Paradise Point is located on Mission Bay in San Diego, within walking distance to Sea World and close proximity to many of San Diego’s family-friendly attractions. After only a few minutes at the resort, we watched bicycle surreys carrying several generations of families cruise by us.
Paradise Point has two key factors that make it great for family reunions: a beach with calm waters and loads of activities for families.
Enjoying the huge beach at Paradise Point
There are five pools on property including an adult pool. Most families hang out at the main pool which is next to the spa but the beach is also popular because of its calm waters.
Mission Bay is water sports central and if you are traveling with school-age, tweens or teens check out the resort dock and marina for boat and stand up paddle rentals. If you haven’t tried stand up paddle this is a perfect spot to give it a try. While the kids were in the Kids Club my husband and I, both novices, tried a 2-hour stand up paddle lesson. A patient guide and no waves meant no unintentional swimming on our parts. I’d definitely recommend this experience and if you are comfortable enough smaller children can sit on the boards and get a ride as you paddle.
The Island Market is part convenience store and part activities headquarters for bicycle/surrey rental and equipment check out.
Bicycle and surrey rentals. The resort grounds are flat so pedaling around is not a big workout – unless you have a surrey full of kids that just want to enjoy the ride!
Putting course. The 18-hole putting course ties with the bike and surrey rental for most popular family activity. It’s not miniature golf though, just putting greens.
Tennis, basketball, croquet, and ping pong. These activities are included in the resort fee and are located at the back of the resort next to the Kids Club.
Bonfire pits. Twelve bonfire pits are scattered around the beach and resort grounds. The beach bonfire pits are public and can fill up quickly although people seemed pretty easy going about sharing. The Island Market sells s’mores kits and firewood.
Kids Club. The Kids Club is run by Destination Sitters, a California-based childcare service. Our sitter was excellent. Parents should know that depending on the number of children and time of year, sitters may take children on scavenger hunts or other activities around the resort. Our kids gave the club a big thumbs up and enjoyed playing tennis and ping pong.
Paradise Point Aerial View
The recently renovated rooms are traditionally decorated and have a light, beachy, very relaxed feel. Accommodations are all single story and the resort has beautiful, tropical landscaping with mature trees.
Note: If you are a family with small children you may want to request a room that is not facing a lagoon. The lagoons are not fenced and while there is a walking path between the rooms and lagoon, there are other room options – some with enclosed patios – that may be a better fit.
There are three restaurants at Paradise Point: Baleen (upscale), Barefoot Bar & Grill (casual) and Tropics Bar and Grill located at the main pool. We tried Barefoot several times and the food was good and the location even better with kids – right on the bay and next to the fish and sting ray stocked pond that kept the kids entertained.
The full service spa is near the main pool. My daughter and I tried the mommy/daughter ice cream pedicures and it’s obvious that the staff see a lot of kids in the spa because their patience was spectacular as they were peppered with a multitude of questions from my daughter.
If You Go
While the location is convenient as mentioned above for Sea World and the beach, if you want to explore more of San Diego you’ll need a car. Another transportation option is the Old Town Trolley which has a stop in front of the lobby and various spots around the city.
Rates start at $175; check the website for current offers. There is a $15 resort fee and parking is $25 per night.
Editorial Note: Kristi received a one–night complimentary stay at Paradise Point. She was not asked to express any particular opinion about the experience.
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