Vacation Rentals

Solana Beach Vacation Rentals

Located in San Diegos North County coastal region, discover Fletcher Cove, with dramatic bluffs that flank the sandy beach areaan idyllic location to take a stroll and explore the caves carved into the cliffs by the pounding surf. To access this secluded set of beaches, look for the staircases that line the coastline. Great finds can also be had off the beach in the Cedros Design District, a charming enclave of over 85 unique shops, galleries, boutiques and restaurants just a short walk away. WHERE TO GO There are five main beach spots in Solana Beach from north to south: At the northern tip of Solana Beach is Seaside, a good surf spot with an outer reef called Table Tops that breaks on big southwest swells. Tide Beach has best sand of the bunch and a patch of reef that offers tide pooling. Fletcher Cove (also known as Pillbox), is located where Lomas Santa Fe Road meets the Pacific. The beach can be accessed through a concrete ramp that begins at Fletcher Cove Park, a popular recreational park with a playground and grassy area. Seascape Beach and Del Mar Shores on the north side of the San Dieguito river mouth, are two spots frequented by local residents. PARKING Theres not a lot in the way of public parking on the streets here, but most of the Solana Beach residents use private off-street parking, so availability is good. A small but free parking lot is available at the Fletcher Cove Park. LIFEGUARDS There are lifeguards at Pillbox, Tide Beach and Seaside year-round, and at Del Mar Shores during the summer. BATHROOMS & SHOWERS Shower and restroom facilities are available at Fletcher Cove, located at the top of the entrance ramp leading to the beach. DIRECTIONS From the I-5 freeway exit Lomas Santa Fe Drive west to Pacific Avenue. Continue straight through the intersection to Fletcher Cove or head north on Pacific Avenue or south on Sierra Avenue to explore other the options. Seaside lies directly at the bottom of the hill as you drive north on Pacific Avenue toward Cardiff.

Encinitas Vacation Rentals

Recently named among the 20 best surf towns in the world by National Geographic, Encinitas wears its surf history proudly. Located along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, Encinitas is an unspoiled reminder of the historic Highway 101 beach culture that thrived in the mid-1900s. Restaurants, Activities, Events & More! The citys eclectic downtown has long drawn surfers and hippies with its unique and dynamic blend of San Diegos top surf shops, coffeehouses and record stores, not to mention the beaches in Encinitas are coveted by locals as hidden gems. Encinitas is alternately known as the "Flower Capital of the World," because of its extensive collection of unique nurseries and gardens, most extensive of which is the San Diego Botanic Garden, and the worlds leading grower of the Christmas flower, the poinsettia. RESTAURANTS Every seat in the two-story Pacific Coast Grill has a view of the ocean. Choose from the fresh seafood, oyster bar, fresh ground premium beef burgers and best-selling lobster tacos, plus world-class margaritas. Vigiluccis Trattoria Italiana serves authentic Italian cuisine in a coastal location with dog-friendly patio seating that provides a wonderful opportunity to people-watch on Highway 101. Located in the historic Santa Fe Railroad Station of 1888, the Pannikin Coffee & Tea is a long-time popular hangout, as much for the lack of wireless internet as the coffee, tea and caf food. ACTIVITIES San Diego Botanic Garden includes nearly 4,000 kinds of plants from all over the world and more than 37 acres of exhibits including rare bamboo groves (the largest collection in the U.S.), desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, Mediterranean climate landscapes, an undersea succulent garden, a subtropical fruit garden and the largest interactive childrens garden on the West Coast called the Hamilton Childrens Garden. A favorite beach for surfing in Encinitas, Swamis was immortalized in the song "Surfin USA" by the Beach Boys. Take in a few waves if you can wait long enough to get your turn or watch the top-notch surfing from the small park at the top of the bluff. Named for the midnight picnics local residents used to have in the early 1900s, Moonlight State Beach is a wide and flat family beach with volleyball, tennis courts, recreational equipment rentals and a snack bar. A rarity at most beaches these days, Moonlight Beach features fire rings, for post-sunset bonfires and barbecues. Drive down the coastline on Historic Highway 101 from laid-back Oceanside to luxurious La Jolla enjoying the diverse and vibrant communities along the way that capture the true essence of a Southern California vacation. The downtown Encinitas shopping district is more than 100 years old. Today, the historic buildings house boutique shops and sidewalk cafes, where shoppers can find treasures old and new. Forty percent of the birds in North America pass by the San Elijo Lagoon on their annual migrations. Featuring an array of "green" amenities, the eco-friendly San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center offers free admission and guided nature walks on the first and last Saturdays of each month at 10:00 AM. The interactive exhibits focus on the ecosystem, environment and history of lagoons, and the buildings "green" components.