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TikiVato
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From: Whittier, CA
Posted: 2013-11-06 7:33 pm   Permalink

Speaking of something fresh, if you like seafood, not far away is Point Loma Seafood, not cheap but worth every cent. I stop by there every chance I get.


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Dagg
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From: Van Isle BC CA
Posted: 2013-11-06 7:42 pm   Permalink

We are madly researching as i type...
looks like we might scrap San Diego and just spend most of the time in Long Beach Huntington Beach area, then a couple of nights to wind down on Catalina.

Flying into John Wayne is the most convenient and direct.


 
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MadDogMike
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Posted: 2013-11-06 7:57 pm   Permalink

As I remember Humphrey's has some older tropical bungalow style rooms and some newer more bland corporate hotel style rooms. Either way you get access to their beautiful grounds and walking distance to the Bali Hai but the older rooms are much more charming.
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Big Kahuna
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Posted: 2013-11-07 08:38 am   Permalink

http://oceanicarts.net/
Enough said!


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Dagg
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Posted: 2013-11-07 09:56 am   Permalink

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On 2013-11-07 08:38, Big Kahuna wrote:
http://oceanicarts.net/
Enough said!



Im on it!


 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2013-11-07 11:35 am   Permalink

Catalina Island is fun, but you might want to just do one night. It is going to be chilly, but not Canada cold. There won't be too many tourists or cougars this time of the year, but I agree that the Marlin Club is the best on the island.

I WOULD rent a car. Don't be scared of the traffic. It does suck in LA, but it is bearable. Many people deal with it on a daily basis. I go up to LA regularly (3 times this month) and I just treat the traffic as a warm hug telling me I made it to LA. I would go to SD, but I might be bias. Bali Hai is amazing and Point Loma Seafood is great as well. There is a lot to do besides tiki, but Trader Morts, Freaky Boutiki, Tiki mini golf in Mission Beach are just a few of the tiki related things to do in San Diego. Lots of places have Tiki Tuesday in SD too. I would not go to the tiki bar in Pacific Beach, actually since Fat Burger closed in PB there is no real reason to go to PB anymore

Don's and Tiki Ti are a must. You might just want to stay at those two places the whole trip. Tiki No is fun and by the Tonga Hut. I would recommend to go to the Beverly Hills Trader Vics over the LA Live. I have been to the downtown TV and never had a decent drink and I have tried them all a few times. The decor is nice though and I don't like to say anything bad about any tiki bars, so feel free to try it and judge for yourself. Billy's in Orange County is nice but parking is valet only so try to get a spot on the street. It would be a fun drive down the coast to Don's and Billy's on your way to San Diego. There isn't insane traffic on the Pacific Coast Hwy, and it is a nice scenic drive down the coast.

There is no real traffic in San Diego or Orange County so the commute down to San Diego from LA should only be a couple of hours, sometimes even less. Don't be scared of the traffic, it really isn't THAT big of a deal, it will just be annoying until you get out of LA.

If you do come down to San Diego, let me know. We can grab a drink at Bali Hai or something. Have a fun trip!


 
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Dagg
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Posted: 2013-11-07 12:43 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-11-07 11:35, lunavideogames wrote:
Catalina Island is fun, but you might want to just do one night. It is going to be chilly, but not Canada cold. There won't be too many tourists or cougars this time of the year, but I agree that the Marlin Club is the best on the island.



I hear ya, wife really wants to spend a few days on the island relaxing... so what wife wants...

the weather shouldn't be a problem


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On 2013-11-07 11:35, lunavideogames wrote:
I WOULD rent a car. Don't be scared of the traffic. It does suck in LA, but it is bearable. Many people deal with it on a daily basis. I go up to LA regularly (3 times this month) and I just treat the traffic as a warm hug telling me I made it to LA.



Yup Ive come to the conclusion that a car in unavoidable.


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On 2013-11-07 11:35, lunavideogames wrote:
I would go to SD, but I might be bias. Bali Hai is amazing and Point Loma Seafood is great as well. There is a lot to do besides tiki, but Trader Morts, Freaky Boutiki, Tiki mini golf in Mission Beach are just a few of the tiki related things to do in San Diego. Lots of places have Tiki Tuesday in SD too. I would not go to the tiki bar in Pacific Beach, actually since Fat Burger closed in PB there is no real reason to go to PB anymore



We have been to SD before and loved it (my sister used to live there, as well as in Huntington beach, she is back in Canada now)
As of this morning we have pretty much decided that we will base out of Huntington Beach and day trip from there. So a drive down the coast to SD will be on my want list.

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On 2013-11-07 11:35, lunavideogames wrote:
Don's and Tiki Ti are a must. You might just want to stay at those two places the whole trip. Tiki No is fun and by the Tonga Hut. I would recommend to go to the Beverly Hills Trader Vics over the LA Live. I have been to the downtown TV and never had a decent drink and I have tried them all a few times. The decor is nice though and I don't like to say anything bad about any tiki bars, so feel free to try it and judge for yourself. Billy's in Orange County is nice but parking is valet only so try to get a spot on the street. It would be a fun drive down the coast to Don's and Billy's on your way to San Diego. There isn't insane traffic on the Pacific Coast Hwy, and it is a nice scenic drive down the coast.

There is no real traffic in San Diego or Orange County so the commute down to San Diego from LA should only be a couple of hours, sometimes even less. Don't be scared of the traffic, it really isn't THAT big of a deal, it will just be annoying until you get out of LA.

If you do come down to San Diego, let me know. We can grab a drink at Bali Hai or something. Have a fun trip!



Thanks mega for your great input, Ill let ya know if we do the trip down to SD!
6.8 miles from HB to Dons = lots of time at Dons! (we will bus and/or cab it)

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JOHN-O
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Posted: 2013-11-07 1:29 pm   Permalink

What, no love for the Hawaiian Room or Hale Hawaii ??

These places are vintage Tiki bars !!


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Dagg
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Posted: 2013-11-07 1:40 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-11-07 13:29, JOHN-O wrote:
What, no love for the Hawaiian Room or Hale Hawaii ??

These places are vintage Tiki bars !!



Ill get em on my list

cheers


 
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TikiVato
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Posted: 2013-11-07 6:26 pm   Permalink

Darren, Let me know when you plan on going to Oceanic Arts. Unfortunately my calendar is full during the time you will be in town except for Monday November 23rd. If you do Oceanic Arts on that day, I can meet you there. My wife and I can then drive you to the Hawaiian Room in Bellflower then on the way back we can stop by The Embers in Whittier. Not Tiki but a classic dive bar which hosts a fantastic mural by Frank Bowers. Wish I was in town that week to show you around.

Your wife is a smart lady wanting two nights on Catalina. I wouldn't go if I could only stay for one night. It's a great place for R&R (rest and recuperation) They serve a pretty good Bloody Mary at the Marlin.

The Trader Vic's cocktails might be better in Beverly Hills than the L A live Trader but you mentioned you preferred the tiki decor factor over food and drinks. That being the case, L A Trader wins hands down.
If you go to Billy's try to make it during happy hour. Buy their anniversary glass with the savings from happy hour.
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Dagg
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Posted: 2013-11-07 6:44 pm   Permalink

Not sure what day ill try to hit OA but ill let you know ASAP, thanks for the kind offer!

So we just booked our flights and one hotel (still need to book Catalina hotel)
We fly into John Wayne on Sat the 23rd and are in the best western on the beach in HB (wanted decent price and a kitchenette) until the 29th, then we will head over to the island and fly home from John Wayne on the 2nd

Yay!

Edit to fix typo

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Dagg
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Posted: 2013-11-07 6:48 pm   Permalink

Now I need to figure out the bus schedule in between HB an Dons!
I'll use the rental car for sight seeing and figure out other transport for boozing it up


 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2013-11-07 7:11 pm   Permalink

You might want to look into vacation rentals on Catalina Island. Many will be as cheap or cheaper than a hotel and get you a lot more bang for your buck. On catalina, there is also Luau Larry's which has some tropical beverages. Right outside of the town towards the gardens there is a mexican food joint that does happy hour everyday. When we were there they had $1 tacos and cheap beers. We went every day we were there.

There is a bike path too, from HB to Don's. You could always rent some bikes.


 
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lunavideogames
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Posted: 2013-11-07 7:30 pm   Permalink

PS: Oh yeah and Tiki Ti is only open Wednesday through Saturday 4-1. Make sure you make it to Tiki Ti though, it is the BEST!

 
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Dagg
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Posted: 2013-11-07 7:46 pm   Permalink

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On 2013-11-07 19:11, lunavideogames wrote:
You might want to look into vacation rentals on Catalina Island. Many will be as cheap or cheaper than a hotel and get you a lot more bang for your buck. On catalina, there is also Luau Larry's which has some tropical beverages. Right outside of the town towards the gardens there is a mexican food joint that does happy hour everyday. When we were there they had $1 tacos and cheap beers. We went every day we were there.

There is a bike path too, from HB to Don's. You could always rent some bikes.



Oh! Good call on the bike path and the vacation rentals! I'm so stoked! Can ya tell?


 
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