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What to really do when the jellyfish sting

By billlluther,

There’s a lot of information floating around out there about what to do when stung by a jellyfish. While we, at Bill Luther Vacation Rentals, are not medical professionals, we have seen enough instances to generally recommend what works best and what doesn’t.

 

 

Contrary to what Joey Tribiani would have us believe when Monica Geller was stung, you do not have to find a friend who loves you enough to relieve themselves on your sting to get rid of the burn.

  • Instead, try rinsing the area with vinegar. If vinegar is not available, use a baking soda solution.
  • Also, make sure to remove any lingering tentacles from your skin with tweezers.
  • Soaking the area in hot water (not scalding) may also help to reduce the pain.

 

Important points to keep in mind.

  • Just because the jellyfish is on the sand does not mean it can’t sting you any longer. Make sure not to touch them or step on them.
  • Similar to wolves on land, jellyfish like to travel in pacts.
  • Also similar to wolves, jellyfish will attack in groups to defend their territory.
  • Note to self – avoid packs of jellyfish

 

 

Of course, the best thing to do is avoid the jellyfish altogether, thereby negating the need to treat the sting.

  • Sit on the patio of your ocean front vacation rental and yell suggestions to the poor saps on the sand and in the water who do get stung.
  • Maybe offer them some vinegar or tweezers if you are feeling hospitable.
  • Be sure to keep a sympathetic look on your face, while feeling triumphant in your sting avoidance success.

 

 

 

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Last Minute Deals on Bayfront Beauty

By billlluther,

This really cute 2 bedroom & 2 bath condo is located right on Mission Bay. The newly furnished home sleeps 6 and offers laundry and tandem parking in the garage. It has a private patio with great views, a propane BBQ and a retractable awning. All bedrooms have a TV with cable and WiFi. Close to the aquatic center, boat & jet ski rentals, restaurants and shopping. This unit is located in a great area of Mission Bay, near Santa Clara Point. This unit does not have A/C. Guests have access to entire unit, 2-car tandem garage (shared), and private bay front patio.

 

Last Minute Deals Available:
http://vacationrentalsmissionbeach.com/unit/92
December 4 – 20, 2017

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3bd, 3-story, ocean front

By billlluther,

Wonderful ocean front 3 bedroom, 3 bath condo that is well appointed, comfortable, and spacious. Three stories with a bedroom and bath on every level. White water views from the living room, dining room, kitchen, and master bedroom. Sleep 6 between a King in the master, King in bedroom two, and Queen in bedroom three. Located in the heart of Mission Beach, this unit also features 2-car tandem parking and a private ground floor patio with seating and gas BBQ. This is THE spot to stay in Mission Beach. Please note: The 2nd story balcony shown in the picture is for a different unit, there are two units in this building. Bedroom number two, on the 2nd floor, is towards the east side of the home, and is not connected to that balcony. Located on Ocean Front Walk between Niantic and Ormand Courts. This unit does not have A/C. Guests have access to the entire 3-story unit, 2 spots (tandem) in a shared garage, and the private ocean front patio. Guests do not have access to the ocean front balcony shown in photo.

 

Last Minute Deals Available:
http://vacationrentalsmissionbeach.com/unit/43
December 1 – December 27, 2017

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Big savings on ocean front 2bd

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Affordable Ocean Front condo located in the heart of Mission Beach . This 2 bedroom , 2 bath property sleeps 6 and has direct access to the beach and boardwalk. The condo has a stacked washer/dryer and a private patio area to store bikes and beach equipment. There is one designated parking space directly behind the home. The unit shares the ocean front common area patio that offers a BBQ for use. Located on Ocean Front Walk near Ormond Court. This unit does not have A/C. Guests have access to the entire unit, a private back patio, one parking space, and the shared ocean front patio.

 

Last Minute Deals Available:
http://vacationrentalsmissionbeach.com/unit/33
December 1 – 14, 2017

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Save on an ocean front vacation stay

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Relax in this Award winning beach house, known as “The Copper House”. This 3bd/2ba is the pinnacle in minimalist living. All on one level with cascading sliding glass wall in the living room that allows the living/dining areas and ocean front patio to function as one. Bonus vanity sinks in 2nd and 3rd Bedrooms. Built in BBQ for easy entertaining and a two-car tandem garage with easy access right into house.

 

Last Minute Deals Available:
http://vacationrentalsmissionbeach.com/unit/49
November 30 – December 23, 2017

 

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“First we eat, then we do everything else.” -M.F.K. Fisher

By billlluther,

Another question we are often asked is, where’s a good place to eat in Mission Beach? And, since we are all good eaters at Bill Luther Vacation Rentals, we have the answer(s) for you.

 

If you are looking for a most egg-cellent breakfast  – hit up either the Olive Cafe or the smaller Olive Baking Co. Both are at the corner of Santa Clara Place and Mission Boulevard in Mission Beach, on opposite sides of the street. The bakery is just West of Mission Blvd on Santa Clara, and the cafe is right on the corner on the southeast side. Their coffee is fantastic and the bakery has a cinnamon roll that is to die for.

 

You can get a full range of breakfast and lunch items at the cafe along with indoor and outdoor seating. Everything from pancakes to omelettes to wraps. Check out the menu here.

 

If you aren’t in the mood for a cinnamon roll at the bakery, then check out the kolaches – little pockets of wonderfulness that melt in your mouth. And Owner, Sarah, changes up the flavors all the time.

 

All of us girls here at the office have our favorites:

If I, Denise, am at the bakery it’s the cinnamon roll, grilled cheese, or anything pumpkin flavored. If I’m at the Cafe, it’s the Popeye Scramble, the Marathoner sandwich, or a milkshake.

Reta, at the bakery, is a kolache or a pumpkin roll. At the Cafe, it’s the California Chicken sandwich.

Terri, at the bakery, is a pumpkin muffin, cinnamon roll, or sticky bun. At the Cafe it’s the Chicken Quesadilla.

Kristen, at the bakery, it’s the cinnamon roll and the kolache. She hasn’t really made it across the street to the Cafe. But she’s still new, so we have to give her time.

Deena, at the bakery, is the chocolate chip cookie. At the Cafe it’s the healthiest thing she see’s on the menu that day so she can make the rest of us look bad.

Loretta, at the bakery, is the sourdough bread. At the Cafe it’s the Caesar salad with grilled chicken.

 

Regardless of what you choose, we know it’s going to be good!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Movies NOT to watch while on a beach vacation

By billlluther,

 

Allow me to preface this post by saying that none of these incidents have ever happened or have ever been set in Mission Beach. So it’s still totally safe to take your vacation here in San Diego.

 

 

  1. Coming in at number one is the iconic and terrifying: Jaws – yes it’s a 41 year old move, yes it’s a mechanical shark, yes it looks fake at times, but I don’t care who you are, it is still scary as all get out.
  2. The Shallows – Just when you think that all Blake Lively can do is a tween in jeans or have beautiful babies with the most gorgeous man on earth, she surprises us with this one. It’s a scenario you can almost see happening in real life, and the acting is amazing – the shark’s, not hers – and it makes the idea of surfing absolutely terrifying.
  3. Open Water – The title says it all. Need I say more?
  4. Open Water 2 – If you think a sequel can never be as good as the first movie, you’d be right. Except for The Godfather Part II. Or maybe The Empire Strikes Back, which is now technically a #5 and not a #2, but for over 20 years, it was one of the greatest #2’s of all time. (Well, to me it’s #2, my husband says everyone always knew it was #5). Regardless, this one has it’s merits. It’s believable, people still die at the hands (well mouths) of hungry sharks, and it stars McSteamy (Eric Dane) in bathing trunks.
  5. Piranha – Granted these hungry little critters are in rivers and not oceans, but sometimes water is water.
  6. Piranha 3-D – It’s mostly a water park, but again, sometimes water is water.
  7. Orca – I can totally see this happening. I mean, they are called KILLER whales for a reason. And they have teeth. And why should sharks get all the glory, there’s other scary stuff out there too.
  8. The Lost Boys – I’m torn on this one. It’s not set at the beach or in the water, but it is a coastal town. And it’s vampires.
  9. Deep Blue Sea – Now it’s not just regular old sharks that are hunting you down to kill you, it’s super smart genetically manipulated sharks.
  10. The Reef – Once upon a time, I had scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef on my bucket list. Not anymore. The sharks are gonna get you, it’s just a matter of time.

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Why winter is the best time to visit Mission Beach.

By billlluther,

Would it surprise you to know that summer isn’t the only time to visit the beach? In fact, some of the best weather, and deals, that San Diego has to offer happen between September and May during the year.

 

It’s mid-October now and we are enjoying 80 degree weather with clear, blue skies. Don’t believe me? Check out the picture we took that about 5 minutes before posting this. The boardwalk is filled with activity, surfers are perched atop waves, and sunbathers are sprinkled about the sand at random. Sound like summer? It practically is, except better.

 

I’ll tell you why.

 

A 3-bedroom ocean front unit that rents for $6300 per week in July, will rent for $5800 per month in the winter. And, when you stay from one calendar day of the month to the next (i.e. October 14 – November 14) you don’t pay TOT, which saves you 10.5% off the rent and cleaning fee. Of course, you have to stay a full month to get that rate, but don’t you deserve a 4 week vacation?

 

Give us a call, or shoot us an email, we can let you know what we have available and when. You can start saving big bucks on your vacation right away.

 

Happy vacationing!

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How to avoid a sunburn

By billlluther,

The best way to avoid a sunburn is to stay out of the sun. And the best way to do that is by staying in an ocean front vacation rental with a patio that has an umbrella. We suggest at least an 8′ market umbrella. 10′ is best, and 12′ is luxury. The market umbrella provides the best of both worlds, you can still enjoy the ocean breeze and the sounds of the waves, while under the protection of a thick, dense cover that blocks those harmful UV rays. And, since you’re just on the patio, the bathroom and the kitchen are both close by.

 

If you are the adventurous type, who likes to stray from the house, across the boardwalk, and to the sand: wear clothes. Lots of them. It’s a double bonus, really, you avoid the sunburn and you don’t get those pesky tan lines. Win, win!

 

Another option for the adventurous sand-lover is the pop-up tent. Much like the market umbrella, the pop-up tent provides shade where there once was none. A word of caution, the sun shifts throughout the day, thus necessitating the movement of your chair under the pop-up, to stay within the confines of the shade. For those preferring to remain more sedentary during their ocean front vacation, we recommend re-visiting option one.

 

For the death-defying thrill seeker who insists upon frolicking in both the sand and waves in full purview of the sun’s warm, golden rays, we recommend SPF at a factor of at least 70, with 85-90 being preferred. Buy the baby brand sunscreen if you have to, as it seems many manufacturers don’t believe adults need protection greater than 70. Clearly they’ve never met a pale, Irish red-head in San Diego.

 

Don’t be shy with that sunscreen. Slather it everywhere and often. Until you are so greased up that the tiny particles of flying sand, from the ocean’s cool breezes, stick to your body making your skin feel like the human equivalent of sandpaper. You won’t mind that feeling, because remember, you are a death-defying thrill seeker. You don’t let something like sand stop you from enjoying your ocean front vacation to the fullest extent.

 

Happy vacationing!

 

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When Dinosaurs Attack

By billlluther,

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Recent dinosaur sightings in Mission Beach have generated a resurgence in the necessary steps to take when dinosaurs attack.

 

Much like with a Zombie apocalypse, you need to ensure good cardiovascular conditioning. We have the movie Zombieland to thank for that tip. Because outrunning a dinosaur can be difficult. Think the chase scene in Jurassic World when Chris Pratt has to outrun the T-Rex. If he had still been the same Chris Pratt from his Parks and Rec days, and not the newly toned and uber sexy one from the movie, he probably would have been eaten.

 

Due to it’s smaller arm length, the T-Rex is not the best swimmer. So the further into the water you can get, the better your chances will be of distancing yourself from it. If you aren’t the strongest swimmer, make friends with someone who has a boat.

 

Also under the category of arm length, try to hide under something really large and heavy that the T-Rex can’t move. That way it can’t reach you to pull you back out. Our first thought was a freeway overpass. But you have to go with the assumption that the T-Rex can’t just bust through the concrete. So use that suggestion at your own risk.

 

And if all else fails, also like in the Zombie apocalypse, you can trip someone next to you who is also running away. Thus giving the T-Rex something to distract him while you escape.

 

Good luck!

 

 


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