Encinitas is a small and beautiful Southern California beach town in the north end of San Diego County. The town sits right on the coast of the Pacific Ocean and has a great downtown main street area and gorgeous beaches.
Encinitas is a beach town, so you’re definitely going to want to hit the beaches and the waves of the Pacific while you’re there. There are a number of great beaches you can check out while on your Encinitas vacation. Moonlight Beach is the most popular beach in the area and has a great playground for children, bathrooms, volleyball nets and beach rentals. Swamis Beach is another great beach in Encinitas and is one of the most famous surf spots in Southern California. You can access the beach via steep stairs down a bluff from Swamis Park at the south end of town.
Several surf shops along Coast Highway provide gear rentals for visitors in case you’d like to go surfing, boogie boarding or stand-up-paddleboarding. Visit Cardiff State Park in Encinitas for another great beach with surfing and swimming opportunities. If you love camping, be aware that the park books up for the peak summer season very early in the year, so make sure to make reservations early if you’d like to stay there. Every Sunday, Encinitas offers a great farmers market from 10-2 with the Leucadia Farmers Market. It’s very popular and many people come to enjoy the great food and produce offered by the market making it a very fun experience for visitors. If you’re interesting in golfing, there are great courses all over the Encinitas-San Diego area. The Encinitas Ranch Golf Course is a beautiful course to play and there are great San Diego courses you can play like Torrey Pines and Coronado Golf course.
Encinitas has a great location in Southern California that offers easy and fun day trip options for visitors. You can take an hour drive north to the great city of Temecula, which is the premier wine country destination in Southern California. There are great wineries like Wilson Creek Winery, Leoness Cellars, Wiens Family Cellars, Ponte Winery among dozens of others that are all very enjoyable for touring, tasting and relaxing. Temecula also has a lot of hot air balloon companies where you can go up and see the vineyards and the beautiful Southern California countryside from up above.
Another great trip is to take a two-hour drive east to Borrego Springs where you take a scenic desert drive and then enjoy the great small town and at night you can enjoy some of the best stargazing you’ve ever seen, as Borrego Springs is an International Dark Sky Community. Of course, consider going north to Los Angeles or south to San Diego to explore the two largest cities in the area.
There are beautiful beach homes that are constantly rented out in Encinitas. When you plan your trip, look for rentals anywhere along the North Coast Highway, which will ensure that you are close to the beach during your stay. Rentals on Neptune Avenue or 3rd or 4th Street will make the ocean your backyard and are great options as well.
Almost everything in Encinitas can be easily reached on foot, including the beaches, restaurants and shops. Renting bikes is also very popular in Encinitas and a good way to get around. There are also bus services from the NCTD (North County Transit District) and taxi services from Swami’s Cab and Encinitas Taxi Cab. You can take Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner if you’d like to go to Los Angeles or San Diego by train.
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