $200) that comes with sliced fruit, berries and smoothies. Even more, the day pass includes complimentary parking and WiFi.

Pool Hours: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $30/adult; $15/child; free for infants

9700 N. Torrey Pines Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
Online: resortpass.com/estancialajolla

The Westgate Hotel

The Westgate Hotel

Swim in the old-world glamour and customer service of this posh downtown hotel. Lounge poolside with the fam while enjoying a rooftop city view. Even more, you can order poolside lunch service. Also, dip into the hot tub while keeping a keen eye on the kiddos a few feet away. If time allows, grown-ups can steam and sauna in the luxury locker rooms.

Hours: Mon.-Fri., 6 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $35/adult; $20/child
Parking: $12/first hour, then $6/every half-hour after ($45 max.)

1055 2nd Ave.
San Diego, CA 92101
Online: resortpass.com/westgatehotel

San Diego Mission Bay Resort

San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Hightail it to San Diego Mission Bay Resort for a day of family fun. Enjoy the large resort pool, with waterfalls, kids wading pool and life-sized checkers, ping pong and board games). It’s “shore” to be a magical summer day.

For everything you need to know about Mission Bay, San Diego’s hidden gem, check out our insider’s guide

Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $60/adult; $14/child; free for infants

1775 E. Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, CA 92129
Online: resortpass.com/hotels/san-diego-mission-bay-resort

Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Jump in feet first at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Not only are there two heated swimming pools, a hot tub and seasonal Shoreline eatery, there are also tennis courts, a fitness center and a basketball court. So grab the goggles and floaties and head to this centrally located resort.

Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Cost: $30/adult; $5/child; free for infants

1380 Harbor Island Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
Online: resortpass.com/sheratonsandiego

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina

Slip into paradise at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina, voted the best hotel pool by San Diego Magazine in 2017. In addition to three fab waterslides (little riders must be at least 42″ tall to ride the two big ones) there are plenty of reasons to take a dip here. In addition the main pool, guests can enjoy a pool with a walk-in slope, plus another smaller pool and one large hot tub (yes, kids are allowed). Your day pass includes a 10% discount on poolside food and non-alcoholic beverages from Pelicans on the Bay pool bar and lounge and a 20% discount on water sport rentals from the Mission Bay Sports Center. 

Good to know: Don’t need the whole day? Book an afternoon pass good from 3 pm – 8 pm  ($20/person, free for infants) for a quick activity.

Hours: Pool, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Waterslides, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: $20/adult; $30/child; free for infants

1441 Quivira Rd.
San Diego, CA 92109
Online: resortpass.com/hotels/hyatt-regency-mission-bay-spa-and-marina

Omni Rancho Las Palmas

palm springs with toddler
Omni Rancho Las Palmas

Grab a morning day pass (9 a.m.-1 p.m.) or an afternoon day pass (2-6 p.m.) to enjoy this stunning pool and lounge around at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas resort. You’ll find a mountain of waterslides, a lazy river, sandy beach, and a large main pool plus play zones with fountains and sprinklers. Order up some food and drinks via poolside service from the Splash Grill. Note: Kids must be 42 inches tall to ride the water slides.

Hours: Family Pool, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Splashtopia Slides & Lazy River, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Azure Pool, 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $50/adult; $35/child; free for infants
Parking: Free

41000 Bob Hope Dr.
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
Online: resortpass.com/omnirancholaspalmas

Blue Sea Beach Hotel

Pool and beach lovers rejoice! The only beachfront hotel pool in Pacific Beach also offers a resort day pass. A surf chic haven awaits you at the Blue Sea Beach Hotel, nestled right on the sand in Pacific Beach. Located near the world-famous Strand, you’re in the perfect spot to end the day on the white sandy beach. 

Hours: Pool, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Cost: $30/adult; $10/child; free for infants
Parking: $10/day for self parking

707 Pacific Beach Dr
San Diego, CA 92109
Online: resortpass.com/blueseabeachhotel

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Splish-splash in the family pool, then warm-up in the spacious spa. When you work up an appetite, there are five restaurants, including a Kid’s Cafe and poolside service too. Also, the day pass includes complimentary valet parking and WiFi. Step-up the luxury with a Family Cabana (starting at $300) which includes a complimentary fruit bowl, bottled water, a T.V., chaise lounge chairs and day passes for six people. Cabana hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The attention to detail and customer service are resort perfect.

Hours: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

7100 Aviara Resort Dr.
Carlsbad, CA 92011
Online: resortpass.com/parkhyattaviararesort

Paradise Point

Located on none other than Vacation Road, a tropical oasis in Mission Bay, Paradise Point is brimming with options, and the resort day pass gets you access to many of them. There are five swimming pools, including a waterfall pool, a lagoon pool, and a meadow pool. They also offer a full-size marina and various sports courts and recreational activities for the whole family. So create your daycation story, including a trip to the mini-golf course. You might want to book that overnight trip, after all. 

Hours: Pool, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.
Cost: $20/adult; $10/child; free for infants
Parking: free

1404 Vacation Rd
San Diego, CA 92109

—Aimee Della Bitta, Nikki Walsh & Beth Shea

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