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San Diego Sand Castles

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Address: 4306 Ocean View Blvd, San Diego, CA 92113-1916
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+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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Unexpected Thrill

We always take our grandchildren to a location of their choice when they turn 12 years of age. last June our granddaughter chose San Diego for her trip. She chose Sea World, zoo... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Tim G
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We always take our grandchildren to a location of their choice when they turn 12 years of age. last June our granddaughter chose San Diego for her trip. She chose Sea World, zoo and sailing as her activities of choice. We added San Diego Sand Castles just because we wanted to experience it. To this very day she will tell... More 

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

We had so much fun doing this on our last trip to the West Coast we decided to do it again. Our instructor this time was Tony. He was fantastic! He let us pick the theme and showed us how to do the different elements. He was very patient and kept us all involved. Even my husband helped to create... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 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 

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Greer, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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