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MISSION BAY — Bahia Resort Hotel’s marina may be small in terms of the total number of slips, but for boaters who call this secluded marina home, it comes up “large” in terms of its amenities and location.
Located in the southwest corner of Mission Bay Park, the marina is in the southern section of Santa Barbara Cove and on the 14-acre Bahia Resort Hotel grounds. The marina features 40 slips for boats in the 24- to 35-foot range, 15 bow-ties for boats up to 25 feet in length and four side-ties for boats up to 35 feet.
Slips include electricity hookups, water, ice and access to private marina restrooms with showers. Slip tenants get 24-hour access to the gated docks, which are protected by 24-hour security. Rates start at $195 per month for a bow-tie and $12.50 per foot, per month for slips.
On top of the marina amenities, slip tenants get access to many of Bahia Resort’s on-site amenities — including the use of the hotel pool and hot tub, and the resort’s two lighted tennis courts. Café Bahia is located adjacent to the marina, offering Mediterranean-style dining, and the Tangier Bar offers a live piano bar and relaxing outdoor patio area.
For those looking to experience Mission Bay’s adaptive capabilities on a number of different watercraft, Bahia Resort’s marina features a watersports rental facility featuring pedal boats, 14- to 22-foot sailboats, catamarans, ski boats, fishing boats and pontoon boats.
While SeaWorld may be just across the bay from the marina, those looking to catch some sea life in action can visit the Bahia Resort seal pool and see Gracie and Billy — seals that came to the resort from the San Diego Zoological Society. Feeding times are 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Bahia Belle, a turn-of-the-century Mississippi-style sternwheeler, once called Bahia Resort’s marina its home. However, the popular cruise boat was transferred to the resort’s sister site, Catamaran Resort Hotel and Spa, in Mission Bay’s northwestern corner. Bahia Belle makes a stop at Bahia Resort before heading out to cruise Mission Bay; and non-hotel guests may purchase tickets at the Catamaran Resort’s dock, at $10 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger.
Bahia Hotel was the first commercial lessee on Mission Bay. By 1953, Bahia’s first 52 units were open and attracting visitors. In two years, original owners William and Anne Evans opened another 20, later followed by an additional 40.
Today, the Evans’ resorts on Mission Bay employ nearly 1,000 people. Bahia Resort Hotel is a 314-room destination resort that includes beachfront cottages, studios with panoramic views and spacious bayside suites.
Bahia Resort Hotel and Marina is located at 998 West Mission Bay Drive, San Diego. For more information or for slip availability, call Bahia Resort general manager Jim Greene at (858) 864-2843 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit bahiahotel.com.