The Catamaran’s tropical decor and waterfront setting are enough to make you say “Alooooooha!”, but add to it a traditional lei and delicious mai tai welcome(for those of legal drinking age :-)) accompanied by live Hawaiian music and your hips will hula in no time.
The feast and festivities begin with the grand arrival of the Kalua Pig. The mouth-watering buffet includes tropical delights of fresh fruit, green salads, miso glazed salmon with ginger lime cream, guava chicken with grilled pineapple and shredded coconut, and much more. It may be a challenge, but remember to leave room for a slice of pineapple upside-down cake or coconut cream cake.
As the sun begins to set, all eyes turn to the stage as the Pride of Polynesia Dance Revue takes you on a visual and interactive journey through the South Pacific with traditional music and dances from the Polynesian Islands. The evening is capped off with a mesmerizing Samoan fire dance.
Don’t miss out! Enjoy the wonderful traditions of the South Pacific in San Diego!
Not one thing can define North County Coastal and five spots certainly aren’t enough, but here’s my top five (today anyway) places to check out next time you are kickin’ it on or near the PCH.
Cardiff Kook photo by Gilley
1. Cardiff Kook: Have you seen this statue? What about all dressed up? Officially it’s called “Magic Carpet Ride”, however to locals it is commonly known as the “Cardiff Kook.” Good natured pranksters have dressed him up in a bikini top and pink skirt with a Lucha Libre mask or more recently as Oprah. The most memorable one for me is when the statue was enveloped by a papier-mache shark last summer. Next time you’re in San Diego, be sure to drive by… you never know what he might be wearing!
2. Boat Houses: Ahoy! The famous Boat Houses – the S.S. Encinitas and S.S Moon Light – are moored on Third St. (between F and G) in Encinitas. Built in the 1920s by Miles Kellogg (an ultimate recycler in his day) the boat houses can be seen from Highway 101 and are a rad (yep, I said it) symbol of the local beach and surf culture. They’re private residences (no public tours), but easily photographed from the road.
3. Surfing: Surfing is a huge part of the culture in North County and one of the most popular spots is Encinitas’ Swami’s. Named for the Indian-styled Self Realization Fellowship complex on the bluff, it is a great surf spot with a well defined peak and a crowd beyond its capacity. Swami’s makes just enough of a bend in the coast to pick up a little extra swell energy, so it’s always a bit bigger and better than its neighboring breaks.
4. Watching the Sunset: It goes without saying that a beach sunset is amazing to watch and in North County Coastal there are so many great spots to watch it. My current favorite is at Scripps Bluff Preserve in Del Mar.
5. Torrey Pines State Reserve: Torrey Pines is one of only two places on earth where nature lovers can find the ancient and rare Torrey Pine – the nation’s rarest pine tree. Visitors and locals alike come to hike, bike and walk around the over 2,000-acre reserve and capture some amazing shots.
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There are more than 90 golf courses in San Diego County, which provides a wide variety of golfing experiences. Here are three to consider:
Maderas Golf Club
Best course to enjoy the sunrise
I was in a foursome for a winter round at Maderas two years ago in which we were the first group off the tee. The temperature gauge in my car read 18 degrees as I drove into the parking lot. I was wearing shorts, which says something about my state of mind while getting dressed at an early hour. I remember willing the sun to rise over the mountain just east of the course. It sure took it’s time that day, but it did finally peek out. Was I ever glad to see it. The temperature would rise more than 40 degrees before we putted out on the 18th hole. If only my game had warmed to the occasion as well.
Torrey Pines Golf Course
Best course to enjoy the sunset
In January, I watched visitors staying at the Torrey Pines Hilton snap pictures of the sunset from a patio off the lobby. If they had planned ahead they could have arranged a tee time at the Torrey Pines Golf Course and been in an even better position to see. The first tee from both the North and South courses points golfers directly toward the ocean. Afternoon golfers keep one eye on the sundial, watching the sun sink slowly in the west as they sink putts. A perfect finish is walking off the 18th hole just as the sun disappears. Even if you don’t make it to the finish, there’s no better spot to end the day.
Mt. Woodson Golf Club
Best course to enjoy fireworks
Mt. Woodson’s location in Ramona offers some of the best views in the county. It can be almost distracting, which is a concern on a course that demands attention to shot-making to keep from going out of bounds. Here’s the plan: Make an afternoon tee time and be mindful during the round of where a good vantage point is to look west over the rest of the San Diego County. Afterward the round, drive to that spot and enjoy the show(s). If you get the golf cart back a little late, they’ll understand. In fact, maybe you can even work something out ahead of time for them to send up a signal flare for you to make your way back to the cart barn.