My dad was a young college graduate playing in the NFL when he and my grandfather hatched a pretty good plan one hot summer during training camp...to build an RV Park in Southern California. A piece of property for sale in Oceanside, California, happened to be available the following year, and the rest as they say...is history.
On the day we opened, July 14, 1978, the first motorhome to pull in was told to simply drive around and pick a spot. They chose Space 7! Guests registered on a slip of carbon copy paper with a pen, and the front office took down phone messages for their guests. One of my first jobs as a kid in the 80s was riding my bike from site to site, delivering those phone messages. I felt pretty important.
Fast forward over three decades later, and Paradise By The Sea is still family run---and continually evolving with the changing pace of technology. The computer age has changed many things about our business. Guests have free Wi-Fi at their sites, they can visit our website to look for information, and as of this year, we now offer an online booking system. We even have a facebook page and a blog!
But the truth is...some things never change: RVing continues to be an amazing way for families to travel the country affordably, and to make memories that last a lifetime. I'll never forget having the opportunity to grow up every summer with kids that returned every year, riding our bikes, boogie boarding at the beach all day until we were waterlogged, and watching the heat rise from barbeques at dinner time as families gathered around the table to enjoy the fading light of another beautiful day. In the evenings, card games glow in the light of table lanterns, and sounds of laughter drown out the distant crashing waves. Now many of those kids who grew up camping with their families have families of their own, and continue the tradition of coming to Paradise By The Sea every summer to make memories of their own.
The hit our economy took in 2008, combined with the earlier impact of 9/11 on air travel, has continued to shine a light on the safety and affordability of RVing, regardless of the gas prices. We have had the pleasure of welcoming guests from all over the world to come share in our little piece of Paradise. We hope you will too!