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Top Tips for an Unforgettable Day on the Pacific Ocean

San Diego is home to nearly perfect year-round weather and 70 miles of coastline. Because of this, a favorite pastime for many locals and visitors is an afternoon spent on the water. From mega yachts to pontoon boats, there’s a fit for every type of event. This includes a bachelor/bachelorette party, family reunion, or simply enjoying a summer getaway. Below are our top recommendations for a fun-filled day on the Pacific Ocean.

Sailing Yacht

Learn to sail or sit back and enjoy the breeze with a two- or three-hour sail departing from the San Diego Bay. Perfect for up to six passengers, it’s a great option for families and couples who want to relax as the San Diego city skyline and the Coronado Bridge pass you by.

Speed Boat Bar Crawl

For a more lively afternoon on the water, embark on a “docktail” party on Mission Bay. During this experience, a personal captain will escort up to six guests on a speedboat bar crawl at a selection of local dockside bars.


For larger groups (up to 48 passengers) such as wedding parties and corporate retreats, a sailing catamaran is a perfect option. A sunset cocktail party with a private chef is our top choice.

Yacht Party

For a luxurious afternoon or evening, enjoy a hosted event aboard a 40 foot motor yacht. The experience comes with a professional captain and crew, with upgrade options for a custom menu and themed décor. 

America’s Cup Racing Yacht

San Diego is home to Stars and Stripes, a historic racing vessel. Available for both public and private tours, the exciting tour takes you on a high speed adventure in the San Diego Bay.

Pontoon Boat

For a laid back and casual day, you can choose from a variety of pontoon boats. Some feature slides while others have a full tiki bar on board. This is a great option for groups of friends!

At Monarch Luxury Villas, our full-service concierge handles every itinerary with white gloves. From yachting experiences to docktail parties, your day on the water will be curated to perfection. To book your getaway, email or call (858) 356-2284. 

San Diego offers family fun to groups of all sizes and ages – so we’re outlining our top tips for planning an extra special family reunion. Whether on the sand, at sea or behind-the-scenes, San Diego’s experiences are ideal for toddlers all the way up to grandparents.   

Where to Stay: While hotels are a great choice for business trips and small groups, we recommend a rental home for a family reunion. With a rental home, siblings can gather in the kitchen, long-distance cousins can bunk together, and grandparents can enjoy a private casita away from the fray.

The sprawling Mediterranean-style Casa Granada is perfect for larger groupslooking for luxury, privacy and plenty of on-site activities. The private estate boasts more than 16,500 square feet and 11 bedrooms, and sleeps to 28 guests. Resort-style amenities at the home include a tennis court, large swimming pool, gym, theater, and game parlor. 

At the 10,000 square foot Sunset Villa III, guests are treated to panoramic ocean views from curved floor-to-ceiling windows. Built for entertaining, the 6 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom estate boasts several living rooms, a fully equipped gym, a theater room, a steam/sauna room, pool table, two gorgeous wood wet bars, a full outdoor kitchen, a large pool with in ground hot tub and water feature, fire pit and beautifully landscaped grounds.

At Sunset Villa II, guests are treated to unparalleled views and plenty of space. Perched on a natural preserve above La Jolla, the estate features more than 10,000 square feet, 2 kitchens, 7 suites, and 2 additional full baths. It’s perfect for up to 14 guests to be together and maintain privacy. The inviting and open living spaces cater to all needs with large wall-mounted TVs, an aquarium, baby grand piano, professional kitchen, and several living rooms–all of which rival one another for the best view in the house. 

Just down the road, Art Lover’s Paradise is perfect retreat for families with children of all ages. This 7 bedroom, 6.5 bathroom architectural beauty sits on a quiet cul de sac on Soledad Mountain, in the heart of Alta La Jolla. Fully renovated in 2015, the modern design seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor spaces with sliding glass doors that open entire walls to ocean views. Guests enjoy expansive and beautifully landscaped outdoor living spaces, including an oversized hot tub, large swimming pool and a fully-equipped outdoor kitchen and bar. 

What to Book in Advance: Eliminate some of the stress when you arrive by arranging pre-arrival grocery stocking through Monarch’s concierge team. No need to make a big trip to Costco when you arrive – your groceries and essential items will be waiting for you in the home when you check-in. Other services we recommend booking prior to arrival? Airport transfers, baby equipment rentals and beach essentials. Coordinating the needs of a mixed family can be made easy by booking a few simple services ahead of time.

To fully relax into vacation mode, guests can also arrange for a private chef to prepare a welcome dinner at their rental home. Whether it’s a casual backyard BBQ or a multi-course meal, your first dinner will set the scene for a fun family reunion. The best part? All the cooking and clean-up are taken care of by your chef.

At Sea: As a coastal city with nearly perfect year-round weather, there are plenty of exciting options for a day on the water with family. Want a low-key afternoon on Mission Bay? Arrange a double-decker pontoon boat complete with a slide for the kids (and adults!) For a more adventurous group, visitors can book a private experience aboard an America’s Cup Racing Yacht. For a more relaxing sailing experience or for a dinner on the water, up to 48 guests can charter a catamaran on the San Diego Bay.

On the Sand: La Jolla Shores offers long stretches of beach and stunning sunsets, so it’s no surprise that many groups opt for a dinner on the sand or a bonfire with s’mores. Need to get the little ones down to bed on the earlier side? Parties can arrange for a daytime beach butler, with snacks or lunch and beach games for the whole family.  

Behind-the-Scenes: Popular local attractions like the world-famous San Diego zoo offer private tours for groups. For parents looking to relax while kids are entertained, our favorite way to go is the “Inside Look” tour where you’ll be chauffeured in a private or semi-private cart and embark on a behind-the-scenes experience with a zookeeper.

Back at Your Rental: Since you’ve booked a beautiful villa for the whole family to enjoy, we can bring the party right to you. A hosted game night or a magician can entertain the family, or a sommelier can enchant the adults while the kids experience a cookie making party with their trained babysitters. 

The options for a family reunion are endless in San Diego! To book your stay, email To enhance your experience, our in-house concierge team is available for planning all of the details. Email

As one of the most upscale seaside communities in Southern California, it’s no surprise that La Jolla is home to a range of fine dining and hidden culinary gems. From ocean view dining to happy hour and cozy Italian hideaways, the village’s variety of restaurants suit the taste buds of food lovers from all over.

For Ocean View DiningDuke’s La Jolla outpost offers Polynesian-inspired seafood dishes with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. For private events such as a rehearsal dinner or intimate wedding reception, Duke’s Barefoot Bar on the second level has an open air deck and the same stunning views as the main restaurant. Just down the road on Prospect Street is a La Jolla staple, George’s at the Cove. With three levels and three separate restaurants ranging from fine dining to casual fare, George’s features both stunning views and cuisine for the most discerning foodies. No list of ocean view dining would be complete without the historic Marine Room, where waves come right up to the window and have even been known to crack through.   

For Happy HourEddie V’s in the downtown village of La Jolla has unbeatable food and drink specials. We recommend the lamb lollypops! Just around the corner, Herringbone has an “Oyster Hour” where fresh shucked oysters are an hour each.

From cozy to trendy, La Jolla’s Italian Food scene puts even the most skeptical New Yorker at ease. At the coastal Italian Catania, sip on an Aperol spritz while noshing on hand-crafted wood fired pizzas while enjoy the ocean view from the patio. At the shores’ Piatti, diners are  welcomed by classic fare and handpicked wines. Looking for a classic scene? Manhattan of La Jolla takes you back to the heyday of Frank Sinatra with brick walls, live piano music, perfectly shaken martinis and good old fashioned home cooking.

For a pre- or post-dinner glass of wine, head over to We Olive & Wine BarThe wine store’s back patio is open for guests looking for a glass or bottle of wine to enjoy, as well as beer and olive oil tastings. Over in the Bird Rock area, LJ Crafted Wines is an urban winery haven serving small batch wines straight from the barrel.

 For visitors looking to explore beyond downtown La Jolla, head over to the newly re-designed University Town Center, home to shopping, dining, an ice rink and movie theatre. Start your night off at The Winery before heading to diner at the award-winning Javier’sCap off your night at the speakeasy Raised by Wolves.

To book your stay in La Jolla, email or call (858) 356-2284. Like La Jolla’s restaurants, our luxury vacation rentals suit a variety of taste buds.

As you enter your San Diego vacation rental, you’re greeted with a panoramic ocean view, glass of wine and the smell of a home cooked meal permeating through the villa. Have you entered a five-star all-inclusive resort? It may seem this way, but you’re at a Monarch Luxury Villa and you have pre-arranged for Daily Chef Service. The service is a perfect option for larger groups and family reunions. The chef takes care of all of the shopping, cooking and clean-up, allowing guests to relax and truly enjoy their luxury rental.

Wake up each morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and your selection of breakfast bites.

On the first morning of your La Jolla vacation, enjoy your coffee bar and custom breakfast alfresco as you leisurely wake up to the year-round California sunshine. Breakfast options range from the classic American breakfast, California burritos, specialty pancake bars, or healthy yogurt parfaits. Top it off with poolside mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar.

Spend the afternoon poolside with a backyard Mexican Fiesta!

If you’re planning to spend the day at your rental, your chef can prepare a variety of cuisines upon request such as a backyard Mexican fiesta. If you’re on the go during the afternoon – whether you’re headed to the beach, on a sailing excursion, or to the San Diego Zoo – your chef can pack a picnic filled with gourmet paninis and fresh salads to go.

Watch the sun go down as you enjoy a family-style BBQ at your luxury rental.

For a family-style dinner back at your villa, enjoy a range of options from a casual backyard BBQ to seafood specialties. Pair it with a wine tasting featuring a sommelier or invite an experienced mixologist in for a cocktail making class to liven up the evening.

Add-on wine, beer and cocktail pairings to enhance your stay.

For guests interested in booking daily chef service, contact The service starts at $115 per person per day (based on 10 guests) and includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. All groceries, chef time and clean-up are included to create a truly luxurious experience.

Whether you’re jetting across the pond or taking a staycation, San Diego’s breathtaking sunset and year-round sunshine sets the scene for a romantic seaside marriage proposal. Below are some of our favorite ideas for popping the question in America’s Finest City.

For guests staying at one of Monarch Luxury Villas’ La Jolla rentals, plan a perfect proposal on the sand at La Jolla Shores through our in-house concierge. A private beach bonfire complete with s’mores, chocolate covered strawberries, cozy blankets and sparkling cider can be arranged for a picturesque proposal as the sun goes down. And don’t forget a professional beach photographer to capture the occasion!

Departing a short distance from the cozy hideaway Seashore Studio, soar above San Diego’s coastline in your very own hot air balloon. Pop the question as you pop champagne aboard your private sunset hot air balloon ride.

For guests staying at Buccaneer Way, experience Italian-style romance as you explore the Coronado Cays on a gondola ride. Or pack up for a picnic in Balboa Park’s rose garden where a custom picnic can be arranged in the historic and Instagram-worthy setting.

For couples on the more adventurous side, set out to sea for a snorkeling or diving expedition where you can propose under the sea. 

Whether you’re looking for an elaborate estate fit for royals or a romantic coastal casita, Monarch Luxury Villas has a perfect vacation rental for your special occasion. To book your stay in San Diego, email

San Diego is an ideal destination for wine lovers with Temecula Valley and Baja’s Valle de Guadalupe both within a few hours’ drive. But a lesser known wine trail includes the more than thirty urban wineries dotting the Coastline from Oceanside to Seaport Village, allowing visitors easy access to California’s fine wines.

Through the San Diego Urban Winery Passport, guests can participate in tastings at any of the fifteen registered wine rooms for just $35. Beginning in downtown San Diego and ending in Oceanside, we’ve included one of our favorite itineraries for an urban winery excursion.

San Pasqual Winery Tasting Room: Watch sailboats breeze by downtown San Diego’s harbor as you sip an award-winning Malbec at the Seaport Village outpost of San Pasqual Winery.

Carruth Cellars Wine Garden: A short five minute uber away is the Carruth Cellars Wine Garden, located in the trendy seaside Little Italy neighborhood. The patio garden is a great place to enjoy locally-produced wines and wood-fired pizza at this local hot-spot.

Gianni Buonomo Vintners: At Point Loma’s Gianni Buonomo Vinters, antique jewelry cases have been converted into tasting bars giving the tasting room a historic charm. Locals love the reds here and we agree!

LJ Crafted Wines: Just down the road from many of Monarch’s luxury vacation rentals is Bird Rock’s LJ Crafted Wines. Guests here enjoy tastings of small batch wines from the Napa Valley region while basking in the laid-back Southern California neighborhood.

Solterra Winery & Kitchen: Up the historic 101 highway lies Encinitas’ Solterra Winery & Kitchen, where fine local wines are enjoyed alongside a full gourmet lunch and dinner menu.

Coomber Craft Wines: The recently opened Coomber Craft Wines in downtown Oceanside is making a splash with an expansive indoor and outdoor tasting space and an acclaimed Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon that has received a 95-point rating from Wine Enthusiast.

Guests of Monarch Luxury Villas have access to a full-service concierge that is delighted to plan your wine getaway to San Diego. Email for more information.

As the sweet smell of BBQ mixes with the salty ocean air, visitors and locals to San Diego over the Fourth of July weekend are in for a treat. The ideal beach weather, nationally acclaimed firework displays, and endless activities throughout America’s Finest City make this a holiday to remember.

As the sun sets over the horizon, guests of Monarch Luxury Villas have a rare opportunity to experience grand firework displays from the comfort of their luxury villas.

View on Rue, a stunning three bedroom home in the hills above La Jolla, showcases some of California’s greatest beaches from its open living spaces and outdoor dining pavilion.
Nearby at the family-friendly Art Lover’s Paradise, guests can grill in the full outdoor kitchen or take a swim in the expansive pool while they enjoy fireworks over the Pacific Ocean.
At the 6,000 square-foot masterpiece Sunset Villa I built into La Jolla’s Soldedad Mountain, the enormous curved windows allow guests to view the patriotic displays from panoramic ocean views in every room.

Across the San Diego Bay in the Coronado Cays, guests can park their yacht at Buccaneer Way’s private dock (up to 100 ft!) after a day exploring the coastline.

Tucked away in Point Loma, Yacht Sailors Paradise has an unbelievable view of the bay and San Diego City skyline.

From our concierge: The July 4th holiday is all about the sun, sand and ocean! Some of my favorite guest experiences include a private backyard BBQ with a chef, a beach bonfire + s’mores experience at Mission Beach, and a private firework cruise in the San Diego or Mission Bays. Guests of Monarch have access to these experiences and much more through our in-house concierge.

To book your Fourth of July getaway with an exclusive view of the fireworks, email  

With Comic-Con International in San Diego just around the corner, Monarch Luxury Villas is pleased to offer luxury housing and five-star concierge services to visiting attendees of the convention. With rental homes located in Point Loma, Coronado and La Jolla, Monarch guests are a short 15-30 minute drive from the famed comic convention yet a quiet retreat from the hustle and bustle of downtown San Diego.   

As part of their stay, guests have access to a variety of luxury concierge services available at their fingertips, including pre-arrival groceries and a stocked bar, airport transfers, welcome “Comic-Cocktail” parties, private Aquaman-themed yachting adventures and much more. Guests who book a stay with us the weekend of July 18-21 will also receive a complimentary bottle of “Game of Thrones” wine upon arrival. 

Luxury rentals accommodate party sizes ranging two to sixteen guests, perfect for those in town for work or play. Each of our privately-owned homes are tastefully furnished, impeccably clean and boast state-of-the-art amenities. We pair each guest with the perfect property to ensure their stay is seamless and memorable.

To book your stay during Comic-Con International in San Diego, email or call (858) 356-2284.


Guests of Monarch Luxury Villas have access to five-star services including welcome cocktail parties and private chef dinners.
Guests of Monarch Luxury Villas have access to five-star services including welcome cocktail parties and private chef dinners.