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.
This bustling pizza joint is popular with
families and craft beer fans with its piping
hot pies, arcade games and multiple beers
Locations in Carlsbad, Bressi Ranch
and Solana Beach.
Live music fans love this intimate venue
where big names play for small crowds.
Recent shows have included the Wailers,
Jimmy Buffet and Cheap Trick, among
143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach
ENCINITAS COMMUNITY PARK
This pretty park stretches across 44 acres,
with a 13,000-square-foot skate park with
rail slides, ramps and a quarter-pipe
volcano; a modern playground, soccer,
softball and baseball fields and enclosed green grass where four-leggers can run with the pack.
425 Santa Fe Drive, Encinitas
MASTERS KITCHEN AND COCKTAIL
This former car shop built in 1938 retains its
industrial cool, warmed up by greenery and
Chef Chris Gallo’s comfort cuisine such as duck
confit mac ’n’ cheese and mushroom strudel.
Great craft cocktails and bar scene, too.
208 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside
THE CONFESSIONAL BY LOST ABBEY
Take your pick of 24 craft beers from Lost Abbey and Port
Brewing in this new tasting room and beer garden. Counteract the
strong beers with hot slices from East Coast Pizza next door.
2007 San Elijo Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea
This open-air lounge and bar is an ideal post for reveling and
dancing to live DJs on the weekends.
540 S. Coast Hwy. 101
DEL MAR DELIGHTS
Spread out a blanket and picnic at
grassy Powerhouse Park overlooking the beach, or head to Dog Beach
for volleyball or a romp with your dog
in the sea. Wager a bet on the thoroughbreds during the second season of
racing at the Del Mar
racetrack (Oct. 29-
Nov 29) at the Del
Jake’s Del Mar offers a front-row seat
for sunsets with tropical mai tais and
fish tacos nights. Upscale Mexican and
an incredible tequila collection can be
found at El Agave at the Del Mar Plaza,
or savor daily catch and fresh seafood
at Pacifica. One of the city’s finest
chefs, Carl Schroeder, makes magic
with local produce and products at
Market Restaurant & Bar.
Get a new
by master stylist Haim Knister. Relax
with a sea stone massage at Spa
L’Auberge, and then drift over to the
L’Auberge Del Mar hotel’s patio eatery
Coastline for cocktails, Cali cuisine
and sunsets over the Pacific.
L’Auberge Del Mar