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La Jolla Village News – Travel

SoCal vacation gems are a short  drive away
By Marc & Darlynne Menkin

February 1, 2013

After wrapping up dinner, we decided it was time to check into our room at the  Surf and Sand Resort. A luxury hotel that sits right on the beach, the Surf and  Sand doesn’t disappoint. From the moment we stepped into our room, we knew one  night wouldn’t be enough. Our guest room was spacious and comfortable, but it  was the huge balcony with its oceanfront view that grabbed our attention.

Wandering around the hotel, we quickly discovered there was a lot to do — a swimming pool with ocean views, all the services you can imagine designed to  help you relax at Aquaterra Spa, coastal fine dining at Splashes and cool  cocktails at 15FiftyFive. When asked why guests fall in love with this resort,  assistant general manager Joanna Bear summed it up succinctly.

“This is  a fantastic place to come when you want to unwind, unplug and relax,” she said. “But if you’re looking for fun things to do, there are all sorts of  opportunities. We’re literally walking distance from art galleries, restaurants  and boutique shops.”