Only 20 minutes north of downtown San Diego lies this tiny seaside hideaway dating back to the 1880’s. With just over 2 miles of coastline and pristine beaches and a quaint village of the finest shops and restaurants, many of which overlook the ocean, visitors can get around on foot or beach cruiser without needing a car.
The town of approximately 4,500 is bordered by calm water lagoons on each end, one of which is affectionately known as “Dog Beach” where dogs are free to romp and play off leash most of the year. Del Mar is home to the world famous Del Mar Racetrack, the annual county fair and the newly renovated La Auberge Resort. There are several parks for residents and visitors to enjoy. For an ideal picnic location, a romantic sunset walk, free summer concerts, or a spectacular wedding location, try Powerhouse Park or the adjoining Seagrove Park. For the little ones, there is a wonderful playground, affectionately called the “Tot Lot” just next to Powerhouse Park.
Activities are endless in Del Mar. Only one mile to the south is Torrey Pines State Beach which offers breathtaking ocean views from most of the hiking trails, tranquil beach walks, terrific uphill road biking or if you are less motivated, great sunbathing on uncrowded beaches. Golf at the world famous Torrey Pines Golf Course is not to be missed. The green fees are still reasonable and the views are priceless.
The village has enough shopping opportunities to keep you busy for days. And bring your four legged friend as Del Mar is very dog friendly. It is not unusual for shop owners to have water and treats for Fido.
This community of 14,000 people just 30 minutes north of San Diego lives up to its name with average temperatures in the summer of 72 degrees and 66 in the winter. Tourists come for the weather, hiking and biking, nightlife, the quaint Cedros Design District with its charming shops and wonderful restaurants, the pristine beaches, world class surfing and famous sunsets.
The locals live her for the superior San Dieguito school system, the vibrant train station that serves both Amtrak and the Coaster, the strong sense of community, the walkability of this charming town, the organic market on Sunday, the Belly Up music venue, the award winning Fletcher Cove Park and the amazing restaurants.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, often referred to as just Cardiff, is a classic Southern California beach community that sits just off of the Coast Highway north of Del Mar. This charming town boasts a moderate climate year round, breathtaking views, over two miles of pristine Pacific coastline, world famous surfing breaks and a close knit group of residents who take pride in their community.
Tourists and locals alike enjoy this charming and friendly beach town with a walkdable downtown area with quaint shops and delicious cuisine, an active arts and yoga community, a community park with a playground and volleyball court, a 900 acre ecological preserve, hiking and running trails in a beautiful estuary and plenty of biking and ocean sports activities. The locals are laid-back, friendly and can usually be seen hanging with their dogs at the local Starbucks, working at the local gym, Cardiffit, or grabbing a quick bite at Seaside Market.
Incorporated in 1986, with a current population of 60,000, Encinitas is located along six miles of Pacific coastline just 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego. The charming downtown district is over 100 years old and features historic architecture, sidewalk cafes perfect for al fresco dining, delicious cuisine at charming eateries, quaint shops and a variety of coffee shops, including Starbucks. The town is very dog friendly and many shops and restaurants allow your canine companion to accompany you shopping or eating outside.
Favorite local spots includes the local historic theater, La Paloma, where classic surf movies as well as the most current movies are shown, Swami’s café, a great place to have breakfast or lunch after an epic surf session at the famous surf break of the same name, The Pannikin, a train station that has been converted into a fantastic coffee shop, Henry’s Organic Market, and of course all of the famous surf spots along the 6-mile coastline.
The city boasts a significant flower growing industry and many locals claim that it is the Flower Growing Capital of the U.S. During the Spring, the fields are full of colorful blooms. The Quail Botanical Gardens has the largest display of bamboo in the world and is a beautiful place to visit. The Self Realization Center, situated on the bluff overlooking the ocean, has a serene garden setting, perfect for quiet meditation.
Activities are endless in this seaside community. Golf enthusiasts can enjoy the ocean views while playing at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course and public tennis courts are available at the local parks. Other options are bicycling the Coast Highway, hiking the San Elijo Lagoon, playing volleyball at Moonlight Beach and of course, surfing one of the many famous surf breaks.
Regular events in Encinitas include: The Annual April Street Fair, The Annual Fall Festival, The Annual Oktoberfest, The Classic Car Cruise Nights and The Wavecrest Woodie Meet (the largest rally of wooden bodied vehicles in the world).
Rancho Santa Fe
Just east of the freeway from Del Mar is Rancho Santa Fe, Del Mar’s upscale suburban cousin. Only four miles from the beach, “The Ranch” or “Rancho”, as known by the locals, is close enough to the beach lifestyle, but world’s apart from the more dense lifestyle of Del Mar.
About 3,000 people live in The Ranch, many only part-time residents. The homes sit on quiet estates with private, gated entrances, long meandering driveways, wooded lots and they often have their own equestrian facilities.
Life in The Ranch includes the world-famous polo at the San Diego Polo Club, the historic Rancho Santa Fe Country Club, The Bridges Country Club, excellent restaurants and posh retail shops, and the luxurious Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Hop on your horse and meander through the eucalyptus trees throughout The Ranch on one of the many horse trails, play golf at one of the many lush courses, cycle on streets liked with eucalyptus, window shop in the quaint downtown shopping district, or just enjoy the warm year round temperatures at one of the many outdoor cafes.
Carlsbad sits on the coast north of San Diego approximately 30 to 40 minutes. With a major north-south freeway, an Amtrak/Coaster station and easy access to Orange County just north, it is a great location for those working either in San Diego or Irvine who want a more suburban beach lifestyle.
With over seven miles of terrific beaches and a lagoon for water sports, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the water – surfing, kite surfing, sun bathing, scuba diving among the kelp beds, water skiing and wake boarding, stand up paddling – the options are endless.
Away from the beach, the world-famous Legoland has rides and shows for all ages, the Flower Fields are a site in the spring, the Cannon Art Gallery and Museum of Making Music offer cultural experiences and the downtown area is perfect for walking or cruising on bikes, shopping, al fresco dining, or just hanging in one of the many parks.
Only 10 minutes from downtown, La Jolla offers world class high end shopping, exquisite dining opportunities, charming European inspired hotels, topnotch golfing, dramatic seaside vistas and more. La Jolla is home to world-renowned institutions such as the Scripps Institutions of Oceanography and the Stephen Birch Aquarium & Museum. La Jolla is home to many bio-tech and software companies. Due to its easy access to downtown or to north San Diego County, La Jolla is a great place to live.
In Spanish, La Jolla means “The Jewel”. True to its name, the jewel of Southern California sparkles in sunshine year round. The quaint town has a southern European resort atmosphere with the fun California lifestyle. Even though La Jolla is known to be one of the most affluent communities in the United States, it has a very down to earth feel due to the community of friendly residents and gorgeous natural scenery. There is plenty to do for an active lifestyle with kayaking and swimming at the cove, surfing at Black’s Beach, a picnic in the ocean view park, hiking at Torrey Pines or playing golf at the Torrey Pines Golf Course.
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