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Paradise in San Diego

Words by Courtney Kellar
Photos courtesy of Courtney Cox

A great honeymoon destination has to have the perfect balance of two things: relaxation and adventure. Paradise Point Resort and Spa in San Diego, California is one such spot. Set on 44 acres overlooking Mission Bay, Paradise Point really is a unique resort.  As newlyweds, you’ll feel as though you’ve escaped to a lush retreat. In actuality, you’re just minutes to all of the area’s major attractions like Balboa Park, Sea World, the Gaslamp Quarter and Mission Beach 

The resort’s 60s-style bungalows are not only adorable, but perfect for nesting newlyweds. Step off your private patio and right onto the beach for an early morning swim or stroll. Being bay-side does mean there aren’t any waves, but the views of downtown San Diego and Coronado Bridge more than make up for it. In addition to the typical perks of a private beach, as a bonus there are fire-pits scattered in front of the bungalows for beachside s’mores as the sun goes down.

If you get a bit too much sun on your relaxing getaway, stop by The Spa for a calming and skin-soothing treatment. The treatment rooms are spacious with high, wood-beamed ceilings. No matter what indulgence you choose, all treatments include a natural coolant for your skin like lemongrass, pineapple or peppermint – perfect for that sore sunburn.

After a day spent sailing or paddle boarding around the bay, I recommend a romantic dinner at Baleen. The Wood Roasted Day Boat Scallops was a real standout and the views from the restaurant’s patio are something you and your new spouse won’t soon forget.  To cap things off, the crème brulee has a unique twist with chocolate fudge delightfully hidden at the bottom.

Despite being so close to activities and attractions, you might just stay at Paradise Point throughout your entire honeymoon getaway. If you’re a seasoned sailor, feel free to travel down the coast by boat and dock directly on the edge of Paradise Point. The resort just celebrated its 50-year anniversary and it appears this private escape isn’t going anywhere any time soon.

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