Bachelor party/CA surf trip

Discussion in 'Surf Travel' started by Redbeard, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. Redbeard

    Redbeard New Member

    May 23, 2014
    I am planning a bachelor party/CA surf trip for my brother for August and am in the market for some info. What better place is there to get information than on an internet forum right?.... Though I think it is a more appropriate question than those that ask ‘What should I do with my life?’ on here.

    Trip details: I am flying to San Francisco on a Wednesday and plan on driving down to San Diego for the weekend (2-4 people) and planning on surfing and camping along the way. Meeting up with a bigger group in San Diego on Friday and have a house rented in La Jolla.
    I live in the Northeast, but I’ve talked to a few local folks who have given me some good spots to check out but nothing is set in stone as of yet.

    Has anyone here have some good info on a trip like this? I want to rent a van or something to get that classic CA road/surf trip vibe. Not looking to charge slabs or anything like that…more like waves, beers, tacos, and summertime hijinks

    Also if anyone has any bachelor party type activity ideas for the San Diego area…would love to hear any of those…..

    *Side note – these things are a pain in the @ss to organize (bachelor parties…not surf trips)...and I appreciate the help


    Last edited: Jun 9, 2014
  2. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    First Question, why are you flying into SF just to drive 8 hours south? At any rate. One, Simple Answer.... MEXICO. TJ or Ensenada. San Diego has PLENTY of night life. La Jolla is BORING at night but has great surf. If you like expensive steaks and cigars, I can tell you where to go in La Jolla.

    Remember, Casino's are legal in San Diego as well, so you can spend a night out gambling there... There are no scantily clad women though. And make sure to go to one that DOES serve booze on the floor. Viejas etc.

    You can do wine country, but that is kind of gay for a bunch of dudes. Good thing about that, is out in Temecula, there is world class golf, wine country and a HUGE casino, so that would be worth a trip out there to golf, hit a FEW little wineries and then onto the night life. Just remember that it will be ALL OLD PEOPLE in any of those casinos. Aint like Vegas or AC....

    So again, if you guys all surf, enjoy it. Surf all over La Jolla, but if you want to look back on this event and have a "HANGOVER THE MOVIE" moment, you HAVE to get to Mexico. Drugs are legal, there are legal whore houses, they have Donkey shows, more drugs, cheap beer and liquor, street hookers, more "discoteques" ... If you want an experience that you probably wont remember anyway because of the drugs, alcohol and hookers involved, you there young man. You will be a legend afterwards....

    TJ Makes Atlantic City and Vegas looks like kindergarten class.

    Other than that, you will be stuck in PB or the Gaslamp, probably the gaslamp cause college isn't in, so PB is more family, boring in August... But you will be down in the gas lamp, in probably the nicest clubs you have ever seen, spending $18 for a bud light and looking at women who have so much money, you probably don't even stand a chance talking to them. You will look around and see a bunch of super weather Euro-trashes with $2500 leather driving shoes one and tight tee shirts that they bought for $900.00 combined with a bunch of strange middle eastern cats....

    Just saying, it's fun to go out there and have a nice night... But if you want sh** to get outta control, go south my friend. If you decide to do so, hit me with a PM and I will give you the beginners guide to staying alive in mexico and returning without any more STDs than you left with.

  3. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Ohh, and if this group wants to golf, let me know. I will tell you where the nice places are to go on the cheap. I would never pay more than $20-$30 per round out there at nice courses. Some cost $400 though. And I had a resident card and could play the south course at Torrey for $40... For a non-resident, its about $260 per person. And they give you a caddy.
  4. Hayduke Lives

    Hayduke Lives Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2014
    there are some pretty awesome spots driving south from SF, why not fly into sf and drive 8hrs south? Big sur is my favorite area in the US, so do yourself a favor and camp out there a bit.
  5. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    If you are planning a scenic road trip and you want to stop by Rincon, I get it. If you are going to make a day of it, stop and take pictures and all that okay, but my point is, if you got a cheaper flight flying into SF, which is the HUB of most airlines on the west coast, it's not worth the 8 hour drive for a cheaper flight. They are no where near each other. That is like flying from Jersey into Charleston to save money on your trip to Miami. You will rent a car and burn way more gas during yout 8-10 hour voyage...

    The OP probably has good reason to fly into SF, and I am sure he can read a map... I can't tell you how many people on the east coast used to say: "Ohh, you live in San Diego? I have friend in Sacramento, is that near you? Or, how far from the bay area are you..."

    I just think a lot of people get confused about how big CA is and how the difference between SD and LA is like going from Florida to DC as far as culture shock and San Francisco to me is like the PNW, there is just nothing about it that screams california. It urban, cold, rainy with no palm trees.
  6. Hayduke Lives

    Hayduke Lives Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2014
    dudemang, he said he was planning on surfing and camping along the way.

    I think people get confused because they would rather throw their opinion and assumptions into situation without first hearing another person.

    And if your perception of california only screams palm trees and sun, then youre the one shockingly confused.
  7. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Missed the camping thing. Touche. I did give my disclaimer saying he probably has good reason. I simply said that flying in to SF and driving that far south doesn't make sense unless you are planning a road trip, which he is.
  8. DawnPatrol321

    DawnPatrol321 Well-Known Member

    Mar 6, 2012
    This is true. Just got back from surfing in Santa Cruz after being in SF and Napa Valley with my company back in March. My wife had the Southern California picture in her mind and when we got there she was like Woooah, not what I had in mind, but she ended up liking it anyways. It's just a different vibe, very cool, but different for sure. It's very country / scenic up that way. One of the best things about driving down from SF airport down to Santa Cruz was all the beautiful scenery you'll get to look at it if you take the California 1 all the way down. The coastline is very raw, nothing like here in FL. I have tons of pics I took along the way. Still soaking it in a couple months later...
  9. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Yeah, the whole coast is rugged and beautiful in it's own way. Once I get north of Point Conception and the San Luis Obispo area it starts becoming "not my cup of tea". I had family up in Monterey that wanted me to move up by them. Would have been much easier on me for transition, but with numerous travels up that way, It's just not my thing. My Aunt lived in Santa Cruz for 20 years before moving to Monterey. My aunt is still the one that complains about the weather up where she lives. I said, if I wanted rainy, cold conditions I would have stayed in Delmarva.
  10. kidrock

    kidrock Well-Known Member

    Aug 1, 2010
    Beach campsites in California are usually booked months (sometimes years) in advance.

    There's some place that rents VW bay window Westfalia campers. That would be cool. But I don't think they have one in SF, you'd have to drop down to LA to pull it off.

    Best chances for surf during this time of year will probably be Santa Cruz and Orange County, the coastal angle is better. SD will get summer surf, but a lot of souths will miss SD.

    Be prepared to bring at least a 3/2, you won't be trunking it until you get south of Santa Barbara. Most places above Carmel won't even break 58 degrees.
  11. worsey

    worsey Well-Known Member

    Oct 13, 2013
    TJ Makes Atlantic City and Vegas looks like kindergarten class.


    ****! i had my bachelor party at a grade school.


    Sep 17, 2013
    this is how I know you are soft


    Sep 17, 2013
    Jalama is first come first serve, and its a county park, half the price of the state parks
  14. Hayduke Lives

    Hayduke Lives Well-Known Member

    Mar 28, 2014
    as are all the free sites in big sur.
  15. zach619

    zach619 Well-Known Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    why is that? Because I prefer the waves, weather and the coastline of southern California better? There is plenty of good surf and plenty of people that love Norcal, I am just not one of them. It's a fun place to go visit, but when given the choice, I would go south, again. If what you are insinuating is a softness because there are more trees, heavy surf and whatever in the Central/Norther area of CA, then that is a matter of opinion.

    With that rationale, kauai is better than maui. Another 2 places that are very similar, but nothing alike. Same as North and South CA. I prefer Southern. every time.
  16. Dopio

    Dopio Member

    Oct 23, 2012
    drinking during the day at Shore Club in Pacific Beach is a very Bachelor Party-esque thing to do in SD especially during a sporting event and you dont need reservations or anything. They have frozen red bull things.

    i 2nd the big sur stuff. there is a place called Tree Bones that has Yurts which is really cool.


    Sep 17, 2013

    and yea Zach, SoCal was plastic and terrible imo, I dont know how a place so crowded can be so vacant
  18. Peajay4060

    Peajay4060 Well-Known Member

    Nov 14, 2011
    spend a night in LA and get drunk at the rainbow.
  19. Redbeard

    Redbeard New Member

    May 23, 2014
    Effin rad!!

    Thanks for the input so far.

    To clarify - my brother lives in SF...and yes we are looking to surf and camp our way down to San Diego.

    Re: TJ - this bachelor party group is no longer the swashbuckling lunatics of days past - many are married and/or have kids. Not sure they could handle TJ (properly) at this point in their lives...

    I'll have to check out Jalama and tree bones - thanks mis and dopio
  20. yankee

    yankee Well-Known Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Cancel that gringo puss trip & re-book. Fly into POP (Puerto Plata). Rent a coupla vehicles. Drive 30 mins to Cabarete. Stay in any one of a number of sweet oceanfront locations. Hotel Magnifico highly rec'd. Walk to restaurants, nightlife, 6 mins to Encuentro surf break. If it's breaking really good, one hour to Playa Grande. Consult locals for that info. Be sure to hit Sosua for the insane nightlife & chicas. Remember: never, ever pay until the chica is ready to do the walk of shame.

    Also consider Colombia. Yah, down the other continent way. Unreal.