Where To Find Revitalizing Hot Springs Near San Diego

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who swear by the well-being benefits of regularly submerging themselves into a geothermal mineral bath, and those who simply haven’t tried it yet. Thanks to Southern California’s varied landscape, many of these revitalizing, naturally heated, ground-fed pools can be found in the area — so getting to one and taking a dip is a pretty simple prospect. If you’re interested in exploring the therapeutic benefits of these natural spas, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s where to find the best hot springs near San Diego

(Note: some of these spots are a bit of a drive, but trust us — the day trip is worth it.)

Carlsbad Mineral Spa (34.2 miles from the hotel)

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Just up the coast in Carlsbad, you’ll discover this historic spa — an institution since 1882. In that year, U.S. Naval Captain John Frazier was drilling a well on some property he’d purchased and got more than he bargained for. The famous alkaline spring water he discovered has been lauded for its restorative properties for nearly 150 years. Whether you take a mineral bath here or grab a bottle to drink, you’ll no doubt feel the benefits. 

2802 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008 


Jacumba Hot Springs Resort (83.1 miles away)

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Located in a small municipality about an hour east of the metro, Jacumba Hot Springs occupies a remarkable plot of land in the high desert. The air is legendarily clean, there’s abundant sunshine, and the swimming pools on the property are all fed by naturally heated underground mineral springs. Take a drive, take a dip, and revel in the miraculously refreshing waters of the spring. There’s even a bar and grill on site.  

44500 Old Hwy 80, Jacumba Hot Springs, CA 91934


Elim Hot Springs (83.1 miles away)

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This family-run soaking spot is something of a well-kept local secret. Devotées of Elim Hot Springs swear by the restorative properties of the fragrant waters here, as well as the bring-your-own-eats picnic areas, economical rates, cozy rest cottages, and friendly mom-and-pop team that welcomes visitors into the therapeutic pools on property. Relax, take a dip, and enjoy the view from any of several pools of varying natural temperatures.    

48480 Foolish Pleasure Rd, Aguanga, CA 92536


Glen Ivy Hot Springs (92.3 miles away)

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The Glen Ivy hot springs have been a storied therapeutic pilgrimage since long before the earliest European settlers began making inroads into the area. Sometime in the mid-1850s, the first inn was built near the naturally heated mineral pools, and visitors began flocking to their healing heat. Today, the Glen Ivy Spa is not only still inviting visitors to submerge and soak, but has also recently undergone an extensive renovation.

25000 Glen Ivy Road, Temescal Valley, CA 92883


Agua Caliente (98.4 miles away)

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This publicly accessible park space is nothing short of a natural wonder. Located in nearby Julian, it’s a day-trip destination that truly rewards exploration. There are three natural, ground-fed hot springs within the park that can be discovered via brief and breezy hikes. The springtime floral superbloom is also a sight to behold. But if you’d rather head straight for the soak, an indoor whirlpool spa makes use of the nearby mineral waters to offer a convenient therapeutic plunge.  

1849 Great Southern Overland Stage Route, Julian, CA 92036


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