By: Brandy Black
In my ongoing search for the ultimate family getaway, I found it just off vacation road in San Diego. Through the Birds of Paradise, past the hibiscus and beyond the lily pad pond lays a bayside bungalow perched on a secluded beach. Fling open your French doors and let the children comb for seashells while you kick back on your Adirondack chair and watch the sailboats float by.
Paradise Point Resort has thought of everything -from the shallow pool for tots to the S’more package and fire pits.
The days are filled with bicycle excursions, boating, skiing, putt putt golf, croquet and tennis and the night is welcomed with tiki torch-lit pathways with live music seeping from the restaurants on the cove.
You may choose from the casual dining experience at Barefoot Bar and Grill or the fine dining at Baleen- both with equally gorgeous bayside views. With our toddler in tow, we enjoyed a delicious two-hour dinner chock-full of insatiable lobster and signature cocktails. I don’t remember the last time we were able to sneak a meal like that in but the sea creatures and live music kept her entertained for the night. I must admit that I was impressed with how good the food was for a 44-acre resort. They certainly didn’t overlook the cuisine.
We could barely rip ourselves from the beach the next morning to go to SeaWorld (and that was supposed to be the main attraction) but we swore we’d sneak back to the resort in the afternoon. A mere two-minute ride in the car and we were parked and ready for our big day.
Shamu was a big hit with our little one, but beware not to sit in the “Splash Zone”. Our daughter was worried for the rest of the day after getting soaked once. The show that really charmed our toddler most was “Blue Horizons”, with the dolphins and, most importantly, the main character Marina (or as we like to call her “the princess”), whose imagination comes to life as she dives through her window into the sea. There was so much to do with a 2 year-old -from the Cirque Du Soleil show to Toddler Zone, which included Sesame Street characters, water areas, bouncy rooms, rides and climbing areas, to feeding the sea lions (aggressive little buggers). 10 hours later with no break in between we were done with a fantastic day.
We were slated to leave the next morning but couldn’t possibly rob ourselves of kite flying on the beach and boating on the water. After playing hooky for one more day we had a truly wonderful vacation and fun for all.
The Family Plan:
Destination: San Diego
Transportation: Plane, Train or Automobile
Stay: Paradise Point Resort
Paradise Point Resort (arrive early)
Dinner at Baleen
Night: S’mores on the beach at your firepit
Late Afternoon Boating
Dinner on the dock (live music)
Morning walk on the beach and kite flying
Paradise Point Resort Room Rates:
Low Season = $219 – $419
High Season = $359 – $995