San Diego Sand Castles

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San Diego Sand Castles
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10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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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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Jonadel C
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Couples
I saw some couples doing this on a dating tv show and I was like I wanna do it! San Diego sandcastles has great rates (I price compared) and very much worth the price. I had such a blast with JT! Hubby renewed our vows with our sand castle- We’re cheese balls I know. Had an awesome experience- would love to have my family learn from him or commission JT for our beach dinner rehearsal to take it up a notch! We spent 3 hours at the beach and time flew by. 5 stars and would def do it again!!!
Written June 6, 2021
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InfreqTrav1000
Houston, TX8 contributions
Outstanding, outstanding family activity. We went on 6.27.21 as a 7 person / 2 family group. JT was our instructor. We spent about 4 hours building a huge, sturdy sand castle with towers, stairs, windows, large door, and even cannonball hole.

JT patiently explained how to build and carve a work of art on the beach. We all played a part in building the sand castle and became the objects of attention from everyone on the beach. JT carved the front while letting us experiment on the backside.

JT helped us carve structures out of walls of sand using simple tools.

This was as close to a "I laughed, I cried" experience during our weeklong trip to San Diego. We all took turns standing on the sand castle at the end and had so many people come to pose in front of our sand castle. A total blast.
Written July 4, 2021
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Doug C
2 contributions
JT was our instructor and he was great! Before we started I was not feeling great about my abilities being on showcased on a public beach. My wife is the artistic one and JT adapted to our different needs beautifully. He came fully prepared and ready to do as much, or all, of the hard part, shoveling sand and carrying water, as we needed. His instruction style and support was was very friendly and clear. Throughout the process he would show us a couple of techniques and we would implement them on our castle and then he would show us something else at the next stage to try. We (I) never felt overwhelmed. Even before we were finished People were stopping and saying how great our castle was and asking if they could take pictures. We did this as part of our celebration of the 10th anniversary of our first date, and JT was able to help us incorporate that theme into our castle!
Thank you JT for a wonderful experience!
Written August 22, 2020
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Familytraveler
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We all had a blast! Highly recommend this experience for families, couples or team building.

This was a fun family project that we will always remember. JT was very patient with our children (12 and 9), and with us :). He gave us instructions on what to do and then was available to help, and add artistic touches. He also taught us some secrets to sand castle building that we can use later. The sand castle came out great and the kids were very proud. It took about 3 hours.
Written June 9, 2021
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Gabby
8 contributions
Couples
This was by far our favorite San Diego experience! My boyfriend and I had the best time building with Kristine. She was very experienced and was open to our suggestions/ artistic vision but also guided us very well. We spent about 3.5 hours building because we wanted to do lots of details and she did not hurry us one bit. Really enjoyed this, would be great for families or just adults!
Written February 20, 2020
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Tiffany C
2 contributions
Family
Our family of 5 boys had an incredible experience building a sand castle with JT. Our sons range in age from 15 to 7, and JT was so good to work with them all at their individual levels. Half of So Cal is shut down because of Covid, so we were looking for something fun to do. The boys all wore masks, as did JT. With the ocean breezes, it wasn’t too bad for them. Our 3-hour session stretched into 3.5... but JT was patient with all the finishing details that the boys wanted to make. He guided them enough to help them along, but allowed them space to put their personal touches on the castle. It is definitely a must-do experience if you or your family enjoys being outside and hanging out on the beach. The boys want to perfect their skills and come back with new design ideas. We would totally repeat this experience! The hardest part was walking away from their creation.

Logistics: we parked in the paid parking across the street on a Wednesday afternoon. Plenty of spaces and the easiest route for us. It was easy to find JT on the sand. We brought sunblock, chairs for mom and dad, drinking water for the kids, and a towel to dry off after rinsing in the showers nearby.
Written October 7, 2020
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Shan N
2 contributions
This was a fantastic experience. We were completely engaged for 3 hours and would have kept going if we hadn't needed to stop for dinner. JT was able to keep our 5 and 11 year old active the entire time. They truly loved this experience and can't wait to build castles again. This would be a great birthday party option as well.
Written May 31, 2021
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Craig W
2 contributions
Family
JT was awesome! Wonderful with kids, very patient and an excellent teacher. We were blown away by what we could build in just a couple of hours. We took great satisfaction in fielding compliments from others on the beach. We highly recommend San Diego Sand Castles!
Written May 22, 2022
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Neissa Brown S
23 contributions
During a women's retreat, JT led us through the process of building a sand castle and we had a blast! JT is an excellent instructor, very personable and accommodating. We assumed this would be a fun activity, but it was for sure a retreat highlight. I highly recommend!
Written January 26, 2022
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Lstpierre2012
Tybee Island, GA15 contributions
Family
Just do it!!!
This was SUCH a blast and was the best thing we did in San Diego (which is saying a lot!!). JT is a FANTASTIC and fun instructor and literally, shares all the secrets to making great castles or sand art. I cannot wait to get back on the beach and practice what I learned today. This would be great fun for people of ANY age. I just can’t stop smiling at the fun and unique and creative choice we made in doing this! Thanks, JT.
Written March 30, 2022
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  • Sun - Sat 10:00 AM - 7:30 PM