There is something downright luxurious about a day spent lounging by the pool, especially when food and beverage service, movie screenings, and cabanas are involved.
There are tons of day passes to choose from, but these eight are our current favorites for their locals-only deals, and unique locations.
Brunch, Fitness & Classic Charm (and did we mention, first visit free?)
We love The Westgate’s classic charm. We recommend heading there early for Sunday Brunch before going up to the pool for drinks and sunbathing.
The pool here is run by Aquavie Wellness, a luxury gym that offers rooftop spin classes, barre studio classes, a rooftop running track, and spa services. If you plan ahead, you can also reserve a free one-day membership to try out a few fitness classes while you’re there.
If you’re a local, you first visit to the family-friendly pool at The Westgate Hotel will be free, just show your photo ID at the front desk. If you love it, return visits will cost $45 per person.
The Westgate Hotel
1055 2nd Avenue, Downtown
Free Summer Lounging for Locals
With a great location in downtown San Diego, you can make a whole day of it at the Palomar. Hang by the pool all day, then catch a show at the neighboring House of Blues in the evening.
The beautiful rooftop pool is free for locals who show ID at the front desk from now through September-ish, so take advantage of the offer while you can (be sure to call ahead to verify the offer).
1047 Fifth Avenue, Downtown
North Park Pool Parties
The Lafayette Hotel in North Park is famous for their events, from poolside yoga to Film & Foat movie screenings to boozie pool parties that often feature local collaborations. (Check out their Facebook calendar for upcoming events.)
Entry is just 10 bucks Monday through Thursday, $20 Friday to Sunday, and for hospitality industry folks, there is a special $5 deal every Monday.
You don’t need a reservation, but locals are expected to bring our own towels.
The Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
2223 El Cajon Boulevard, North Park
Dog Friendly Cabanas & Locals-Only Sunday Deals
The Estancia is the epitome of relaxation and luxury. It’s a beautiful, relaxing classic La Jolla destination with really excellent poolside food and drinks. And it happens to be dog-friendly, too.
Day passes are available for $25 online, but on Sundays during the summer, the property offers complimentary pool entrance to guests with valid San Diego ID cards. Just check in at the front desk, and gain access to the pool and live entertainment courtesy of area DJs.
The Cabanas are the ultimate splurge at $200 for the cabana and four day passes or $400 for the COOLA package that includes farmers market snacks and Moët & Chandon, but during the off-season, you can sometimes score a cabana deal for as little as $75.
9700 N Torrey Pines Road, La Jolla
Dinner, Swim & a Movie
You don’t need a reservation to enjoy the Mid-Century cool of The Pearl; as long as you eat or drink, you can use the pool for free. There might be nothing better than a post-swim cocktail during happy hour at Charles & Dinorah.
The pool hosts various events, from tiki bingo to bubbly brunches, but our favorite time to visit is on Wednesday for the Dive-in Theatre when guest can watch a classic from their floaty (see the upcoming movies here).
1410 Rosecrans Street, Point Loma