From artsy Encinitas and eclectic
Oceanside to posh Del Mar, family-friendly Carlsbad and design-centric
Solana Beach, these seaside towns
beckon with beautiful beaches, charming villages and laid-back lifestyles.
ENCINITAS COMMUNITY PARK
This massive park has soccer, softball and
baseball fields, a modern playground, and
a 13,000-square-foot skate park with rail
slides, ramps and a quarter-pipe volcano.
425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas
Live music fans love this intimate venue
where big names play for small crowds.
Shows feature talent like Ziggy Marley,
Bonobo, Z-Trip, Jimmy Buffet, Pete Yorn
143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach
SLEEPING TIGER COFFEES
Located in Witch Creek Winery, this new
roaster has a coffee tasting room and
52906 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad
FIVE TO TRY
HAPPENIN’ SPOTS IN OCEANSIDE
This cool industrial
space built in 1938,
once a car shop, is
a fine spot for craft
cocktails and New
208 S. Coast Highway
street fare and a
beachy vibe make this
one of the O-side’s
best happy hour
211 Mission Ave.
This artisanal deli has
glorious gourmet sandwiches, handmade
gelato, Stumptown Nitro
cold brew, kombucha
floats with homemade
sorbet and a wine bar.
1704 S. Coast Highway
Wrench & Rodent
This eclectic eatery
has a cult following for
its innovative sushi.
1815 S. Coast Highway
Gastro-grub like ta-
cos, wings, pork-belly
sliders and gourmet
burgers pair nicely
with the 53 beers
found at this family-
601 S. Coast Highway
Stroll Solana Beach’s design district and discover stunning surf
photography at Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery, Balinese furniture at David Alan Collection, unique home decor at Bixby &
Ball, creative gifts at SoLo, couture threads at Tucci and more.
Stop by Culture Brewing Co. for a hoppy IPA or head to Carruth
Cellars for tasting flights in the urban winery.
also has a gallery
downtown, at The
Hit Blue Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria (897 S. Coast Highway
101) for perfect thin-crust pies and to-die-for butterscotch pudding. Q’ero (564 S. Coast Highway 101)
takes the taste buds on a savory journey to Peru, while
casual Fish 101 (1468 N. Coast Highway) serves up
sustainable, fresh catch and farm produce. The Lanai
(1114 N. Coast Highway) calls for an ahi poke lunch at
the patio’s picnic tables.