SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Summer days call for lazy hours spent taking a refreshing dip in the pool and basking in the sun, perhaps with a fruity cocktail in hand.
San Diegans who want to live the luxe life can do so for a day at a relative bargain: many local resorts offer day passes for their pools and spas.
For a fraction of the price of a hotel room, day visitors can enjoy many of the privileges as regular guests. Some resorts offer cheaper passes for children. (Pass prices listed below are subject to change.)
Take in a San Diego Bay view at this Coronado resort. For $30, you can get a pass to use the pool, gym, locker room, and steam room. That price leaves you plenty of cash for a cool drink from the pool bar.
2000 2nd St, Coronado (619) 435-3000
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina
At $15, this day pass is one of the most affordable on our list. It includes a discount on watersport rentals, spa services and retail, poolside food, and the resort’s restaurant. Parking is free. You get access to three pools and three waterslides with the day pass but you might want to spend $15 more for a spa pass with access to the fitness center and lockers.
1441 Quivira Rd, Mission Bay (619) 224-1234
Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa
There’s plenty of place to play at the Mission Bay resort’s large pool! The day pass for entry starts at $40 but that comes with free parking, wifi, and games such as life-sized checkers. The spa pass upgrade includes access to lockers, showers and a steam room.
1775 East Mission Bay Drive, Mission Bay (619) 276-4010
Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa
Relax on the deck amid palm trees gently swaying in Mission Bay breezes. The $45 day pass will get you into the pool, gym and locker room. If you want a change from the pool scene, you can always step over to the public beach.
3999 Mission Blvd, Mission Beach (858) 488-1081
Harrah’s Resort Southern California
This North County oasis welcomes visitors to enjoy a 400-foot lazy river and a swim up bar. Need more action? Play some poolside games like ping pong or water volleyball! Parking is free. Passes start at $25. Call 24 hours in advance or buy your pass directly with the hotel.
777 S Resort Dr, Valley Center (760) 751-3100
Westin Resort Carlsbad
The Ocean Pearl Spa has day passes for you to cool off by the pool with ocean breezes. The $25 price gets you into the fitness center and locker rooms with free valet parking. Call day-of to make sure they’re not sold out of passes.
5480 Grand Pacific Dr., Carlsbad (760) 827-2700
Estancia La Jolla
A trip to this gorgeous resort nestled above La Jolla’s beaches will make you feel like you’ve taken a long vacation out of town. The $25 day pass gives you access to the pool but you can opt for a $35 spa pass for more resort amenities. Be sure to save room for lunch or a cocktail at the bar.
9700 N Torrey Pines Rd, La Jolla (855) 430-7503
Rancho Bernardo Inn
Enjoy not one pool but two at this relaxing location in Rancho Bernardo. You can have lunch on the terrace and watch the golf carts cruise by after your plunge. The pass is $25. Parking is free.
17550 Bernardo Oaks Dr, Rancho Bernardo (855) 574-5356
CENTRAL SAN DIEGO
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
The Sheraton’s pool has an added bonus – a San Diego Bay view from Harbor Island! This is a good pick for families with an affordable $20 adult pass and a child pass for $5. The resort has an arcade, spa, jogging trails, fire pits and bike rentals. Parking is free for up to five hours.
1380 Harbor Island Dr, Harbor Island (619) 291-2900
The Westgate Hotel
Don’t want to head out of the city center? Try the Westgate’s $35 pass for a day-long experience including a four-level fitness club and San Diego’s largest rooftop pool. There’s also a rooftop running track.
1055 2nd Ave, Downtown (619) 238-1818
The Lafayette Hotel
This pool scene is a fantastic party is the center of sweltering North Park. The Lafayette offers annual and bi-annual pool memberships starting at $350, along with Day-cation passes starting at $10 on weekdays, $20 on weekends. Expect to make new friends from the neighborhood; this place is popular!
2223 El Cajon Blvd, North Park (619) 296-2101