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This is a beautiful park where they host outdoor concerts overlooking the Bay and the Coronado Bridge. Typically there is no seating here for concerts (except at Summer Pops!), so arrive early, or be happy simply herring your musicians from the back area of the park. Also a great place to workout (with built in workout equip like pull-up bars and a sit-up station) while enjoying the views! The neighboring Convention Center has lots of stairs to exercise legs and get some sweaty cardio in too! Only real bummer is that it’s going to cost you $20 to park anywhere nearby on event days/nights. Meter parking lot is free on Sundays. If that lot is full, there’s another one behind Joe’s Crab Shack for $10 all day. Otherwise, take public transportation, a cab/Uber, or get dropped off.
Beautiful spot to spend your Sunday afternoons (free concerts!) and other select days when this Balboa Park staple hosts beautiful and unique concerts. With more than enough benches to seat everyone, this is the ideal live music spot. It has amazing acoustics… not really a bad seat in the pavilion (unless you are trying to see the musicians on stage). Restrooms are nearby across the street. Food is nearby in the Japanese Friendship Gardens Tea Pavilion, or at the nearby snack stand. Did I mention it is a beautiful site to see concert or not?!
Hottest new wine concept yet… wines made with fruits other than grapes! Pomegranate, raspberry, blueberry, pineapple, mango, cranberry, and seasonal flavors (pumpkin spice!) as well. Amazing alone or in mixed drinks. Forget wine tasting in Temecula! They are located in a great north county location. Perfect for tastings, events, and bottle sales. Also available for purchase in CA Fresh and Easy stores. The owners are really nice brothers, the wine is relish, the atmosphere at the tasting room in Vista is fun and welcoming, they allow dogs(!), the customer service is great, and the price is right… what more could you ask for?!
Great little local spot for hanging out, happy hour, visiting with friends, grabbing a beer (pretty decent selection), eating one of their many paninis... The outdoor patio has two fire pits and live music weekends and some nights. Customer service is great. The crowd and atmosphere are welcoming. Parking is easy on the surrounding streets.
Love this place and I don't even love Mexican food! It's a grab and sit or go place mon thru fri, and a sit down restaurant on the weekends. Service is great and the food is even better! Must try's include the street bowl/cup, pretty much any taco (especially on taco tues when prices are really good), one of their many flavors of michelada, and their churro French toast during brunch on Sundays. Perfect sunny day open storefront eating right in the village. Parking is the only issue since the Village has limited options and is a tourist attraction.
Great coffee cafe spot open late and with free wifi! The food is decent too. They have everything from coffee and tea drinks to bakery items, sandwiches, quiche, etc. seating is decent, but there aren't a ton of spots with power plugs for those that plan to work long hours. Be sure to check out their even hotter late-night hookah lounge upstairs :)
Red Sand Beach on Kaihalulu Bay is a pocket beach on the island of Maui, Hawaii on Kaʻuiki Head. ... Ka'uiki Head, which is a cinder cone just south of Hana Bay, on the eastern coast. Not for the faint of heart as the hike is tricky and requires sneakers (don't chance it in sandals). Bring all other beach gear in an easy to carry backpack. Don't forget goggles/masks to explore the pool of water near the gorgeous red sand beach. This is definitely a must see so remember your camera/video equipment!!
Makena beach, also know as Big Beach, is on the Southwestern shore of Maui. It's a family friendly beach over a half mile long and is postcard perfect with lots of photo opps. Bring all the standard beach gear and googles/masks to search for beautiful shells near the water shoreline. Parking is easy in a nearby lot, but a little walk to get to the beach from parking. Keep the kiddos and teens from climbing over the rocks to the NorthWest as they take you to Maui's nude beach, Little Beach!
Great family beach perfect for the kiddos! An old rock and coral reef sections off a shallow pool of water where kids are happy playing for hours. The sandy beach area is great for sunbathing and sandcastle building. Check the weather on the North shore before planning your beach day. Sometimes it gets really windy. Parking here is also easy with a dirt lot and side street parking nearby.
A Maui must see! The banyon tree in the Banyon Tree Park at the end of the downtown Lahaina strip is the largest in the US. It has 16 major trunks reaching across an acre of land. Great photo pop, but better seen during the day and with a wide lens camera!
Great outdoor local spot to eat with spectacular views on the water! Tasty dishes from the varied ethnic groups that call Hawaii home. Ran by Maui's best Luau, the old Lahaina luau, this is the spot for authentic food. Don't leave without trying the Kalua pork or the banana lumpia dessert! Parking is easy. Happy hour is good, but alcohol is not allowed on the deck closest to the water.
Gorgeous, less crowded, light sand beach, decent waves, but a little rocky upon water entrance. Family, kid, dog, and surf/SUP friendly. Finding parking nearby is a little tricky, but doable.
Iao Valley and the State Park are titled central Maui's Emerald Gem. It's one of the most enchanting places I've visited in the Hawaiian islands. Stop in the park and then make your way up the paths to see the Iao needle. Bring food and use a grill in the picnic tables area at the park. Don't forget your camera!! So. Many. Photo. Opps!
One of my fave sushi spots on Maui on the strip in Kihei! Literally would recommend most of the menu. Must try's include Panco-crusted seared ahi, tempura veggies including Molokai sweet potatoes, mango crab hand roll, and the kuaui pie for dessert. A little locals secret: Get there around 4/4:30pm On Sundays to get a spot in line for half off EVERYTHING (except alcohol) until 6pm!!!
Seabury Hall is one of the top private college prep schools on Maui and in the Hawaiian islands. Since the public school system is hit or (complete) miss, this is the place to go! Affiliated with the Episcopal church, you'll get the best hands on education, high test scores, and a much coveted teacher student ratio. Tuition is pricey, but after looking at the stats, test scores, reviews, and college acceptance letters you'll be ready to hand over you're bank account or credit card info! Among many Local values and ceremonies, the authentic Hawaiian graduation with an abundance of haku and traditional Leigh's, white clothing, and Hawaiian ceremony is quite an experience to be a part of!!
This is the best shave ice on Maui.. Hands down!!! Four sizes, tons of flavor combos, add ons like ice cream, Michigan, gummy bears, Li hing, sweet cream, and haupia. Try the vanilla ice cream bottom with half POG and half shark's blood (strawberry coconut) with sweet cream on top. Muy Ono! Good parking, reasonable prices and friendly staff.