Paradise Point Offers Perfect Tropical Vacation

Hawaii is closer than you think if you live in California. Just drive to San Diego and stay at the lush Paradise Point Resort and Spa, an island resort just like those you find in the tropics.

Okay, it’s not exactly the same, but San Diego’s Paradise Point Resort and Spa has pulled out all the stops to re-create many of the islands’ charms. To begin with, it’s on an island. Then factor in the lush old-growth palm trees – groves of them – that make the 44-acre resort feel in many ways like CoCo Palms, the famous resort on Kauai where Elvis Presley filmed Blue Hawaii. Throw in some tiki torches, beaches, lagoons, lush gardens and plenty of birds, turtles and other wildlife, and you have Hawaii, the California version.

Oh, did we mention it’s also right next door to one of the most popular theme parks in California – SeaWorld? You’re starting to get the picture. Paradise Point has to be considered one of California’s best kids’ resorts with its many recreational opportunities and special features. Many of the resort’s bungalows offer spectacular waterfront views across Mission Bay to Pacific Beach and La Jolla. Other bungalows are on various lagoons and waterways situated throughout the resort property. With numerous swimming pools and beaches, water recreation is never far away, and families will enjoy – as we did – discovering all the resort’s nooks and crannies by riding bicycles through the property and an adjacent waterfront park.

While the resort features several tennis courts, croquet and other family activities, a unique feature is the 18-hole putting golf course. A lot like a miniature golf course, the green is woven throughout the resort’s tropical landscaping and easy for all ages to enjoy. The course is surrounded by palm trees and other lush vegetation making you feel like you really are in Hawaii playing golf in the tropics.

With so many fun family activities, it’s no wonder that Paradise Point was the resort selected by the TV show Jon and Kate Plus Eight when they brought the family to the San Diego area. This, of course, was a major selling point for our nine-year-old daughter who couldn’t wait to vacation in the same place as Jon and Kate.

Our one-bedroom bungalow was on a horseshoe-shaped beach with plenty of sand and calm water for swimming. Outside, there were chairs to sit and enjoy the view as well as a lawn area to play. Inside, the bungalow was completely furnished and featured two stylish easy chairs, a coffee table and sleeper-couch as well as a dinette set in the main open area of the unit. Adjacent was a wet bar with a refrigerator. The bedroom featured a king bed with a decorative headboard and other modern bedroom furniture. A bath/shower combination was flanked on both sides by vanities. Throughout the bungalow, the warm designer colors and special decorative touches made the unit look and feel like it had just been updated – which it had as part of a major renovation just completed.

This is a resort where you keep on finding new things to catch your interest and we enjoyed meandering the grounds and finding such things as Spa Terre where even children are value customers. Mom and daughter can get a side-by-side massage, or there are such things as ice cream pedicures and finger painting kids manicures. Or try the Clean for Teen Facial. But careful – get those kids hooked on spas and your future resort bills will never be the same.

For lunch, we’d highly recommend the Barefoot Bar and Grill with one of San Diego’s best waterfront views and plenty of that Hawaiian style landscaping to transport you to a different world. The kids will enjoy watching the sharks and other fish in the bar’s lagoon, while the outdoor patio will have you alternating glances between the boats going by and the beautiful people sitting next to you. The food at Barefoot is top-notch with burgers, hot sandwiches and salads the main fare.

We also had the opportunity to dine at the resort’s BALEENsandiego, a stylish restaurant with an impressive array of dishes. Known for its seafood and incredible views, we found it also does really well with its fire-roasted meats and desserts to die for. The chef here obviously puts in the effort to make this one of San Diego’s finest restaurants and both Baleen and the Barefoot Bar are easily accessible not only for Paradise Point guests, but also for San Diego visitors staying at other properties. Either restaurant would be an excellent choice for a special meal out.

Mission Bay is well situated and quite near such attractions as the SeaWorld, the San Diego Waterfront, Old Town, and La Jolla.

AT A GLANCE

WHERE: Paradise Point Resort and Spa is on its own island in the middle of Mission Bay, just minutes off Interstate 5, but a world apart.

WHAT: A true island retreat, Paradise point is surrounded by the water of Mission Bay, an area popular for great jogging or biking and numerous water activities. It’s an excellent choice for couples or families.

WHEN: Any time of year. Even in winter, the temperatures are in the 60′s and the odds are that you’ll get a fair amount of sunshine.

WHY: Paradise Point offers you the ability to stay in one area and still have a vacation full of activities, or you are well situated for an easy drive to nearby points of interest such as SeaWorld, downtown San Diego, Pacific Beach or La Jolla.

HOW: For more information on Paradise Point Resort and Spa, call 800-344-2626.

A Bahamas Vacation – Choose the Abaco Beach Resort and You’ll Want to Go Back Again

The Out Islands of the Bahamas is a wonderful place to venture to if you love sun, sand and good times. And one of the finest resorts in the Bahamas is the Abaco Beach Resort.

Abaco Beach Resort

Your options at the upscale Abaco Beach Resort seem almost limitless.

  • You can choose either a spacious ocean front room or a cottage with a complete kitchen at this 82-unit oceanfront resort.
  • You can choose to relax on its own private beach or participate in water sports.
  • You can play tennis at one of the two tennis courts or work out in the fitness room.
  • You can get to the islands by plane or boat – yours or someone else’s.
  • If it’s yours you may want to avail yourself of the spectacular 190-slip full service marina that sets it apart from the other Bahamas hotels.

    The service and hospitality is first rate. You can always find someone to help you with whatever you need.

    The crystal clear waters are superb for surfing, snorkeling and scuba diving. If you’d prefer to be above the water you might care to go sport fishing.

    The management and staff at the Abaco Beach Resort are really fantastic and are dedicated to ensuring that your vacation with them is as fun and worry free as possible. You can call on them whenever you want should you desire any assistance.

  • Their mission seems to be to help you make the most of your time in the Bahamas.
  • Whether you decide to stay at the Abaco Beach Resort or another terrific resort in the Bahamas you will probably pinch yourself with delight. The Bahamas has justifiably been one of the most popular tourist destinations for years now.

    Go there and it will probably become one of your top choices when you’re planning future vacations.

    The Bahamas – A Great Choice For Travel and Vacations

    This group of 700 islands, beginning sixty miles east of the Florida coast, is dazzling in its diversity. Activities like golfing with your family, world class bone fishing, or just hanging out and relaxing at the beach. For diving and snorkeling the Bahamas boast the world’s third longest barrier reef and visibility of over 200 feet. You can also explore the world’s longest underwater cave and cavern system at Lucayan National Park on Grand Bahama. Great shopping, and the resorts start at $33.00 dollars a day up to $300 a day.

    The island of New Providence is divided into three main tourist areas — Nassau, Paradise Island and Cable Beach.

    Hotel complexes dominate expansive Cable Beach, which underwent a recent facelift, transforming it to a mecca for visitors who prefer beach combing with options for exercise and lively entertainment nearby. Luxurious accommodations are offered in resorts of all sizes and types with gourmet food, world-class entertainment, sports facilities (including a golf course) and some large casinos never more than a few steps away.

    Nassau, the capital, adds a grand British undertone to island life. Pink government buildings at Rawson Square (actually a circle) face cruise ships whose passengers are drawn to a day of duty-free shopping downtown. A new museum interpreting the colorful Junkanoo tradition is tucked at wharf side in the ships’ shadows. Tiny pubs and restaurants dot Nassau’s narrow side streets. And a bustling straw market houses hundreds of vendors ready to bargain with souvenir merchandise. You can even catch a ride on a horse drawn carriage.

    Cross the bridge to Paradise Island where beaches are first- class and the resort selection is excellent — from upscale chic on stately estate grounds, to a yoga retreat, condo facilities (great for family vacations), and large luxury properties (one with a glass tunnel for viewing marine life and a low-key water park). Activity abounds at every turn. Paradise Island has an excellent golf course and its own small airport.

    Grand Bahama, with resort development at both Freeport and Lucaya, has the same features on a smaller scale. Golf, tennis, water sports and duty-free shopping are popular and plentiful. And the island moves at a leisurely pace.

    Kick back further and visit the Out Islands, favored by explorers who prefer their island life quaint, quiet, simple and barefoot. No rules here, just relaxation and recreation on land and sea when the spirit moves you. Interesting and excellent small and mid-sized hotels and family-run guest houses are interspersed with touches of history and hundreds of friendly faces. Out Island exploration is especially popular with eco-tourists in search of unspoiled island atmosphere, game fishermen seeking a record catch and all those who prefer to daydream in idyllic surroundings.