Our family travel series continues with Valley-based boy mom Mama B, lifestyle contributor Nadine Bubeck. Every month, Nadine showcases a fabulous destination- providing five things about visiting the hot spot.
This month, we’re heading to an “island oasis” in San Diego, but I bet you haven’t heard of it (I didn’t even know it existed when I LIVED in San Diego!). Consider it one of SD’s hidden gems and it’s great for families.
Where to stay:
Many Arizonans are all too familiar with Mission Beach and Pacific Beach, but did you know there’s a 40+ acre bayfront resort offering family bungalows amidst the sand? Paradise Point is tucked away on gentle Mission Bay in the heart of San Diego, featuring casita-style guestrooms and amenities. The tropical-themed property has five pools, beach bonfire pits, dining venues, a marina, spa and more.
We had a bayfront bungalow equipped with a living room, kitchen, private bedroom and balcony. It easily fit our family of five (the boys love sleeping on a sofa bed!)- plus, the décor was super chic and beach infused. Totally done right.
Where to play:
You really don’t have to leave Paradise Point, given you are literally on the bay. My kids (three under 5) loved swimming in the water- it’s calm and shallow. The sand is lovely and great for shell hunting, and the property itself offers pools, surrey bikes, activities for kids, and more. And did I mention you can rent jet skis, paddle boats and other water recreation items at the resort?
However, if you have an energetic posse, I do recommend getting some major exercise and accessing the Mission Bay walking path via the resort. While it’s somewhat of a trek, it’s totally doable, and my kids love “scootering the path,” in addition to spending time at one of my favorite bay-front playgrounds. Affordable entertainment and soaking in the fresh air; a win-win! Plus, you’re super close to Belmont Park (rides galore) and SeaWorld.
Where to feast:
Paradise Point has a bunch of restaurants including an island themed grill, a pizza place, and a cool eatery called Tidal featuring a fab adult’s menu (and bento boxes for the kids). And if you do venture to Pacific Beach, check out World Famous. I literally crave the fish tacos year-round.
What to bring:
Since you’ll be playing in the bay, make sure to bring young kids floating gear, in addition to favorite floaties. Yep, they’ll love lounging on that big blow-up unicorn!! Also, if you have those foldable scooters, I highly recommend bringing those along as well; in fact, I just discovered my new obsession: the Globber scooter for adults! The boys got a kick out of me and my husband scoot’ing along with them, and the path isn’t hilly.
Shop deals. The resort offers seasonal savings- and keep in mind, fall is a lovely time to visit San Diego! Just because school is heading back in session, this escape makes an awesome destination for fall break.
Written by: Nadine Bubeck
Nadine Bubeck is a TV Personality, author, lifestyle blogger, and fashion designer, having founded Mama B. Designs: boutique apparel that benefits March of Dimes. The Valley-based parenting contributor is a blessed boy mom times three. (nadinebubeck.com)