From artsy Encinitas and eclectic
Oceanside to posh Del Mar,
family-friendly Carlsbad and
design-centric Solana Beach,
these seaside communities sport
glorious beaches, charming villages
and cutting-edge cuisine.
LAND & WATER CO.
Set in a historical 1887 house, this excellent
eatery celebrates locally sourced produce and
sustainable catches. While Chef Robert Ruiz
is a wizard with sushi, his Jidori chicken and
Denver lamb in red curry are equally
enchanting. Speakeasy downstairs as well.
2978 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad
BELLY UP TAVERN
Live music fans love this intimate venue where
big names play for small crowds. Kick off summer
at the two-day, free concert event Fiesta Del Sol
(May 30-31), curated by the Belly Up.
143 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach
DEL MAR FAIR
Heart-thumping rides, live concerts, livestock
competitions, exhibits and indulgent food
characterize the county’s largest annual event.
In 2015, “A Fair to Remember: A Celebration
of World’s Fairs and Balboa Park” runs June 5
through July 5.
2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar
WRENCH & RODENT SEABASSTROPUB
Fear not the name—this eclectic restaurant has
people flocking from all over town to experience
Chef Davin Waite’s remarkable seafood and
1815 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside
CALIFORNIA SURF MUSEUM
Art, exhibits and photography celebrate
the heritage, culture and lifestyle of
surfing in this world-class museum.
312 Pier View Way, Oceanside
CULTURE BREWING CO.
This stylish tasting room on Cedros Avenue
is home to some seriously good suds, from
smooth blonde ales to powerful coffee stouts.
Don’t miss their award-winning Black IPA.
111 S. Cedros Ave., Solana Beach
CRUISING COAST HIGHWAY 101
Stroll the Meditation Gardens
behind the Self-Realization
Center (215 K St.) for
panoramic ocean views and
watch the surfers catch
waves at Swami’s Reef.
Head to Moonlight Beach
(233 Second St.) where a
playground, volleyball courts,
snack bar and fire pits await
by the sea.
Eat and Drink
Enjoy thin-crust, wood-fired
pizza and craft brews at Blue
Ribbon Artisan Pizzeria (897
S. Coast Hwy. 101). Indulge
in the buttermilk cinnamon
rolls with pecan butter sauce
at Solace & the Moonlight
Lounge ( 25 East E St.) or
hit their raw bar upstairs for
oysters. Q’ero (564 S. Coast
Hwy. 101) serves up superlative
Peruvian food in a cozy setting
while Shelter (540 S. Coast
Hwy. 101) calls for craft
cocktails and DJ culture.
Gear up for water play at
Hansen’s (1105 S. Coast Hwy.
101), which has boards,
booties, bikinis, wetsuits,
shoes and surf threads. Peruse
the coastal lifestyle shop,
Bliss 101 (553 S. Coast Hwy.
101), for beautiful art, jewelry,
furniture and gifts. Get a sweet
fix at Chuao Chocolatier Café
(937 S. Coast Hwy. 101).
Solana Beach’s design district is home to a
colorful array of galleries, boutiques and
home furnishing havens. Explore Aaron
Chang Ocean Art Gallery (415 S. Cedros
Ave.) for stunning surf photography; Mabel’s
(136 S. Cedros Ave.) for contemporary
jewelry and couture; Mistral (146 S. Cedros
Ave.) for aromatic lotions and soaps; Solo
(309 S. Cedros Ave.) for art books, letterpress stationery and mid-century modern
pieces; or David Allen Collection (241
S. Cedros Ave.) for handcrafted Balinese
furniture, textiles and treasures.
Land & Water Co.