They do it in Dubai, Miami and Copenhagen, but this is a first for San Diego. On September 3 and 4, the legendary seaside resort of Hotel del Coronado will serve up the West Coast’s first ever beach polo event. Hooves will thunder down Coronado Beach as polo fans migrate from near and far to take part in this historic happening.
50 prime polo ponies and 12 celebrated polo players will give their all in a series of 14-goal matches played on compacted sand outside the Del. Take in the action from a leather banquette in the VIP Tent’s Millionaire’s Row, or ascend to the terrace for formal dining with a prime view. Trade your typical divot stomp for tapas and tango with a polo player at the Argentina-themed cocktail soiree. And don’t miss the fashion show from Grayse, the iconic Southern California fashion line launched by Marie Gray, the creator of fashion powerhouse St. John, and daughter Kelly.
When the teams take to the sand, the avid polo fan will note one major difference aside from the ground beneath…the ball will be custom-crafted bright red to make for better viewing and sport. And what a sport it is.
San Diego has a rich history of polo that dates back to the first Spreckels Cup of 1906. Named for Hotel Del Coronado former owner and railway magnate John D. Spreckels, the early tournaments featured World War I officers in friendly battles on the San Diego Polo Club’s fields. The Spreckels Cup is still held annually and is the oldest polo tournament on the West Coast. But never before has a tournament been held on site at the Del. A beacon of grandeur for more than 125 years, the Hotel Del Coronado is a National Historic Landmark that has hosted presidents, foreign dignitaries and countless celebrities throughout the ages. President Nixon held a state dinner here and The Del served as a memorial backdrop for Marilyn Monroe’s “Some Like It Hot.”
Fly with Victor to San Diego, International (SAN).
Where to stay:
Why leave the property? Stay on site at one of the Hotel Del Coronado’s newly built Beach Village Luxury Suites and you’ll have all the joys of home… if your home is just steps to the beach with sweeping coastal views and the world-class Hotel del Coronado’s concierge services at your disposal.
If the fog rolls in:
Head north to Rancho Valencia Resort, an ever-sunny 45-acre haven of luxury casitas set amidst gardens and olive groves and equipped with a five-star spa and prosecco on tap. Opt for a yoga class in a serene studio surrounded by infinity pools and you just may gain a new appreciation for Happy Baby pose.
Where to eat:
Bracero Cocina de Raiz – Considering you’re just 28 miles from Mexico, it’s a must to indulge in some south-of-the-border inspired culinary creations. Book the Chef’s Tasting Table for a sampling of what has made this one of San Diego’s hottest new restaurants. Or go it alone and don’t miss the wood grilled octopus with Meyer lemon, crispy garbanzo, olives, yuzu roasted peanuts and jalapeno.
Get lost:Get lost for a day or two in Balboa Park. From the world-famous San Diego Zoo to the San Diego Natural History Museum, to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, the Park offers entertainment and culture for all.
For a good laugh:Catch Steve Martin’s play “Meteor Shower” at The Old Globe Theatre, modelled after Shakespeare’s London theatre of the same name and opened in 1935.
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