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Posts Tagged ‘The Sandcastle Man’

Seasonal Seaside Style with The Sandcastle Man

Posted by Jody on December 10, 2013

The Beach at the Hotel del Coronado

The Beach at the Hotel del Coronado

Coronado Beach, Southern California

Coronado Beach, Southern California

The Sandcastle Man

The Sandcastle Man

At the Beach with the Sandcastle Man

At the Beach with the Sandcastle Man

The Sandcastle Man at Play

The Sandcastle Man at Play

Look who's here!

Look who’s here!

Peace and Joy

Peace and Joy

You can visit with The Sandcastle Man on the beach just outside the Hotel del Coronado!


Check out the live webcam at the Hotel Del to see if you can spot him on the beach today!


Posted in Beachy Keen Art, Sand and Shoreline, Southern California Beaches | Tagged: , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

The Ghost of Kate Morgan

Posted by Jody on October 26, 2012

The Hotel Del Coronado, Coronado, California

Reports of paranormal activity related to the 1892 death of the beautiful, young Kate Morgan at the beach-side Hotel Del Coronado are well known to the locals and the visitors of this sprawling, Victorian seaside resort. According to “The Del’s” public relations department:

“Hotel guests, employees, and even paranormal researchers have attested to some supernatural occurrences at The Del.  Witnesses report flickering lights, televisions that turn on and off by themselves, dramatic shifts in room temperatures, odd scents, unexplained voices, the sound of strange footsteps, mysterious breezes which cause curtains to billow when windows are closed, and objects which move of their own accord; still others claim to have seen the ghost of Kate Morgan herself.”

Years ago, our family spent Christmas week at The Del. Not one of us encountered Kate Morgan’s spirit or experienced any spooky happenings.  In fact, all five of us even scuttled past Kate’s room (#3327) on several occasions! No luck. Maybe we were just looking too hard.

Wide, sandy beach at The Hotel Del Coronado

The wide beach on which The Hotel Del sits is super clean. It stretches along 1 ½ miles of stunning San Diego County coastline. With its glistening sand, gentle waves and the backdrop of the iconic Hotel del Coronado, it’s the ideal Southern California destination. It is no wonder that, in 2012, the well-respected “Dr. Beach” crowned Coronado Beach “America’s Best Beach” with the release of his 22nd annual Top 10 Beach List.

The Sand Castle Man at work on the beach at the Hotel Del Coronado.

If you’re heading to Coronado, be sure to look for The Sand Castle Man (aka: Billy Pav) who likes to work (play?) on the beach near The Hotel Del.  He’s a friendly, award winning sand sculptor who loves to chat with passers-by about his rather unique craft. I forgot to ask him if he’s met Kate Morgan!

More related links:

Ghostly Goings-On at the Hotel Del Coronado (San

Guest Post: Let’s start the summer at Coronado Beach!

Cruisin’ Coronado (Travel Monkey)


Posted in A Treasure of a Beach (Best Beaches), Friday Finds, Southern California Beaches | Tagged: , , , , , , , | 12 Comments »

Meet The Sandcastle Man!

Posted by Jody on December 12, 2011

Bill Pavlacka is “The Sandcastle Man.”  Greg and I were lucky enough to run across Bill and witness his amazing handiwork on the wide, white sand beach in front of the historic Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, California.

The Sand Castle Man -Bill Pavlacka- in front of The Hotel Del Coronado (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

This awesome sand castle had been built the day before we met “Billy Pav” and I believe he said it had taken him 5 or 6 hours to create this sandy masterpiece.  He was touching up his artwork and putting in place the little tree-like sculptures around the base of the sand castle while we were watching.  Actually, lots of people were admiring this impressive sand sculpture while he continued his work and chatted away, answering questions.  People continually stopped by to smile, take pictures and meet the good-natured Sand Castle Man.

Bill Pavlacka began building his sandy creations nearly 30 ago, when his children were very small.  Now, he’ll even teach you how to build sand sculptures!  Bill told me that if you email him with a request, he would be happy to set up a sand castle building class on the beach. Notice his construction tools of choice: plastic buckets and simple shovels and trowels. He also used a lot of water on this windy, warm December day!

The Sand Castle Man – Bill Pavlacka – at The Hotel Del Coronado (Photo ©Jody Diehl)

You’ll want to check out The Sandcastle Man‘s photo gallery on his website. While there you can also see a time lapse movie of the building of a sand sculpture and a documentary of his work. It’s all fun stuff!

You just never know what you’ll find at the beach, even in December!

Posted in Beachy Keen Art, Monday Miscellaneous, Sand and Shoreline, Southern California Beaches | Tagged: , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

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