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Surf's Up at The Surfer Beach Hotel in Pacific Beach

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For travelers looking for the perfect outdoor family vacation (or for locals seeking a fun "stay-cation"), there's no place better than Pacific Beach, San Diego. For families that have done the amusement parks and the big resorts, something different can be a great way to relax, recharge and spend time together. A surfing vacation in the heart of hang ten country could be just the thing to make everyone happy, and staying at the Surfer Beach Hotel makes it ultra easy and carefree.

Surfing Culture in San Diego

Surfing culture is a huge part of what makes Southern California what it is today. It affects everything here, from how people arrange their work schedules to the music, art and food of the region. The famous SoCal burrito (steak, french fries and guacamole) was a way for surfers to get quick, hot nutrition after a morning on the waves or before their evening set. A stroll down virtually any street in San Diego reveals the fashion sense of the surfer, and board shorts, t-shirts and flip flops rule in America's Finest City. 

Pacific Beach

Pacific Beach is an epicenter of surf culture in San Diego, with its miles of sandy shoreline and boardwalks, offering a wealth of outdoor, shopping and dining experiences. Of course, surfing is part of that scene, and a stay at the Surfer Beach Hotel gives families the ideally located base camp to test out the waves, catch the sunset over the Pacific and hit some local attractions while they're at it. 

The Surfer Beach Hotel has affordable, pet-friendly ocean-side rooms, all with 42-inch plasma TVs, free wifi and refrigerators. An upgrade to a Junior Suit gets guests a wet bar with microwave and coffee pot, as well as a seating area with a queen sofa bed. For the ultimate home away from home, the Sunset Suite features a 600-square-foot deck overlooking the ocean, two bedrooms, a full kitchen, formal dining for eight and a fully furnished living room. 

There's plenty of nearby family dining in Pacific Beach. At the end of a long day, guests at the Surfer Beach Hotel can relax in the heated pool before sinking into a pillow-top bed and dreaming of catching that perfect wave the next day.

The Surfer Beach Hotel has the connections to hook up guests with all the surfing lessons and equipment they need, whether they're novices or pros. Booking through the hotel directly puts visitors in the Surfer Lineup, which entitles them to discounted parking, perks and upgrades they won't get by reserving through outside travel sites. 

San Diego Activities

Surfing is hard work, so for those who want a break from the activity on the water, San Diego has a ton of world famous sights that make it a top travel destination for both US and international tourists: Sea World, The Birch Aquarium at the Scripps Institute, Little Italy, Balboa Park and its many museums, The La Jolla cliffs, The battleship USS Midway, open for public tours, The San Diego Zoo, The Gaslamp Quarter, and Cabrillo National Monument

Outdoor enthusiasts can find more fun in the sun going deep sea fishing, whale watching, bike riding or rollerblading along Mission Bay's many paths. Horse racing lovers can spend a day at the celebrated historic Del Mar Racetrack, watch elite equestrians compete in local shows or hop in the saddle themselves for a ride along the beach. The Activity Desk at the Surfer Beach Hotel is there to help guests find just the right San Diego attractions to enhance their visit. 

What to Pack

The beauty of the surfer and outdoor culture in San Diego, as well as the year-round wonderful weather, makes packing for a trip here a breeze, and it's especially conducive to traveling with kids. Nice jeans and a blouse or sport coat are all that's needed in most restaurants, even at night. The biggest concern is to prepare for changes in temperature and doing lots of walking or outdoor activities. 

Dressing in layers is suggested, with a sweater or jacket for the early morning and evening hours. Travelers should definitely pack swimsuits, along with any surfing gear, such as wet suits, board shorts or rash shirts (but those can easily be rented or purchased here as well). A good pair of walking shoes and sandals for the beach, along with a hat and sunscreen, are essential. A tote bag or backpack for the beach will hold extra gear and any purchases making their way back home. 

Travelers looking for a unique and healthy vacation should think about hitting the waves in Pacific Beach, San Diego. The Surfer Beach Hotel is a great place to start; contact them today to get started planning your trip. After a week of surf lessons, even the rankest beginner won't qualify as a "kook" (an outsider) any more, and it just might start a family tradition to last for generations.