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San Diego Sand Castles

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Address: 4306 Ocean View Blvd, San Diego, CA 92113-1916
Phone Number: +1 619-200-0565
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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This was a great experience!!. JT is so fun and a good instructor. I definitely recommend anyone to sign up immediately. Sand castle building brings the creativeness out of you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a great experience!!. JT is so fun and a good instructor. I definitely recommend anyone to sign up immediately. Sand castle building brings the creativeness out of you! It took us 4 hours to build our castle but time flew by so quick. Here is the final result.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was the greatest way to celebrate my mom's 70th birthday! We really didn't know what to expect, but it exceeded our expectations by far! It was a lot more work than I thought it would be but it wasn't too hard at all. Andrew our Sand Sculpture Artist is so talented. He taught us all so much about what... More 

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Carpentersville, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best experiences and our favorite family activity this vacation! Andrew was awesome!!! So patient and a great teacher! Our girls 6 & 8 can't stop talking about the awesome castle we all made and the "sand balls"! Highly recommend to any family looking for something different to do and spend quality time together! We loved it! Thank... More 

Thank NorrisL4065
Greer, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I took his class and it Exceeded our expectations. JT taught us the secrets to building quality castles. It was just a really neat, different type experience. Highly recommend. Tillman Hall, Clemson University.

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Eudora, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2016

JT is amazing. Tips and tricks for building professional sand castles - a definite must do, not your typical cookie cutter tourist thing. Loved this experience with my kids.

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Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

We did a 3 hour sandcastle building lesson at the last minute and it WAY exceeded our expectations. David, our instructor, was brilliant in teaching us, getting everyone involved, using their creativity to build a sand castle which frankly I still don't believe we built. Wow. What an amazing experience. I cannot recommend this enough it was absolutely brilliant fun.... More 

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Big Bear Lake, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

We had 5 adults in our group and had a fantastic morning. JT made it fun, easy, and educational. He taught a bit about architecture along with our how tos. And had no issue with combining Star Wars and traditional castles to satisfy everyone's wishes. Thanks for s memorable day.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

I signed up for lessons with a friend while on vacation. We're both in our early 30s and didn't have kids with us, but this is a blast for adults too! For anyone who's ever tried to build a sandcastle, you've probably been going about it all wrong! We had a great teacher and he took his time with us,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

We arranged it as a surprise for our 10 year old son on our holiday. Our instructor was great. So friendly and helpful, there was no rush, we really enjoyed our time. We were amazed at what a big detailed castle we learned to make. A great thing to do as a family, but I think everyone, regardless of age,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Andrew was a great instructor. We had a toddler, and he brought along sand toys. We opted for a shorter lesson, but he was still able to help us create a great-looking castle. We learned a lot!

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