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Readers’ Choice Travel Awards 2018

We polled online readers to find out the top places to stay and play for our annual Readers’ Choice Travel Awards. If a vacation (or staycation) is in your future, look no further.



Best Cruise Line

Disney Cruise Line


Best Theme Park



Best Baja Hotel

Hacienda Guadalupe


Best Baja Winery

Lechuza Winery


Best Girls’ & Guys’ Getaway

Hard Rock Hotel


Best Overall

Harrah’s Resort Southern California


Best Staycation Hotel

Harrah’s Resort Southern California


Best Hotel Breakfast

Hotel Del Coronado


Best Waterfront/Beachfront Hotel

Hotel Del Coronado


Best Santa Barbara/ Ojai Hotel

Ritz Carlton Bacara

Best Orange County Hotel

Montage Laguna Beach


Best Sightseeing Company

Old Town Trolley Tours


Best Hotel Spa

Omni La Costa


Most Romantic

L’Auberge Del Mar


Best Travel Agent

Scott Dunn Private Journeys


Best Airline

Southwest Airlines


Best Las Vegas Hotel

The Cosmopolitan


Best LA Hotel

Tie: Terranea & Montage Beverly Hills


Best Business Hotel

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Best Hotel Concierge

Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Best Palm Springs Hotel

JW Marriott Desert Springs


Best Weekend Getaway

La Casa Del Zoro

Best South Bay Hotel

Pier South


Best Downtown Hotel

The Pendry

Hippest Hotel

The Pendry

Best Golf Course

Torrey Pines Golf Course


Best Bay Area Hotel

Fairmont San Francisco


Best Ski Resort

Mammoth Mountain


Best North County Hotel

Park Hyatt Aviara

Most Luxurious

Park Hyatt Aviara

Best Local Air Charter

Schubach Aviation


Best Arizona Hotel

Tanque Verde Ranch


Best Hotel Restaurant

Vivace at Park Hyatt Aviara

Best Hawaii Hotel

Montage Kapalua Bay


Best Hotel Bar

Altitude Lounge at Marriott Gaslamp

Best Lake Tahoe Hotel

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort


Best Entertainment Venue

Belly Up


Best Local Winery


Best Family Friendly

Paradise Point


Best Hotel View

Paradise Point


Best Hotel for Teenagers

Paradise Point


Best Hotel Golf Course

St. Mark Golf Course at Lakehouse Resort


Best Attraction

(Tie): Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo


Best Hotel for Pampering

Fairmont Grand Del Mar


Best Hotel Pool

Hyatt Regency Mission Bay


Best Outdoor Activity

(Tie): Paddleboarding and Hiking

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