Love, Love, Love San Diego. If I’m writing about San Diego, I’m mentioning that I love it. The people are laid back, the scenery is perfection, and the weather is almost always perfect. And I should mention that the Micro Brew Beer scene is the best. A few weekends ago I was lucky enough to spend some time at the Bahia Resort Hotel. There happens to be an awesome brewery right on the boardwalk about 2 blocks away from the Bahia. Just in case you were wondering.
I moved out to San Diego (Pacific Beach to be exact) in 1984 and have taken many a walk around Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Mission Bay. It wasn’t until this weekend that I realized that the Bahia played a pivotal role in history here and that this beautiful resort was one of the first in the area!
I’ll give you the brief points:
- Before the 1940s Mission Bay was a tidal marsh called “False Bay”. In 1542 Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo gave the area the name because he was sure that it lead into San Diego Bay. Well, it does not. Hence “False Bay”.
- In 1940s development began, dredging projects turned that marsh into a beautiful bay!
- And this is where entrepreneurs William and Anne Evans enter the game. They had high expectations for the area and took a risk by bidding on a parcel of land. The Bahia Motor Hotel was up and running with 52 units by 1953! And all 52 units were equipped with kitchen and view.
Quite a bit has changed since 1963. There are over 300 rooms and every one of them is still spacious and has a view of the bay or the beautiful garden!
I stayed in a room overlooking the bay. This is the view from my window. There was also a great little cooking kitchen(with most amenities) in my room, so I took advantage of it and cooked and ate while looking at the view below.
But if you are looking for something to do, do not fret. There is plenty! Kayaking, boating, paddle-boarding, waterskiing, wakeboarding, surfing, playing on the bay or even the beach. Belmont Park at Mission Beach is about a 2 block walk! Belmont park boast lots of fun rides! Including the Giant Dipper which is an original wooden roller coaster built in 1925! If the waves aren’t surfable in the ocean feel free to check out the Wave House! It’s home to the flowbarrel machine for machine made waves! I tried this a few years back. Let me tell you, it’s not as easy as some people make it look!
I like the Pacific Ocean and the attractions on the boardwalk, but even on this overcast day, I was drawn to the Bahia. To sit, relax, read, and enjoy the sites on the bay. The view doesn’t get old.
Decided next trip, I’d be taking the Bahia Belle Boat Cruise. You can see it in the corner of this picture. It’s a beautiful Mississippi- style stern-wheeler and free to guests! Cruises run in the evenings. After 9:30 pm, the Belle turns into a nightclub with live music or DJ. How fun!
Can’t wait to come back!