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San Diego Sand Castles

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Address: 4306 Ocean Boulevard, San Diego, CA
Phone Number: +1 619-200-0565
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Description: The best way to spend time on San Diego's beaches is by doing something...
The best way to spend time on San Diego's beaches is by doing something unique - build a professional style sand castle! San Diego Sand Castles isn't a gallery, competition, or "thing to see" for public viewing (please don't come to our address expecting to see sand castles!) In fact, we're a far more interactive reservations-required beachside "thing to do" where your group gets to be the artists! San Diego Sand Castles specializes in sand castle lessons for people of all ages all year-round! Our sand castle lessons are a lot of fun, are educational, and a great way to spend time on the beach in San Diego. When the instructors aren't happily teaching sand castle lessons, they are often working on professional masterpiece commissioned sculptures or you can often find them creating their own unique ideas!
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Our family of 4 (older kids of 17 & 24) had great fun building our masterpiece with Tony who had loads of patience and quickly helped us to rectify any mishaps we had (and there... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Our family of 4 (older kids of 17 & 24) had great fun building our masterpiece with Tony who had loads of patience and quickly helped us to rectify any mishaps we had (and there were a few!) We've never done anything like this before, the 3 hours passed so quickly and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Thank you Tony.

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Coram, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

My husband and I took our class with Kristine and it was amazing! It is definitely worth it, and a once in a lifetime excursion.

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Roseville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Our family comes to San Diego once a year. We are always looking for interesting, fun and new things to do during our travels. We LOVED our time spent building sand castles together and Kristine was amazing. Thanks Kristine we will be back!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Our experience with San Diego Sand Castles, specifically Kristine, was by far our favorite thing we did in California. My fiance, like many of the other guys mentioned in other reviews, was reluctant when I suggested it but he was totally into once we got started! There's something magical about creating a tall castle out of sand on a beautiful... More 

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JT-Estrela, Manager at San Diego Sand Castles, responded to this review

We are happy to be a part of your magical beach day! There really is something magical about creating a sand castle together, and that's what keeps us so happy when we do our lessons. There is something about cutting the sand, working as a team, and seeing the result of all the hard work that is quite fulfilling indeed... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

Can honestly say this one of the best "excursions" our family has booked on any vacation. Decided to try something different with our children (ages 9 and 11). Andrew was a terrific instructor and very patient with the kiddos. Kids can participate as much or as little as their attention spans allow. If they want to run and play, then... More 

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JT-Estrela, Public Relations Manager at San Diego Sand Castles, responded to this review

Saying that building castles with us was your favorite "excursion" out of every vacation your family has had is about the highest praise we think we could ever get, and it's really one of the most meaningful things to us to hear it. Andrew is truly incredible at teaching sand castles; he strikes the perfect balance of pushing kids to... More 

Ballwin, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We were in San Diego visiting relatives in June and spent a fun morning with Kristine building an amazing sand castle. She texted me a couple days before our appointment with great directions to the meeting place and asked what type of structure we wanted to build. Our kids, ages 11 and 13, really wanted to build Hogwarts. And amazingly... More 

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Chicago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Spent the afternoon building a sand castle with Andrew. It was the highlight of our trip! Andrew did a great job teaching us how to build a great sandcastle and allowing us to create our masterpiece. Time flew by and we had a terrific day. Can't recommend this enough!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We met Tony this morning for our 10 am class. We had 4 adults and 3 kids (9, 11, and 14). First of all, Tony was AWESOME. He explained everything really well and never got aggravated if the kids (or adults) slipped up. He would just laugh and say it's easy to fix and that was that. The class was... More 

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JT-Estrela, Front Office Manager at San Diego Sand Castles, responded to this review

We are so happy to see that Tony earned an all caps "AWESOME"! We agree, you'll never forget building a castle the way you can in our lessons... many times they're taller than the kids! Vacations really are about spending time together and making memories. We give you the added bonus of new sand skills to boot! Thank you so... More 

Manhattan Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

San Diego Sand Castles ROCKED! My girl scout troop of middle school girls raised money for a trip to San Diego. They chose sand castle building as one of their activities and they were so glad they did. Their time with Kristine at San Diego Sand Castles turned out to be the HIGHLIGHT of their trip. Kristine was GREAT! they... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

This was an absolutely awesome experience. We were in California for two weeks and did a lot of fun stuff, but this probably is at the top of my kids' list. They could not believe what they created. (Thanks, TripAdvisor . . . I would have never found this without you!!). My boys are 17, 14, and 11 and were... More 

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JT-Estrela, Guest Relations Manager at San Diego Sand Castles, responded to this review

One of our favorite things is when we get a hesitant teenager, boyfriend, or husband and they quickly become a convert! I think a lot of times people don't realize that we're not just turning little baby buckets over... we really teach all the professional techniques with hardcore tools and equipment, and that can be as easy or as challenging... More 

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