June 18, 2016

Father’s Day at the Beach: A Complete Guide from Food to Gifts to Show Your Dad You Care

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Father’s Day is almost here, but don’t stress about finding the perfect gift! We’ve looked at reviews, studied what works, and done the research to make sure celebrating Father’s Day at the beach is a success! All you have to do is scroll down this list and pick from the beachside gifts, activities, and delicious meals that are guaranteed to bless your dad!

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to do for dad. Sure, he’ll probably appreciate anything you give him, but a golfing spree may not mean that much when he’s really hoping you’ll pause the frantic business of life and simply take time to barbecue and visit.

So, we categorized this list to give you an A-Z guide to celebrating your dad at the beach so you can leverage the love you give him this year! Whether he wants the gift of a full-day extravaganza or a thoughtful gift, there’s something here guaranteed to make your dad feel special. The good thing is, it’s hard to go wrong at the beach.

We all like to eat, and dad’s are no different. Thankfully, our beachside properties are located near a wealth of classy, extravagant restaurants with a kaleidoscope of flavor for every taste. No messy preparation. No clean-up. Just pure yumminess for you and dad!

If you’re near Laguna Beach, head over to Las Brisas , for a taste of contemporary elegance accompanied by spectacular ocean views. To score a perfect 10, order the decadent Crepes de Laguna, smothered in citrus veloute, with a side of fluffy eggs. If breakfasting in San Clemente, check out this variety of unique laid-back breakfast hotspots from steaming coffee, to freshly glazed apple fritters, to traditional sizzling bacon and eggs. Close to Newport? Stop by The Beachcomber Cafe , a vintage 50s-inspired cuisine with dazzling oceanside views, ranked #1 for Best Brunch on the Orange County Hotlist.

Lunch & Dinner
You’ll probably still be full from you delicious brunch, but Father’s day is no time to hold back on the food . . . especially when there are so many delicious options at your fingertips! For some of the finest dinning in Newport, drive to the 5 star Pelican Hill Resort and enjoy a taste of Italy from the Andrea , along with a breathtaking oceanside view. In San Clemente, sit on the pier at The Fisherman’s Restaurant & Bar and enjoy watching the surfers at sunset, while treating your tastebuds to thick creamy clam chowder or large, flavorful fish tacos. Enjoy fine dining in Carlsbad at the sophisticated Paon Restaurant , Wine Bar, and Fine Specialty Wine Shop. Your exceptional experience will be heightened by the seasonally locally grown organic produce and organic prime meats served with French sophistication. If dad is more of a low-key dude, head over to Laguna Beach and check out the 10 Napkin Burger at Three Seventy Common , the Signature Burger from the Lumberyard , or Maro Wood Grill’s grass fed beef burger complete with aged cheddar.

Gifts for dad can be a difficult. Sometimes it’s hard to know just what will make their day while still being affordable. However, we’ve done away with the guesswork and listed some specialty items your Father is sure to appreciate. Read on . . .

If your dad is a connoisseur that enjoys the finer things in life, visit the Laguna Salt Company for some flavor infused salt, or Newport’s Olive Oil and Beyond for extra virgin, infused oils and specialty vinegars. Would fine wine be just thing? Head over to the Hi-Time Wine in Costa Mesa, where knowledgeable staff will help you find the best selection of best selection of merlot, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio and more. Instead of fine food, give your father a keepsake of his special day, with a memorable old-style travel poster or modern art print at The Vintage Poster . Or give the gift of relaxation and let specialized massage therapists help eliminate your father’s stress at the Spa Montage .

While there are many surf, skate, and clothing options in Orange county and surrounding beachside cities, a simple handwritten note may be the gift your dad will appreciate most. Some of us don’t have a way with words, and we even struggle to tell our dad we love him. However, words off affirmation may mean a lot to you father and it’s meaningful to take time to write a word of thanks for his advice or say what you appreciate about him.

There is no shortage of things to do in Orange county! If dad is an adventure type of man, check out Jet Pack America , or give him a NASCAR Ride Along , or a private surf lesson . If your looking for family friendly attractions to do with dad, rent bikes at one of the many beachside cycling shops and cruise around town, enjoy Newport Beach Whale Watching, hit a round of golf, or go to CA Surf and Paddle where you can set the whole family up with a reasonably priced SUP lesson! Then, of course, there’s always the option of barbecuing, or simply playing in the waves and soaking up the sun at the beach.

If you’re looking to send your mom and dad on a little excursion, or want to spend some one-on-one time with your father, try the Del Mar Sunset Ballon Ride , Newport’s Sunday Champagne Brunch Cruise , or a romantic gondola cruise .

Bottom line, if you’re looking for the best place to spend Father’s Day, the beach is where it’s at.

If you don’t live local? No worries!

Here at Beachside Vacation Rentals we specialize in accommodations and can provide the perfect home for any getaway! Check out our wide selection of beautiful Southern California vacation rentals and take celebrating fatherhood to a whole new level!

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