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The Catamaran Resort Hotel is located in the heart of San Diego’s Mission Bay, offering sensational ocean and bay views set amid acres of tropical gardens, exceptional cuisine, secluded beaches, and romantic moonlight cruises. We are only 10 miles from downtown San Diego and the San Diego International Airport at Lindberg Field, five minutes from SeaWorld and just a short drive to other major San Diego attractions. Surround yourself with spectacular sunsets, white sandy beaches, and the sights and sounds of nature all in one place.

3999 Mission Boulevard
San Diego, California 92109
Mike Staples
General Manager

The hotel and its surrounding area was originally the summer estate of the Scripps family; at the time, the land was better known as Braemar. Mrs. Scripps, Matriarch of the family, envisioned a simple yet elegant home, a place where the family could enjoy wonderful ocean breezes and comfortable starry nights. The family eventually abandoned their summer estate in late 1955, and it was sold. In 1958, Mr. William D. Evans acquired the property and commenced the construction of what would become the Catamaran Resort Hotel.

Initially the resort was a modest 82-room inn. The original décor was a Spanish motif. However, the Spanish decor did not create the type of atmosphere the Evans family was looking for. Mr. and Mrs. Evans wanted an atmosphere where the landscape was the epitome of beauty. They wanted the buildings to act as a frame around a picturesque landscape. After much deliberation, a tropical theme was decided upon as the main motif.


When looking at the main buildings, you will notice that the architecture is heavy on the bottom and light on the top. This is typical colonial Hawaiian architecture. The entire hotel is filled with authentic pieces from the South Pacific. For example, the Black Koa Wood that makes up the front desk is a special and rare wood native to and growing only on the Tahitian islands. There are numerous artifacts and jewelry from Papua New Guinea, handcrafted stone imported from deep in the heart of Mexico, and mahogany from Honduras which is featured in all of the window and door frames.

The Evans family has gone to great lengths to import traditional Pacific Island art. All of the art was made prior to World War II and collected between 1950 and 1960. If you are interested in more information about our art or décor, please contact the hotel.


The Catamaran’s 311 San Diego hotel rooms and suites are spacious and tastefully appointed with their own balcony or patio. Each has one king or two double beds and all the amenities you would expect at a world-class resort including a large workspace and sitting area, hi-speed wireless Internet service, laptop safe, plasma TV, iHome™ for iPod®, hair dryers, coffee makers, ironing boards, and refrigerators. All rooms have ocean, bay, or garden views.


Our San Diego hotel suites offer direct bay access. Walk directly onto the sand and enjoy the breathtaking views. Suites have a separate bedroom offering one king bed or two double beds and a living room with double sofa bed.


Stretch out in one of our 430 square foot studio suites, each complete with a full kitchen and dining area for four. Studios offer two double beds.


Our resort houses: an Business Center which offers services such as faxing, copying, computer and Internet access; outdoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi; daily room service; free HBO, hi-speed wireless Internet service, laptop safe, plasma TV, iHome™ for iPod®; a retail gift shop; and a state-of-the-art work out facility.


The Catamaran Spa opened June 2005. The 9,300 square feet San Diego Spa is the only treatment facility in the area large enough to meet the growing demands of hotel guests as well as local residents. The Spa offers ten individual treatment rooms, a Ritual room, a Vichy shower room, and a couples room. Both the men’s and women’s locker rooms include steam and sauna rooms. In addition, guests may continue their spa experience at home: the Spa will offer many of its products for purchase. The Spa also offers a full-service salon.


The Atoll Restaurant and Patio provides fine dining with exceptional service amid the tranquil vistas and tropical breezes of Mission Bay. Guests can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week as well as a superb Sunday Brunch.


With fresh ocean breezes and exotic ambiance, the Catamaran Resort is an invigorating and creative setting for any group. All fourteen meeting rooms are complemented by scenic views, balconies, patios and, most of all, our unforgettable bayfront location. With more than 20,000 square feet of versatile function space, the Catamaran can accommodate groups from 10 to 450. The Catamaran is unsurpassed in functionality, style, flexibility, and working comfort. The helpful staff will ease your meeting plans while creating unforgettable memories in our tropical paradise – all with great elegance, superb service and affordability.


Make the most of an extraordinarily beautiful natural setting, year-round perfect climate and Southern California lifestyle. Our prime location as a Mission Bay hotel makes it perfect for any number of beach and water-related sports and activities: boat cruises, sailing, paddleboats, kayaks, powerboats, surfing, waterskiing, biking, skating, etc.

Take a walking tour through the grounds and discover the abundant and diverse tropical flora and fauna, unwind by taking a dip in the pool or Jacuzzi, let the little ones have fun at our educational Kid’s Camp, clear your mind with an invigorating workout in our fitness center, relax in the world-class Catamaran Spa, pickup some special mementos at our gift shop, or get some work done in our state of the art Business Center.

Take a moonlight boat cruise on Mission Bay aboard our turn-of-the-century-style Sternwheeler the Bahia Belle featuring DJ’s and live music. Throughout the evening, the Bahia Belle cruises beneath the stars across Mission Bay to our sister resort. Dance the night away with the sounds of live music while enjoying your favorite cocktail. All passengers are invited to disembark at either hotel stop and re-board later. For hotel guests the cruise is complimentary and local patrons pay a one time per evening boarding fee of only $10.00 for adults and $3.00 for children 12 and under.

The Catamaran Resort & Spa - 3999 Mission Boulevard, San Diego CA 92109 | 858.488.1081