San Diego wildlife, just beyond your bungalow
Mission Bay is a wet 4,235-acre wonderland located in the heart of San Diego. Primarily used for recreation purposes, the waterways and shorelines are also a habitat for many birds, fish, marine mammals, invertebrates, and plants, giving visitors the chance to witness some of Southern California's indigenous species in their natural surroundings. On its own 44-acre island at the very core of Mission Bay, Paradise Point Resort & Spa is both a stopover for local wildlife and an autonomous ecological microcosm.
The verdant grounds contrast sharply with the surrounding drier terrain typical of Southern California; over 600 types of tropical plants from 20 countries were imported and installed by famed landscape architect Frank Rich in the early 60s. Rare and exotic specimens include the imperial bromeliad from Rio de Janiero, the dragon tree from Madagascar and the Asian silk tree. More frequently found growing on the grounds are bird of paradise, hibiscus, and towering palm trees, with over 1,000 of each planted.
The award-winning landscape has flourished in San Diego's temperate climate over the past several decades, transforming the island into a lush oasis inhabited by plentiful wildlife year-round. A network of gardens and lagoons is home to ducks, red-eared slider turtles, hummingbirds, herons and egrets. Below the surface, leopard sharks, stingrays, shovel-nose guitar fish, corvina, and other fish make up an aqueous ecosystem.
Paradise Point's sprawling layout and bungalow-style rooms naturally encourage guests to take in the unique surrounding environment. For those looking to interact with and learn more about nature, the hotel also offers additional programming including a botanical tour, scenic boat cruises on Mission Bay, Segway excursions, and the chance to feed the resident ducks and fish.