April 2021 Highlights

Family Travel: San Diego Mission Bay

Valley-based boy mom and lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck showcases a fabulous, family-friendly travel hot spot every issue. This month, she’s bringing us to America’s Finest City; a bayside gem ideal for a beachy retreat.

Is San Diego your happy place? Join the club. I’m thrilled to introduce you to a property you might not be familiar with, and it recently completed an expansive reimagination and renovation.

San Diego Mission Bay Resort is an 18-acre property located in the heart of San Diego sitting waterfront at Mission Bay Park. Flaunting a “barefoot chic” beach lifestyle, the property is perfect for families seeking a true getaway, with comfy accommodations and plenty of on-site activities and amenities.


We stayed in a multi-level suite with SO MUCH SPACE. Seriously, our family of five could live in the two-story unit flaunting a master bedroom, kitchenette, living room, walk-in closet, dining table, two full bathrooms, and a large bayfront patio. However, you don’t have to book the “villa” in order to be satisfied- the property has plenty of plush suites overlooking the sand. Renovated and built for traveling families, the impressive accommodations will leave you feeling comfy and relaxed- just make sure to book a room with water views. Some even have a personal fire pit!


The property has a fantastic array of pools overlooking the bay. There’s a dedicated wading pool for little kids (with fun water features!), along with lounging areas for mom and dad. Create your own epic chill zone in a poolside cabana with oversized plush lounge chairs, Wi-Fi, and a TV.

You can’t beat the resort’s location, aside from the hustle, bustle and business of the main part of Mission Bay. The bay is calm- a good place for toddlers to dip their feet, look for shells and play in the sand. And there’s no need to overpack; chairs and umbrellas are available per your request- simply reserve them ahead of time.

The property sits along as bayside path, so start your day with a nice stroll or scooter ride; Surreys are available to rent as well. Our favorite part… the action sports facility located steps from the hotel! I highly recommend renting a FunCat; it’s an electric catamaran that’s super fun for little kids (even they can navigate!).

There’s also tons of resort games; drop by the front desk to check out ping pong equipment, jumbo checker boards, volleyballs, tennis equipment, bocce balls, croquet sets, horseshoes, basketballs, badminton sets, sand toys and more.

Where to Eat

After a full day of sand and sun, you’ll be starved. With plenty of property dining options, you won’t have to venture out for meals. The main restaurant, Covewood, offers safe outdoor dining, and Plaza Del Sol provides savory craft cocktails and shareable small plates. And if you’re in a PJ kind of mood- opt for room service.

Written by: Nadine Bubeck

Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com).

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