When I was little my parents used to sneak off to Vacation Village every time they went to a convention in San Diego. I never really knew what the resort was all about, until I took my own family there a few years ago. It’s now more commonly known as Paradise Point Resort and Spa.

This soft spot in my parent’s heart is now a soft spot in mine as well. I am in love with this kitschy, fun and family friendly resort. To me it’s the closest thing I’ve found to an east coast style vacation, but on the west coast. Why do I say that? It’s the sort of place where you do crafts, play cards, sit on the beach around a bonfire and peddle around in campy quad bikes. It’s all about family and friend at this newly renovated bungalow dotted island resort. There’s tennis and watersports, a lagoon pool, and dinner at Barefoot Grill or Baleen, overlooking the water and listening to (Barefoot Grill) live music as the sun sets into the Pacific and the entire bay lights up like a pastel rainbow.

There’s no need to hurry, and there’s plenty for families to do – from movie night at the pool to roasting s’mores on the beach (kits are available at the resort). But should you wish to venture outside the resort, Seaworld is right across the street.

The bungalow renovation brings lots of thoughtful details in – tiled floors look like hardwood but are easier to keep clean when you have constant foot traffic from the beach and pool. Wall mounted dispensers deliver luxury brand shampoo, conditioner and bodywash, cutting down on the number of disposible packages being thrown away. Throughout the rooms several unique touches (love the bedscarves!) lend a comfortable, relaxed, tropical breezy atmosphere.

Check out all the family deals on the Paradise Point website and read more about the history of this classic destination in San Diego.

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