5 Out-of-the-Box Places to Swim in San Diego

-San Diego has already gotten its first heat wave – and there are plenty more to come this year! Luckily, the city makes it easy to be in the water as much as possible for as long as possible; with a plethora of beautiful beaches and fancy hotel pools, there’s guaranteed to be something for all types of swimmers. We’ve rounded up five places to swim in San Diego are definitely worth checking out.

1. Party by the Pool at the Lafayette Hotel

2223 El Cajon Boulevard
San Diego, CA 92104
At almost three quarters of a century old, 300,000 gallons, and almost 25 meters long, the Weissmuller Pool at the Lafayette is a Southern California attraction in and of itself! Through the end of September, the Hotel will be hosting “Summer of Love” live music events poolside every Saturday and Sunday. Most are from noon-5pm with a $20 cover. This awesome historic hotel has recently been completely renovated, and ye aulde Weissmuller Pool is still one of the most popular places to be in the summertime.

2. Take a Dip in the Hiatus Pool

7955 La Jolla Shores Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
If you’re tired of the typical summer pool crowd, head over to the Hiatus Pool Bar and Lounge at the Hotel La Jolla. It’s recently been totally revamped and looks like something you’d see in Vegas. Enjoy live music right at the pool Thursday – Saturday from 6pm – 9pm and on Wednesdays check out Dinner and a Movie night.

3. Inner Tube Down the San Luis Rey River

places to swim in san diego

22000 Hwy 76
Pauma Valley, CA 92061
The San Luis Rey River is located on the La Jolla Indian Reservation, near the base of Palomar Mountain and due east off the 76 Highway. The campground is open from April to October and there are at least three miles of pure river tubing bliss down the San Luis Rey. The River flows right through the middle of camp, making it a convenient way to wrap up your weekend adventure with a cookout, campfire and sleeping under the stars. It’s tucked back among oak trees and wildflowers. Bring your own tube or rent one of theirs for $10 a day. Be sure to call ahead and check availability and to make reservations.

SEE ALSO: 5 Hiking Spots in San Diego

4. Take in Some Nature at Cedar Creek Falls

15519 Thornbush Road
Ramona, CA 92065
Save this one for a cooler day or a weekend, since it can get extremely hot in Ramona. The trails to Cedar Creek Falls will lead you through the beautiful backcountry hills of eastern San Diego; water levels at the falls can vary substantially, but visitors say there is a wonderfully refreshing pool of cool water at the basin year round – perfect for a post-hike dip and great for those of you wanting to get away from the more chlorinated waters of San Diego proper. The hike to Cedar Creek Falls is six miles round-trip and is recommended for people who are typically very active.

SEE ALSO: Great Camping Spots Near San Diego

5. Laze Around at Aquatica San Diego

places to swim in san diego2052 Entertainment Circle
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Lazy river, anyone?! You don’t have to go too far from home for this one! Relax and take in the scenery as you lie on a tube and float along their 1,250-foot long lazy river. Be on the lookout for Caribbean flamingos, as they’re known to casually stroll along the river. The water route boasts an amazing waterfall and lush tropical landscape to keep you gliding along peacefully – true to its name.

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