Dad's Day: San Diego Surf Vacation

Seeking a more sporty way to fete your father? Get on board.

NAPKINS DOWN, BOARDS UP: There isn't a dad around who would decline a brunch or dinner in his honor -- nor would any of us, let's be honest -- but the idea of placing one's napkin on the table and fork on the plate and heading into the wild foamy ocean for some adventure-having has to appeal, too, as a family-fun outing possibility. Especially, of course, if the outing involves Father's Day, and a water-adjacent getaway in San Diego. But Paradise Point, though a getaway, goes well beyond "water-adjacent"; it is one of the city's landmark stays, a place that still possesses the old-school charms of its early-'60s origins but with plenty of modern updates. It is, in fact, "San Diego's Island Resort," and it feels that way, complete with tiki-style touches and other details that suggest the picturesque property was dreamed up by a movie producer (it absolutely was).

SURF'S UP: That means your pops can both wear his 1960s-cool resort wear, if he has a stash -- and so many dads do, passed down from their own dads -- and he can enjoy all of the amazing things that happen in and on the ocean, like surfing. Paradise Point began in an era of "Hawaii Five-O" and the Elvis Hawaii films, so learning to hang ten while staying in its lightly retro environs feels like an authentic return to form. Would your dad be up for digging out his lei and stepping aboard a board? Then sign up for the three-hour "Dad & Me" surf lessons at the Paradise Surf Academy, in honor of this Father's Day.

DAD SURFS FOR FREE: Yes he does, but the coolness doesn't end there: You and your father will take a speedboat to the lesson and back to the hotel (nope, you don't have to surf back). There are other nice adds, like a year-long membership in the beach-protective Surfrider Foundation, a bungalow-style room at the resort, and a tote bag that says "I Love My Beach" (well, we all love our beaches, it is true). Eager to give your dear dad a swanky, surfy holiday with a slightly '60s vibe? The code to book is PSDAD and the available dates are June 19 through 22. Oh, and the rates? They start at $365.

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