deck resizeLooking for the perfect summer vacation? Dreaming of something tropical and exotic, yet Tahiti just isn’t in your budget? San Diego’s Paradise Point Resort feels like it’s a world away, yet there’s no passport required.

Paradise Point sits on a 44-acre island on Mission Bay, just minutes from downtown San Diego, but the lush gardens and South Seas-like setting with lagoons and waterfalls, make you feel like you’ve been transported to your own fantasy island.

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Hollywood movie producer Jack Skirball had just that in mind when he first saw the land back in 1962. He enlisted landscape architects to create a dramatic island resort that could also be used as a setting for his movies.

Stay in one of the beach bungalows, and your backyard is Mission Bay. End your day in paradise with a beach bonfire— the hotel offers s’mores kits in the gift shop and plenty of fire pits.
This tropical paradise has plenty for kids to enjoy. There are bike rentals and a scenic waterfront bike path.beach babesThere’s also a kids club for the younger ones. Paradise Point’s adjacent to SeaWorld, and a water taxi shuttles you over to the less-used back entrance of the amusement park. If you buy your tickets at the resort, you get to skip any long lines.

Traveling with teens? As any parent knows, an unhappy teen can be the difference between travel being an epic adventure and an epic fail. Paradise Point has its own surfing school and this summer, teens can make waves at a new watersports camp.

Teens get to experience a new water sport each day including wake boarding, surfing, knee boarding, water tubing, jet skiing, and snorkeling.

As you swap stories at the end of the day, you’ll be glad your family found it’s own paradise without having to leave the U.S.!

Disclosure: The author and her family were hosted by Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North.

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