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Crystal Pier Hotel

Crystal Pier Hotel
Sleep above the waves in San Diego

Lining a vintage wooden pier built in 1927, the clapboard cottages at Crystal Pier Hotel are as close as you can get to the Pacific without needing gills.

Lots of places tout an oceanfront setting, but these 1930-vintage cottages go one better: They are actually perched right above it, atop the Crystal Pier. Not only will you see and smell the ocean, you will feel it too, especially when the surf is up and the waves surge toward shore underneath the pier. Exciting stuff.

Each cottage is decorated with wood floors and equipped with a kitchenette, while a small semi-private patio lets you catch some sun and take in spectacular views. Cosy up here on a stormy weekend for a bit of wintry romance, or book ahead for a summer stay, when the cottages offer easy access to, but also an escape from, the busy Pacific Beach scene.

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Southern California

Discover San Diego County

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November
Average (°C)
Sept - Nov
22°
High
15°
Low
Dec - Feb
18°
High
9°
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Mar - May
19°
High
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June - Aug
23°
High
18°
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Imagine 70 miles of sun-drenched coast, an inviting ocean and a year-round daily forecast of 21°C and you’ll understand why this southernmost stretch of California is all about outdoor fun. Discover top theme parks and attractions like SeaWorld San Diego, San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park and LEGOLAND California Resort.

The first European explorer to land in California, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, came ashore in San Diego in 1542.

Relax at legendary retreats like Hotel del Coronado, find art and culture in San Diego and surrounding cities like luxurious La Jolla . Enjoy world class golf at Torrey Pines and enjoy culture and diversity, all at the edge of a sparkling blue sea.

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Stretching 1,942 feet, the historic Oceanside Pier is the longest wooden pier on the Pacific Ocean.
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