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“Great time with Tony building dream castle!”

San Diego Sand Castles
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 5, 2017

Found San Diego Sand Castles mentioned in one of the forums. Planned this for my 18 and 20 year old nieces while visiting the area. This was one of the favorite things we did during our visit. Their mom, grandmother and I watched and took pictures. Tony was a lot of fun, very patient and definitely added to the experience. We booked the last appointment of the day and got lots of great sand castle sunset photos. It was hard to leave the beach and their masterpiece behind. Great for almost any size group. Not sure why Trip Advisor lists this under activities instead of under "Things to do". We almost missed it.

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Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

We had such a blast during our session!!! Tony was amazingly patient with our little ones and took the time to work with each of them to highlight their strengths! We had 3 adults and 3 kids, ages 6, 7, and 12. Our session lasted exactly two hours and that was perfect for us! Constructing such a beautiful sand castle from scratch truly blew our minds and the kids were super proud of their creation! They even used the techniques they learned from Tony to construct their own sand castles when we got back to Oceanside! A big Thanks to Tony for facilitating one truly awesome vacation memory!

Thank Heather C
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Reviewed July 28, 2017

We have taken the San Diego Sand Castles building lessons twice with 2 different groups. It is a great activity for visitors to San Diego or residents. Both times we had Tony guiding us and he was great. It is amazing what you can create with the right tools and instruction!

Thank mfoster96
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Reviewed July 27, 2017 via mobile

Amazing!!! Just one word is all you need!! What a fun day with JT!! The bride to be with her besties!! Great time was had by all!! A memorable time for years to come! If you are looking for a fun and memorable thing to do why not try to schedule a course of hours with JT or one of the other instructors!! You will not be disappointed?

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Reviewed July 27, 2017 via mobile

Highlight of our week vacation- kids loved it! Highly recommend for family with kids or young teens. Who knew how much fun building a sand castle could be ☀️☀️

Thank Cory S
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