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Where to Go Out Salsa Dancing in San Diego: Wednesday, Friday, Saturday Salsa Nights at the San Diego La Jolla Marriot

Updated on January 30, 2018
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Anya Brodech is a professional salsa, latin, swing, and ballroom dance teacher in Oakland, CA.

Introductory Note

This event has been cancelled and is no longer being held!

I'm keeping this article posted to let people know that salsa night at the La Jolla Marriott has been discontinued.

It makes me really sad to hear this because it was one of my favorite places to go salsa dancing whenever I'd visit San Diego.

You can keep reading the rest of the article to find out what it was like when it used to be up and running, or if you're a sentimental person like me and just want to rememeber what is was like there.

The dance room is easily accessible from the main entrance of the hotel
The dance room is easily accessible from the main entrance of the hotel

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Overview of Dancing Salsa at the La Jolla Marriott

While visiting California this last June, I decided to go out salsa dancing. Due to my schedule, I wasn't able to do as much exploring as I'd have liked, but I did manage to get out to the San Diego La Jolla Marriott. I went for their Wednesday and Saturday salsa nights and I have to say that I'm impressed.

I'm from Chicago so I come from an intense salsa scene and was really happy to find people who were just as passionate about their dancing all the way across the country in San Diego! I was amazed at how many skilled dancers there were!

The atmosphere was nice and classy, but not too fancy. There were a lot of paintings of dancers on the walls which I really liked. Also, there was lots of room to sit down on the sides and put down your things. The dance floor itself was in impeccable condition and I could tell that it was made specifically for dancing and clean and well-maintained, which is something that any (good) dancer appreciates!

The dance room/lounge is accessible from the front of the hotel and is near the main entrance as well as the parking garage. Outside of the dance room, there is a sitting area with nice couches and down the hall are the restrooms and drinking fountain, so you can take a break.

I liked the neighborhood that it was in, right by a mall and restaurants, not too far away from the highway so it was easy to get to and I felt safe walking around there at night going to/from my car. Being able to park in the garage was also a plus, so I didn't have to hassle with street parking.

Interior of the "La Jolla Social Bar" aka. the "Dance room" at the La Jolla Marriott
Interior of the "La Jolla Social Bar" aka. the "Dance room" at the La Jolla Marriott

Wednesday Night Salsa Dancing at the La Jolla Marriott

I was at the La Jolla Marriott for Wednesday night salsa this last June (2013) while I was visiting San Diego. I went for the group class and was surprised at how fun and exciting it was. There was a really good turnout with a lot of people attending, which surprised because most group classes that I go to at other salsa places tend to be hum-drum and not too interesting. Even though the group class was mostly comprised beginners, everyone there, regardless of their skill level, was really excited about dancing!

After the group class was over and the social/open dancing portion of the evening started, even more people came in! There were so many skilled dancers there doing all sorts of fun crazy stuff, it was an amazing experience just to stand on the side and watch.

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Saturday Night Salsa at the La Jolla Marriott

At the end of my trip, I came back to the La Jolla Marriott for their Saturday Salsa night. I was with my friend and we showed up late, around 10:30pm and the place was PACKED!!! There was a lot of the same people from Wednesday night, but the place had even more energy it seemed because it was the weekend. I was there in the middle of June, so it got really hot in there and started becoming unbearable after dancing only a few songs. My friend and I ended up quitting early and leaving just because it was way too hot in there and everyone was literally dripping with sweat and not looking so pretty. It might get a bit cooler and more bearable in winter once it cools down outside because I was there in the summer when it was really hot.

Map of La Jolla Marriott

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4240 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA
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Author's Note and Special Thanks

I would like to thank the multiple dance studios in the San Diego area that I called and questioned about good places to go salsa dancing in/around the city, and the lovely staff members that recommended the San Diego La Jolla Marriott to me. I also would like to thank the hotel staff who answered my many questions and confirmed that this was a legitimate salsa place for good dancing. And of course, I'd like to thank the many wonderful salseros and salseras that I met there dancing, including one fellow Chicagoan salsero, who made me feel very welcome and special. Thank you everyone who was involved in helping me discover this wonderful place! Keep on dancing!

© 2013 Anya Brodech


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      Anya Brodech 3 years ago from 130 Linden St, Oakland, California, 94607

      yes, they have a beginners salsa lesson at the beginning

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      Phoenixsalsa 3 years ago

      Does this venue has a lesson at the beginning of the social or is it just social dancing? I am from Phoenix and here for example almost every salsa venue has a salsa lesson before the social starts.

      If you ever in Phoenix by the way check out our salsa scene…