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Crystal Pier Hotel and Cottages, San Diego 

4500 Ocean Boulevard
San Diego , California
Tel: 858 483 6983
Tel: 800 748 5894
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Want oceanfront? We'll do you one better: How about ocean-top? This small hotel's 23 Cape Cod–style cottages are perched atop Pacific Beach's historic fishing pier. Built in 1927, some of the cottages were remodeled as recently as 2005, but they're still nothing special, with white wicker furniture, kitchenettes, and a Jimmy Buffett meets West Palm Beach vibe. Of course, with porches like these, you won't be sitting inside. The Crystal Pier is perfect for vacationing families, groups of friends, and pretty much everyone else, too. The only trick is getting a room. A SoCal classic and annual tradition for many folks, the hotel is regularly booked solid all summer long. Book at least six months in advance for June–August, or better yet, visit in the fall, when the air is crisp and the boardwalk more peaceful, and powerful west swells thundering below the pier lull you to sleep. When booking, keep in mind that the hotel's six oceanfront suites are on the beach, not on the pier like the cottages.

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