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Close to Pacific Beach

Facing the calm expanse of Mission Bay in north San Diego, and a 3-minute walk from the sands and famous boardwalk of Pacific Beach, family-friendly Catamaran Resort and Spa makes a great base for water lovers. SeaWorld® is 3 miles (4.8 km) away, and it's a 20-minute cab ride to downtown San Diego.

On Mission Bay

A lovely old paddle steamer, the Bahia Belle, sails at sunset, offering free family-hour cruises (seasonal) then cocktails and dancing. Modern Californian food at the Oceana Coastal Kitchen comes with Mission Bay views - as do soaks in the outdoor whirlpool at Catamaran Spa and workouts in the open-air fitness center.

Free WiFi and DIRECTTV®

Guestrooms are inspired by the Polynesian-colonial style, with bright accents complementing antique-style wooden furniture. Most rooms have balconies or patios with bay, coastline, or tropical garden views. WiFi is free, flat-screen TVs offer DIRECTTV®, and guests can play music through iHome™ docks.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Step outside to feel the sun on your face and the sand in your toes on the white sand beach. Sit back and relax on the beach with cabanas (surcharge), umbrellas, and sun loungers. At Catamaran Resort and Spa, pamper yourself with a treatment at the full-service spa or have fun in the sun with activities like surfing/boogie boarding and sailing.

The resort offers a restaurant. Two bars/lounges are on site where guests can unwind with a drink. A computer station is located on site and high-speed wireless Internet access is complimentary. This beach resort also offers an outdoor pool, and a health club. Onsite parking is available (surcharge).

Catamaran Resort and Spa is a smoke-free property.

  • 24-hour front desk 
  • Total number of rooms - 315 
  • ATM/banking 
  • Valet parking (surcharge) 
  • Number of bars/lounges - 2 
  • Breakfast available (surcharge) 
  • Concierge services 
  • Conference space 
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service 
  • Elevator/lift 
  • Fitness facilities 
  • Full-service spa 
  • Arcade/game room 
  • Gift shops or newsstand 
  • Tours/ticket assistance 
  • Free WiFi 
  • Computer station 
  • Health club 
  • Limo or Town Car service available 
  • Spa treatment room(s) 
  • Meeting rooms 10 
  • Garden 
  • Poolside bar 
  • Porter/bellhop 
  • Luggage storage 
  • On private beach 
  • Restaurant 
  • Beach umbrellas 
  • Beach cabanas (surcharge) 
  • Beach sun loungers 
  • Conference space size (meters) - 2 
  • Number of meeting rooms - 15 
  • Conference space size (feet) - 25,000 
  • Conference center 
  • Self parking (surcharge) 
  • Sauna 
  • Smoke-free property 
  • Spa services on site 
  • Spa tub 
  • Steam room 
  • Outdoor pool 
  • Wedding services 
  • Pool umbrellas 

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family Hotel  
  • On private beach  
  • Outdoor pool  
  • Free Wi-Fi  
  • Arcade/game room  


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi


Self parking (surcharge), Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Cable TV service 
  • Private bathroom 
  • Premium TV channels 
  • Premium bedding 
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available 
  • Air conditioning 
  • In-room climate control (air conditioning) 
  • Blackout drapes/curtains 
  • Phone 
  • Coffee/tea maker 
  • Daily housekeeping 
  • Turndown service 
  • Designer toiletries 
  • Hair dryer 
  • Bathtub or shower 
  • Iron/ironing board 
  • Desk 
  • Flat-panel TV 
  • Free WiFi 
  • In-room safe (laptop compatible) 
  • iPod docking station 
  • Bathrobes 
  • Rollaway/extra beds (free) 
  • Room service (24 hours) 

Where to Eat

Breakfast is available for a surcharge each morning.

Oceana Coastal Kitchen - This beachfront restaurant specializes in American cuisine and serves breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Things to Do

A private beach and a health club are featured at the resort. An outdoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a sauna and a steam room.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on site or nearby; fees may apply.

  • Snorkeling nearby 
  • Surfing/boogie boarding nearby 
  • Personal motorized watercraft on site 
  • Scuba diving nearby 
  • Golfing nearby 
  • Hiking/biking trails nearby 
  • Segway rental/tour on site 
  • Scooter/moped rentals nearby 
  • Parasailing nearby 
  • Bicycle rentals on site 
  • Kayaking on site 
  • Motor boating on site 
  • Rowing or canoeing on site 
  • Sailing on site 
  • Volleyball on site 
  • Water skiing on site 
  • Windsurfing on site 
  • Boat tours on site 

Spa Services

Catamaran Spa has 10 treatment rooms. Services include massages, facials, body wraps, and body scrubs. A variety of treatment therapies are provided, including aromatherapy and hydrotherapy. The spa is equipped with a sauna.

Children under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa without adult supervision. Guests under 16 years old are not allowed in the spa.

  • Number of treatment rooms 10 
  • Body wraps 
  • Body scrubs 
  • Aromatherapy treatments 
  • Hydrotherapy treatments 
  • Sauna in spa 
  • Massages 
  • Minimum age to access spa is 16 
  • Facial treatments 


If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please note them at check-out when you book your room.

Hotel Policies


Check-in time starts at 4 PM

Special check-in instructions:


Check-out time is noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Children 17 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.
  • Free rollaway/extra beds!


  • Pets not allowed

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy.

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card are required at check-in for incidental charges.

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

  • Minimum Spring Break check-in age is 18 years old.

No cribs (infant beds) available


Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at time of service, check-in, or check-out.
  • Breakfast fee: between USD 10 and USD 75 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: USD 25.00 per day (in/out privileges)
  • Valet parking fee: USD 29.00 per day (in/out privileges)
The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

Hotel Name

  • Catamaran
  • Catamaran Resort
  • Catamaran Resort San Diego
  • Catamaran San Diego
  • Resort Catamaran
  • Catamaran Hotel Mission Bay
  • Catamaran Resort & Spa San Diego

We should mention

This property's policy is to refuse certain bookings for the purpose of group events or parties, including pre-wedding stag/bachelor and hen/bachelorette parties. Reservations are required for massage services and spa treatments. Reservations can be made by contacting the resort prior to arrival, using the contact information on the booking confirmation. Children 17 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding.

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Great hotel on the bay.

5 out of 5
by from Minnesota
Posted Feb 20, 2017
Pros: The location is the best in my opinion. It is on Mission Bay and a block from the ocean. The grounds of the resort are beautiful and very well kept.
Stayed here for a week and it couldn't have been better. Staff is very helpful and friendly.
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4 out of 5
by from Lincoln, NE
Posted Feb 20, 2017
Pros: Location to the beach. The staff was awesome!
Cons: Some maintenance work needs to be done.
Location: I loved the location as we were very close to the beach. If you want to do more things downtown this wasn't the best place to be. Loved it.
Everyone was very nice to us. Lauren at the front desk was very accommodating and helped us out several times! She also was kind enough to help us with an upgrade when I really wanted a view of the bay! She was awesome! The facilities are very nice, but really need some updating and maintenance work done. I wish we could of stayed a few more days! Thanks for hospitality!
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Beautiful view from the Tower room.

4 out of 5
by from Ct
Posted Feb 19, 2017
Gorgeous view of Mission Bay. Maid service was erratic, sometimes incomplete. Well-kept grounds with beautiful plants, trees, birds and koi. Hotel restaurant too expensive although they were very accommodating when food was not to my liking. Hotel beach was well-groomed. Nicely located at the top of the Bay.
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Best Resort in San Diego County

5 out of 5
by from Phoenix
Posted Feb 18, 2017
The grounds and rooms are always pristine, the grounds are like stepping into paradise and every single staff member I have ever encountered has been helpful and pleasant to interact with. The team has pride in what they do and having people who care makes all the difference. It's not run like a corporate hotel. They go above and beyond like everyone is the most important person there. The location is perfect with the bay on one side and the ocean literally across the street. It's perfect to visit with or without my kids and they have plenty of activities either way. Everything I love in PB and on the board walk is within walking distance. I sometimes change my plans if the resort doesn't have availability because there's just nowhere else like it. The views from the tower are unlike any in the area. I cant think of a reason not to stay at the catamaran.
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Super friendly staff at this resort

5 out of 5
by from t
Posted Feb 17, 2017
Beautiful resort on the beach. The staff were so friendly and always greeted us. The bird show was awesome. It was great to walk behind the hotel to mission beach and walk in the bay. Close to places to eat and shop. My only wish is that there would've been a microwave in the room.
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The staff was terrific and the location was good.

5 out of 5
by from Memphis, TN
Posted Feb 10, 2017
Pros: location. Staff. Activities.
Cons: Could probably use some updating.
Location: water sports, bicycle rentals. beach nearby. restaurant onsite. everything you need.
Located on the bay which made for quiet night sleeps, yet close walk to the beach where the action is. The hotel had a lot of things you could do (ie. rent bikes, water sports, etc). The staff was absolutely superb. Excellent service. They helped me rent a car for a couple of days and worked it out so the car was delivered to me and I just left it at the hotel when finished. Very smooth and didn't take up a lot of time. (I appreciate that!). Hotel rooms are not the most elegant, but they are clean and sufficient size. Overall, we had a wonderful time and would hope to return soon.
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4 out of 5
by from Portland, OR
Posted Feb 7, 2017
Pros: The location and the grounds
Cons: The rooms are a bit dated
Everything was good! - Hotel staff, the grounds, swimming pool and the breakfast -- all good!
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4 out of 5
Posted Feb 6, 2017
Great staff, excellent location. Thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
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3 out of 5
by from phoenix
Posted Feb 6, 2017
Pros: the grounds were nice and the staff was pleasant
Cons: price, plumbing, extra fees
Location: on the beach. sea world is right next door. i went for a wedding so not sure
the room was ok but not for the price i paid. the showerhead was facing the wall and was about 7ft up. im 5'2" and couldnt reach it to adjust it. there were spiders crawling on the bed and one in the tub. the pipes squealed and vibrated if you were taking a shower and someone flushed a toilet elsewhere. the bed was comfortable but the pillows were hard. also, found out i had to pay $25 for parking. definitely would not stay again
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Lovely resort near the beach

5 out of 5
by from Chicago
Posted Feb 6, 2017
I stayed for a week at this hotel and it was a true getaway! The resort is nice - pool, hot tub, excellent restaurant with outdoor seating - and in a great location near the beach and Mission Bay. Lots to do within walking distance! Staff were friendly and helpful. Room was clean, spacious and had an amazing view. Would stay here again in a heartbeat!
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