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San Diego weekend ideas?
spy-tiki
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From: glendale, ca
Posted: 2003-07-21 10:24 am   Permalink

Part one: Where do you go in San Diego to spend a weekend near the water and hit every Tiki type joint there is? I've got the Road Trip book, but I'd like the advice of the masters.

Part two: Same question with a tight budget in mind. (Haven't decided how I want to do it yet)

Part three: Places not in the Road Trip book between there and L.A.

Thanks!

Oh yeah, Water's important! Snorkeling, boogie boarding, etc.

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Unga Bunga
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From: CaliTikifornia
Posted: 2003-07-21 11:29 am   Permalink

Definately dine at Bali Hai Rest..
cool website too.

http://www.balihairestaurant.com/

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thejab
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From: Tradewinds Apartments, Alameda, CA
Posted: 2003-07-21 11:40 am   Permalink

Without a doubt it's Humphrey's Half Moon Inn on Shelter Island. It will cost you over $100 for the cheapeast room depending on when you go. I looked into staying there in October and even mid week it was $110 for a AAA rate. But they're right on the bay and walking distance from the Bali Hai and Trader Mort's (tikified liquor store). There are tikis on the beautiful tropical grounds at Humphrey's but no tiki bar or restaurant on site.

An option if you don't mind not being next to the water is the Hanalei in Mission Valley. The Islands restaurant is there and there are enough tikis on the grounds to keep you happy (including a big moai next to the pool). Rates there start around $100.

There are numerous resort hotels in the Mission Bay area that have been de-tikied some time ago but still have a tropical feel. The Catamaran Resort, Hyatt Islandia, and Paradise Point Resort are the main ones. All are expensive.

There are no cheap hotels on or near Shelter Island that I can recommend but in Mission Valley (near the Hanalei) there are numerous lower priced chains like Kings Inn, Tavelodge, Comfort Inn, etc.
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Alnshely
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Joined: Mar 24, 2002
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From: Oceanside CA
Posted: 2003-07-21 11:47 am   Permalink

Hey swing by the lagoon room for a cocktail on your way down. Allways open.
Here are some old post about San Diego
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=579&forum=1
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=585&forum=1
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=1045&forum=1
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=2530&forum=1
http://www.tikiroom.com/tikicentral/bb/viewtopic.php?topic=2345&forum=1

"Bamboo2U"
Tiki superstore.
1240 N Coast Hwy 101 Encinitas CA 92024
760-943-6284

"Momalani's Island Traditions"
A great Hawaiian shop.

1906 Oceanside Blvd O-side CA 92054
760-754-1276

"Kealani's"
Fantastic plate lunch.
Close to my place.
207 N coast Hwy Oceanside CA 92054
760-722-1142

"Sam Choy's Bali Hai"
Cool Tiki Bar
We plan on going down on friday night with Tiki Hula, any one else?.
2230 Shelter Island Drive San Diego, California 92106
619-222 - 1181

"Island Room"
Cool Tiki place.
Drink in the restaurant, not the bar. look around the pool. very close to the Bali Hai
Red Lion Hanalei Hotel
2270 Hotel Circle North San Diego, California 92108


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twowheelin'tiki
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From: santa monica
Posted: 2003-07-21 9:13 pm   Permalink

the wife and I stayed at humphries and got smashed at the bali hai.It was the best!.you can stumble to the bali from your room.

 
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sparklegem
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Joined: Jul 20, 2003
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From: The Living Conditioned Homes
Posted: 2003-07-21 9:51 pm   Permalink

Thank you for posting this question. We will be in San Diego on Saturday; I am making our Tiki Travel Plans right now.
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christiki295
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Posted: 2003-07-21 10:40 pm   Permalink

Best Western Island Palms is a short walk from Humphrey's and is a modern jewl, with an ameoba pool, tropical facade and wonderful, exotic lobby.

It may be a bit cheaper than Humphreys.

Also, it may be quiter\serene because if you have an ocean view, because the parking lot for the public boat harbor is across the street from Humphrey's (ocean side).


 
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spy-tiki
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From: glendale, ca
Posted: 2003-07-22 11:29 am   Permalink

Great Info! I'm looking into taking a second mortgage on my house for the weekend at the hotels. I am however, interested in a place with proximity to water that you can play in. Most of the Shelter Island and surrounding area hotel photos I see show a lot of harbors. I don't want to bang in to too many boats while body surfing, etc. Any ideas on a place not too far away with beach access? I can drive to The Tike sites for dinner, etc. Thanks!

 
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Tiki_Bong
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Posted: 2003-07-22 11:38 am   Permalink

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On 2003-07-22 11:29, spy-tiki wrote:
Most of the Shelter Island and surrounding area hotel photos I see show a lot of harbors. I don't want to bang in to too many boats while body surfing.



spy-tiki,

I think you'll be OK in that harbors don't have waves, hence the name - harbor...


    
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spy-tiki
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Posted: 2003-07-22 11:53 am   Permalink

I WANT waves! Lots and lots of waves! no boats.

Just to add... I guess I don't need to actually be IN San Diego. I want to hit all the spots, but I really spend a lot of time IN the water. Snorkeling, Scuba (but not on this trip), body surfing, etc.

Anyone have any ideas? (I Do plan to hit the sites, but I REALLY want to get into the water and out of this HEAT!



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thejab
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Posted: 2003-07-22 12:41 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-07-22 11:53, spy-tiki wrote:
I WANT waves! Lots and lots of waves! no boats.

Just to add... I guess I don't need to actually be IN San Diego. I want to hit all the spots, but I really spend a lot of time IN the water. Snorkeling, Scuba (but not on this trip), body surfing, etc.

Anyone have any ideas? (I Do plan to hit the sites, but I REALLY want to get into the water and out of this HEAT!



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You want to stay in Pacific Beach or Mission Beach. There are plenty of places to stay right on the beach or a short walk. If you're on a low budget there's a Banana Bungalow hostel in PB. There's even a motel on Crystal Pier! The body surfing can be real good in PB.

http://www.welovepb.com/

The only drawback is that Shelter Island is a good drive away (20-30 minutes). A closer beach to Shelter Island is Ocean Beach. It's a real crunchy scene there but the people are friendly and there's an amazing underwater themed bar downtown called Pacific Shores.

An interesting article about OB:
http://www.sandiegomag.com/issues/august97/ob.shtml

For snorkeling the La Jolla cove area should be checked out. It's also a nice place to stay but very expensive.


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spy-tiki
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Posted: 2003-07-22 3:25 pm   Permalink

Hey thejab. (do I call you "the" or "Mr. Jab"?)

Anyway, I'm booked for the weekend at the Ocean Park Inn in Pacific Beach. About the only place in town with a room available. (Hope that's a good thing) Right on the beach anyway. Thanks for the advice. I'll be in the water by day and tiki-ing by night. Any other must see items in the area?

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thejab
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Posted: 2003-07-22 4:16 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2003-07-22 15:25, spy-tiki wrote:
Hey thejab. (do I call you "the" or "Mr. Jab"?)

Anyway, I'm booked for the weekend at the Ocean Park Inn in Pacific Beach. About the only place in town with a room available. (Hope that's a good thing) Right on the beach anyway. Thanks for the advice. I'll be in the water by day and tiki-ing by night. Any other must see items in the area?

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You can call me the jab, el jab, jabbo, jabberwocky, whatever. Sounds like you made a fine choice as it's right on the beach. Watch out for the PB partiers. They can drink like fish. Good food choices in PB are Kono's Surf Club Cafe, World Famous, The Eggery, and Cotija taco stand.

Must see atraction #1 is the San Diego Zoo and adjacent Balboa Park.

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jukeboy56
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From: Hobbs, New Mexico
Posted: 2003-07-26 12:15 pm   Permalink

My wife and I are planning an anniversary trip to San Diego & La Jolla and she noticed yesterday that Lucinda Williams will be playing Humphrey's on the day of our anniversary (September 9th). So, we're booked at the Half Moon Inn and will be checking out Bali Hai again. (Last trip there, the gift shop was closed) I'm pumped!
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Shipwreckjoey
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Joined: Nov 29, 2002
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From: San Diego, CA
Posted: 2003-07-26 3:59 pm   Permalink

Pac Shores in O.B. is great! After that you can wander down Newport to Tony's for the world's best martini (& if you can still stand after that) hit South Beach at the end of the street for killer fish tacos. Another good shop to visit (close too) is Solai on Morena Blvd. I'm just getting ready to head up there now to pick up some bamboo for my new mug shelf (roughly fashioned after the one pictured on the cover of Intoxica). A good source for raw materials as well as reasonably priced decor trinkets.

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