SeaWorld San Diego is one of our most sought-after attractions, especially for visiting families. It’s easy to find hotels near SeaWorld San Diego as it’s on the edge of the Mission Bay neighborhood, near several other popular tourist neighborhoods, and close to the San Diego airport.

The other good news is that the hotels and resorts on this list are among the most wallet-friendly in San Diego as there really isn’t a good five-star option that I’d consider close by.

What to Know About Hotels Near SeaWorld San Diego Before Booking

I help people plan San Diego family vacations and have insider knowledge about our local hotel inventory. Choosing a location for a vacation centered around SeaWorld San Diego is often confusing, so I’ll cover this and how to save money on SeaWorld San Diego tickets.

Already know which location to choose and how to buy tickets? Jump to my hotel picks.

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Tips for Choosing a Location

No hotels near SeaWorld San Diego are closer than a nearly 25-minute walk. The good news is that driving there is easy, thanks to its large parking lot. You can also easily take a rideshare like Uber or Lyft to a designated drop-off area inside the parking lot. I drop kids off there all the time — it’s free and easy.

This list is designed to cite best-reviewed hotels in all price ranges as close to SeaWorld San Diego as possible. It’s a bit more varied than others I’ve put together because it covers multiple neighborhoods. To give you an idea, the Mission Beach and Old Town neighborhoods are both near SeaWorld San Diego.

Though they’re a bit further afield, Downtown San Diego hotels and La Jolla hotels would also be completely fine for a SeaWorld-centric visit. I recommend looking in these two areas for those seeking a true luxury hotel option, as none are on this list.

A Hotel With SeaWorld in its Name Doesn’t Mean it’s Close

Some hotels that have SeaWorld in their names are not as close to the park as their names imply. If you’re considering a hotel that isn’t on this list, check the distance on Google Maps or a similar platform to avoid being misled.

Speaking of distance, here are a few things to note about getting to this popular San Diego theme park. I’ve mentioned how far each hotel is from SeaWorld San Diego on foot when it’s possible to walk. Otherwise, I’ve mentioned the drive time.

The driving distance might be shorter or longer than the walking distance. Walking paths and driving routes differ because there are bridges that cross over the bay, and one must safely cross busy streets in certain areas to get to the park entrance.

Buy Tickets in Advance to Save Money & Make a Reservation

You also should DEFINITELY purchase SeaWorld San Diego tickets online, in advance, before arriving at the park to receive the lowest prices. There are often online-only special offers. The best deals will be on their website. You do not need to make reservations in advance.

Tip: General parking at SeaWorld San Diego is free for some annual pass holders, but the cost for everyone else is $30 per car. There is also preferred parking available. You can save time by purchasing parking online, and depending on where your hotel or resort is, you might save money by taking an Uber.

Now let’s get into what I believe are the best hotels near SeaWorld San Diego.


1. Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina

Distance to SeaWorld San Diego: 1.6 miles (26-minute walk)
Location: Mission Bay
Hotel class: Moderate

Why go: Families love the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa & Marina; it completed a $65 million renovation in 2019. It’s one of the only hotels with water slides in San Diego (there are three, and guests must be 42″ or taller to use them).

Walk four blocks to Belmont Park, our seaside amusement park, and the ocean beach at Mission Beach where there are also quite a few restaurants and shops along the beach boardwalk and main street.

Beach amenities: While located on Mission Bay, there is no bay beach at the hotel, but one of the best things to do at Mission Bay is watersports. Mission Bay Sports Center onsite rents jet skis, kayaks, boats, water skis, and bikes to use on the bay. And you can enjoy private and group charters by Gone Sailing, which also depart from the hotel’s marina.

Resort amenities:

  • Pillow-top Hyatt Grand beds
  • Flat-screen televisions
  • In-room coffee pot by request
  • A full-service eco-friendly spa
  • Three swimming pools and three water slides
  • Live music at the Red Marlin restaurant every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights
  • Seasonal games like hula and Bingo at the pool
  • An on-site market with coffee, bagels, snacks and more
  • Pool bar and lounge
  • Private marina
  • Complimentary WiFi
  • Onsite access to activities like whale watching excursions and jet skis
  • Rentals for everything from speedboats to roller skates (kayak and paddleboard rentals are included in the $35/night resort fee)

Good to know: This hotel does not have Regency Club. You will read mixed reviews, but many are from before the renovation. It is one of my top picks for well-rounded amenities and things to do nearby. They do offer connecting rooms, and these are:

  • Ocean View Corner Suite to Ocean View Queen
  • Marina View Corner Suite to Marina View Queen

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2. San Diego Mission Bay Resort

Distance to SeaWorld San Diego: 2.5 miles
Location: Mission Bay
Hotel class: Moderate

Why go: The newly renovated San Diego Mission Bay Resort is an excellent option for those who check in to visit SeaWorld and other parts of San Diego as the resort offers excellent freeway access (we did not hear freeway noise from our room) but also recently renovated rooms, a great heated pool, and water sports. It’s a nice bay beach hotel choice.

The Mission Bay boardwalk is right in front of the hotel, as is a nice sandy beach. Book a fire pit room, as s’mores kits are available in the onsite shop.

The resort was formerly Hilton San Diego Resort & Spa but is now a part of the Noble House Hotels & Resorts collection of experience-driven upscale properties.

Beach amenities: The Sandbox rents bikes (surreys, beach cruisers, kids’ bikes, and trailers) to ride on the boardwalk and sand toys for use on the beach. Action Sports Rental at the resort marina rents aqua cycles, Segways, stand-up paddleboards, pontoons, and more. There is a beach volleyball net (balls are available from the front desk).

Resort amenities:

  • Guest rooms, studios, and suites (some have bay views), all with luxury bedding, small refrigerators, and private balconies or patios
  • Waterfront pool and wading pool for young kids
  • Poolside cabana rentals and menu service
  • Pets up to 75 lbs are welcome (maximum of two per room with additional fees)
  • A nice market and boutique with plenty of grab-and-go food and wine for the room
  • Fire pits in some ground-floor rooms (s’mores kits are available in the market)
  • Waterfront dining at Covewood
  • Full-service spa
  • Championship tennis courts
  • Seasonal dive-in movies
  • Seasonal bonfire and s’mores night
  • Game check-out at the front desk
  • Bay beach with umbrella and chair rentals
  • Pool day passes are available through ResortPass

Good to know: Similar to Paradise Point, the ocean beach is on the other side of the bay. However, you feel less isolated at this hotel because of the boardwalk and easy access to the freeway. It is about a 4-mile scenic car ride around the bay to the ocean at Mission Beach.

Awards: #8 for The Best Resorts in San Diego, 2019 (U.S. News and World Report); #2 for The Best Family Resorts in the US in 2019 (TODAY)

Reservations: If you have AAA, check this page to see if these packages are more advantageous.

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3. Paradise Point Resort & Spa

Distance to SeaWorld San Diego: 1.5 miles (29-minute walk)
Note: This hotel will rebrand to a Margaritaville in 2024 (I suspect this will improve things, but I’m not sure.)
Location: Mission Bay
Hotel class: Moderate

A bayfront junior suite interior at Paradise Point Resort near SeaWorld San Diego.
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Why go: Paradise Point Resort, is a 462-room, 4-star, bungalow-style resort set on Mission Bay established in 1962 by famous Hollywood Director Jack Skirball.

The 44-acre resort actually feels like a secluded tropical island as over 1 mile of bay beach circles its perimeter. Guests enjoy five swimming pools, tranquil lagoons, and lush gardens. The bay beach lacks waves (which appeals to families of small children), and guests can take advantage of onsite water sports rentals.

The resort is on the opposite side of Mission Bay from the beach. You’ll need to take a 2-mile drive around the bay to get to the ocean (you should take Uber during summer as beach parking is difficult). It feels like the closest hotel to SeaWorld because you can see the park when you pull into its entrance, but walking from door to door still takes 30 minutes.

Beach amenities: Along the bay beach, you’ll find 14 bonfire pits, and beach games like volleyball, bocce ball, and horseshoes. Beach toys and accessories are available for purchase at the Island Market. Daily surfing lessons by the Paradise Surf Academy (participants take a boat across the bay to their headquarters) at the ocean beach.

Resort amenities:

  • Five swimming pools, including an adults-only pool
  • 462 Balinese-inspired bungalow rooms, including 73 suites with private patios, mini refrigerators, and in-room coffee (suites have wet bars and microwaves)
  • A full-service marina with sailboats and ski boats
  • Wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaks, paddleboats, and fishing
  • 18-hole putting golf course
  • Five dining venues, including two waterfront restaurants
  • Award-winning, island-themed spa with kids’ treatments
  • Pet-friendly with no weight restrictions
  • Island Adventure supervised kids’ club on Friday and Saturday evenings (5–9 p.m.)
  • Tennis and basketball courts
  • Beach cruisers and surreys

Good to know: It is isolated as there isn’t much to do nearby in the way of restaurants and shops. You’ll also read mixed reviews of this resort (some complaints about service and cleanliness). The resort is quite large, so there can be a decent amount of walking, though golf cart rides are available. Also the bay beach here is public.

They used to have a water taxi to SeaWorld San Diego but discontinued it. As you pass SeaWorld San Diego while driving to and from the resort, you’ll feel more like you’re near SeaWorld San Diego than other hotels and resorts on this list.

Awards:  San Diego Magazine – Reader’s Choice: Best Kid/Family Friendly Hotel 2019; TripAdvisor Reader’s Choice 2020; Conde Nast Traveler 2022 Readers’ Choice Award

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4. Bahia Resort Hotel

Distance to SeaWorld San Diego: 2.5 miles
Location: Misson Bay/Mission Beach
Hotel class: Budget/Moderate

Two kids swim in the outdoor pool at Bahia Resort Hotel.
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Why go: The Bahia Resort Hotel was Mission Bay’s very first hotel. The Mediterranean-themed resort is located on a secluded 14-acre peninsula that juts out into Mission Bay and has its own private bay beach. It’s the sister property to Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, which means there is transportation between the two hotels, and known for providing good value.

To get to the ocean at Mission Beach and Belmont Park, guests must walk a pleasant and comfortable 10 minutes. This is another beach hotel choice because you have the bay beach and nearby ocean beach.

There is on-site dining, including a grab-and-go type of eatery as well as a signature restaurant, Dockside 1953, which serves seafood and beachy eats from a nautical-themed menu.

Beach amenities: Guests may rent complimentary cabanas on the private bay beach and enjoy seasonal kids’ beach activities, summer beach concerts, and summer clambakes. Rentals of wetsuits, boogie boards, rafts, paddle boats, kayaks, powerboats, and wave runners/sea-dos are available year-round.

Resort amenities:

  • 314 rooms which include beach-front cottages, studios with panoramic views, and spacious bayside suites
  • Bayfront suites have direct beach access, and Studios offer full kitchens and dining areas
  • Driver service to The Catamaran Spa
  • Two complimentary lighted tennis courts
  • Heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi
  • The Bahia Belle Sternwheeler boat, which takes guests on family hour and cocktail cruises
  • Pond with ducks and rescued California Harbor seals (kids will love them)
  • No resort fees and free parking for overnight guests (1 vehicle)
  • A Moroccan-inspired lounge with live music
  • Fitness center

Good to know: It is an older resort, which partially explains why it’s great value for money, given the location. Bahia also has a reputation for good service. This is one of the hotels with family suites near SeaWorld San Diego that sleep six across two queen beds and a sofa bed.

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5. The Dana on Mission Bay

Distance to SeaWorld San Diego: 1.2 miles via Dana Landing Road (24-minute walk)
Location: Mission Bay
Hotel class: Budget/Moderate

Hotels near Seaworld San Diego: The Dana on Mission Bay
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Why go: The Dana on Mission Bay is a casual, low-key hotel that welcomes guests with a tropical atmosphere. It is the closest hotel to SeaWorld San Diego and about a mile to the heart of the action in Mission Beach. The 10-acre resort has two main buildings: Marina Cove and Water’s Edge.

The on-site Firefly Eatery and Bar hosts a variety of events, like craft beer tastings, and daily happy hour.

Beach amenities: Onsite Adventure Watersports rentals include jet skis, powerboats, paddle boats, bicycles (single and tandem), water-skiing, wakeboarding, motorboat rides, wave runners, aqua cycles, paddleboards, kayaks.

They also offer seasonal youth classes where kids can learn water sports. Beach chair and umbrella rentals as included in the resort fee, as is 4 hours of bicycle rental.

Resort amenities:

  • Flat-screen HDTVs, refrigerators, microwaves, and single-cup coffee and tea makers in all rooms
  • Wet bar, hand-crafted furniture, balconies, and patios, water views in Water’s Edge section
  • Pets up to 80 lbs are welcome (maximum 2 per room with additional fees)
  • Bayview infinity pool and spa; tropical pool and spa
  • Onsite restaurant and seasonal pool bar
  • Private marina with boat slips for hotel guests (reservations necessary)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Seasonal dive-in movies
  • Lawn games
  • Complimentary shuttle service to SeaWorld San Diego (it runs on a schedule, so you’ll want to inquire ahead of time at the front desk)

Rooms for larger families: The 600-square-foot Park View Double Queen Suite can sleep six people between the two beds and a sofa bed.

Good to know: As mentioned above, the ocean beach at Mission Beach is about a mile away, but you can walk or ride a bike there easily. It is an older property which is why it can price well.

They have a resort fee that covers quite a few amenities, including 50% off of breakfast, two bottles of water in your room daily, complimentary printing from the business center, and access to the SeaWorld San Diego shuttle.

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6. Old Town Inn San Diego

Distance to SeaWorld San Diego: 2.6 miles via Pacific Highway
Location: Old Town San Diego
Hotel class: Budget

Why go: While this 73-room hotel is in a self-described “industrial pocket,” Old Town Inn San Diego is located on Pacific Coast Highway and adjacent to the city’s primary freeway, the I-5. It’s a 10-minute drive to the San Diego International Airport and SeaWorld San Diego if you go by means of Pacific Highway.

It is also a 10-minute walk to most things to do in Old Town San Diego, a top tourist attraction, and the Transit Station (where one can catch the Trolley to downtown San Diego and even the United States/Mexico border area).

We also appreciate that it’s been family-owned and operated for three generations, dating back to 1945. It’s one of our city’s best-reviewed budget hotels and suits families looking for hotels near SeaWorld San Diego who prioritize a location near public transportation.

Hotel amenities:

  • Free breakfast
  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool with poolside BBQ amenities
  • Free parking (self-parking)
  • Free DVD library
  • Complimentary “grab and go” morning bag
  • Wake-up calls
  • Microwave in the lobby
  • Lobby computer with internet access
  • Arcade/game room
  • Laundry facilities
  • Fax services
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Free newspapers in the lobby
  • Safe deposit box at the front desk
  • Meeting room for small groups

Rooms for larger families: The family suite sleeps six people across two queen beds in a separate bedroom and sofa bed in the living room.

Good to know: Pet-friendly. For four-legged pets and even birds. Entirely non-smoking and never a resort fee. It’s in an industrial yet convenient location.

Awards: AAA 2-Diamond hotel, TripAdvisor Travelers Choice 2023

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7. Hilton Garden Inn Old Town/SeaWorld Area

Distance to SeaWorld San Diego: 2.9 miles
Location: Old Town San Diego
Hotel class: Budget

Double bed gust room interior at Hilton Garden Inn Old Town/Sea World Area
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Why go: It’s a newer hotel with Mission revival-style architecture that is within walking distance from Old Town State Historic Park with its many restaurants, historic sites, and shops. In addition also a short walk from the Old Town Trolley Station, where one can catch the Trolley to downtown San Diego and even to the U.S.- Mexico border.

Hilton Garden Inn Old Town/SeaWorld Area is also about a 10-minute drive to San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, the beach, and downtown San Diego (and Little Italy and Petco Park). It’s a good location.

Depending on which route you take, it’s a 7- to 10-minute drive to SeaWorld.

Hotel amenities:

  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Fitness room
  • Room service
  • Business center (with free printing)
  • 24-hour Pavilion Pantry Market
  • Hotel restaurant, the Verde Kitchen & Bar
  • ATM
  • Bar area
  • Coin laundry
  • Safe deposit box
  • Cribs and high chairs available upon request

Good to know: Their king rooms also have a sofa bed which is nice for parents who prefer to sleep in a larger bed (while kids sleep on the sofa bed). Self-parking is $21/night.

Reservations: Use the Hilton Honors discount and book your stay online.

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8. Holiday Inn Express San Diego-SeaWorld Beach Area

Distance to SeaWorld San Diego: 4.4 miles
Location: Pacific Beach
Hotel class: Budget

The colorful lobby and dining area interior at Holiday Inn Express San Diego-SeaWorld Beach Area, a top pick for cheap hotels near SeaWorld San Diego.
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Why go: This Holiday Inn Express is in Pacific Beach within walking distance to Mission Bay and Mission Bay Golf Course, though in a busy pocket right off the freeway.

The upshot is easy freeway access, but you definitely need a car to get to the beach and SeaWorld. It’s one of the cheap hotels near SeaWorld San Diego with free breakfast, too, and positive reviews overall.

If you follow Google Maps’ directions via W Mission Bay Dr and Perez Cove Way, it’s an 8-minute drive.

Hotel amenities:

  • Free parking (self-parking only)
  • Free breakfast buffet/continental breakfast
  • Wireless internet is available, and free to all IHG Rewards Club members
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Fitness center
  • Business center
  • Meeting room
  • Laundry facilities available
  • Ice machine
  • Language interpretation

Good to know: Pets are not allowed except for service animals. Rubio’s, Sushi Ota (some of our city’s best sushi), and some other conveniences are within walking distance. I suggest bringing some earplugs as the streets here are busy.

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Mission Bay on the east and Mission Beach on the west.

Vacation Rentals Near SeaWorld San Diego

The South Mission Beach neighborhood near SeaWorld San Diego is one of the most popular vacation rental areas in all of San Diego.

These homes and condos are often beachfront or just steps from the ocean and bay beaches. Not to mention the beach here is stunning and family-friendly. Plus, there are gorgeous homes all along Mission Bay.


FAQs About SeaWorld San Diego Hotels

If you have questions, feel free to ask them in the comments.

DOES SEAWORLD HAVE A HOTEL?

No. SeaWorld San Diego does not have its own hotel on or adjacent to the theme park.

WHAT HOTEL IS CLOSEST TO SEAWORLD SAN DIEGO?

The closest hotel to SeaWorld San Diego is a little tough to measure because the park is big, and the entrance is at its center.

Some resorts have outer boundaries close to the park’s edge, like Paradise Point Resort and The Dana on Mission Bay, but it will still take you nearly a half-hour to walk from your room at either resort to the theme park entrance gates.

What is the best resort near SeaWorld San Diego?

The best resort near SeaWorld San Diego is San Diego Mission Bay Resort. The rooms were recently renovated, some have fire pits, you can enjoy water sports on the bay in front of the hotel, the pool deck is nice, and you can use perks to save on your stay.

What hotels have a free shuttle to SeaWorld San Diego?

The Dana on Mission Bay operates a free shuttle to SeaWorld San Diego. This perk is included when you pay the nightly resort fee.

And, don’t forget to buy your SeaWorld San Diego tickets before you head out!

Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide, like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai, that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).

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