Mission Beach Sandman “Albert” A San Diego Beach Ambassador

Albert the Sandman Brings Smiles and Creative Designs
to San Diego Boardwalks and Beaches

Albert the Mission Beach Sandman posed for a photo in Pacific Beach

Albert the Mission Beach Sandman posed for a photo in Pacific Beach

When it comes to unique characters at San Diego beaches there are not too many that will catch your attention. Places like Venice Beach in Los Angeles have dozens of locals that mix well with the public and do something unique to get the publics attention, but San Diego beaches are much more quiet. That is why people like Albert the “Sandman” are such rare treasures and so much fun to hang out with on weekends when he is out creating cartoons and designs along San Diego boardwalks and parking lots.

I first met Albert 5 years ago and did a story on him….in fact he was in our second edition of SoCal Beaches Magazine, back in the day when we had a printed version of the magazine and I knew that he was the kind of guy that needed some positive promotion for his work.

Alberts creation of a teddy bear along Pacific Beach Drive

Alberts creation of a teddy bear along Pacific Beach Drive

Albert loves talking to the public and taking pictures with his sand creations as much as he loves creating them. Wheile I sat and hung out with him in Pacific Beach he got asked at least 5 times for photos with both tourists and locals alike.

Albert is sort of a celebrity along the Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and also know Coronado boardwalks and beaches.

He goes out and creates sand based murals that normally last most of the day and create so much interest that photographers and visitors gather in the spots where creates his designs and publicize his work.

Albert has a direct connection with an Angel and the Angel guides him as to what to draw and how to draw the murals. Not something you run into that often on a trip down the boardwalk.

Albert may now be the "Coronado Sandman" but for me he will always be the "Mission Beach Sandman"

Albert may now be the

It has always been like that with Albert since the first time I met him and one reason I did the story on him was that many people were not sure what his “trip” was.

When they found out he was a kind soul who just loved creating sand designs and that he spent all of his spare time picking up trash and cigarette butts he became one of the kost popular people in Mission Beach.

Albert now hangs out mainly in Coronado and he is just as happy there creating his sand designs as he was during his days in Mission Beach.

He still gets down to Pacific Beach and Mission Beach once in a while so if you get a chance to say hello, thank him for all the work he has done making people smile, taking photos with kids and families and also cleaning up trash and cigarette butts along the beach.

Mickey Mouse and a Tic Tac Toe board

Mickey Mouse and a Tic Tac Toe board

Albert is a super special person and one that makes San Diego beaches special!!!

Albert the Sandman at work

Albert the Sandman at work

Visit Alberts Myspace.com page at
www.myspace.com/coronadosandman

VIDEOS with ALBERT in ACTION below

Albert the Sandman Video #1

Albert the Sandmand video 2

Albert the Mission Beach Sandman video #3

Creations from Albert the Sandman

Creations from Albert the Sandman

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