1. Visit any one of more than 30 San Diego beaches
. The beaches of north San Diego in
Solana Beach, Carlsbad and Encinitas are
beautiful. They will stir your imagination. They are as diverse
and colorful as our region. Admission is absolutely free.
Visit Balboa Park. Visit the
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
. It is an
educational, entertaining experience for visitors of all ages.
There are more than 120 fascinating exhibits. Try to design images with
a sand pendulum. Put
your hands directly on thirty scientific phenomena. It's fun.
It's entertaining. It's intriguing. If you are on vacation, check out
is close to the beach.
in nearby Carlsbad has more than 45 rides, shows and
attractions. You can see entire cities constructed entirely from
and nearby Solana Beach lodging..
Encinitas Beach Bazaar On The Pacific Coast Highway is held every weekend in
quaint Encinitas. Stay at a romantic
B&B - the
Inn At Moonlight Beach. The Inn is closer to the beach than any
Solana Beach B&B or
Del Mar California
Bed and Breakfasts.
Afterwards, you can check out
trendy Carlsbad hotels. Visit La Jolla Hotels in Del Mar B&B.
5. Visit Historic Old Town
You can see living San Diego history in Action. It's fascinating. Wander
buildings. Explore a genuine blacksmith shop. Roam through the
Seeley Stables. Visit the oldest schoolhouse in San Diego.
Explore and imagine life in the
early days of San Diego. There are lots of great restaurants, fun clubs and souvenir
shops in the Old Town area.
6. Take the Coaster commuter train to visit
in San Diego. Fun and thrills for everyone. Thrill
to the Shamu show. Enjoy the rides, shows and animal
attractions. If you’re looking to create one amazing day, look to
SeaWorld and stay at and Encinitas hotel or B&B San Diego.
7. Stroll through the historic Gaslamp Quarter.
Enjoy and walk along an
extensive yacht basin, several unique shopping centers and a huge
assortment of restaurants, bars and clubs
that now occupy former brothels and saloons
. See turn-of-the-century Victorian architecture.
Explore old hotels and
boutiques. Visit art galleries and specialty shops. The nightlife is throbbing and vibrant
365 days a year. Try a B&B in San Diego or the Del Mar Inn.
8. Look at the stars. The
San Diego Astronomy Association
often sets up
telescopes at Balboa Park so that you can view the moon, planets
and galaxies. Be sure to check out Solana Beach accommodations
like the Cardiff Lodge or Solana Beach Inn.
9. Take a scenic drive to
Hop out of your car for an invigorating hike. Enjoy
the fresh mountain air whispering through the pines.
The mountain is a perfect playground. You can go hiking, mountain biking or camping.
Family activities include star gazing or just relaxing. Spend a night in the clear air
of the Laguna Mountain Lodge.
Encinitas Beach hotels
an hour away.
10. Walk back in time 140 years in
, a century-old gold mining town
in the Cuyamaca Mountains. It all began during the 1870s gold rush. You ca
see where gold was
actually discovered. Shop in old stores housed in historic buildings.
Buildings here date back to the
1860's. Sleep in a romantic B&B or historic hotel or Encinitas Ca Inn. Hike and picnic amid oaks and
pines. Ride down Main Street in a horse-drawn carriage. Get a free map from the Chamber of Commerce.
Take a self-guided walking tour of the area’s historic sites.
Enjoy a whole homemade apple pie – a Julian specialty!
Put on your hiking boots. Head to Torrey Pines State Park.
Torrey Pines is said to be SoCal's most beautiful park.
Here you will enjoy miles of beautiful trails overlooking the
Pacific Ocean. Watch dare-devil hang-gliders sail the strong winds that sweep along the coastline cliffs.
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve is one of the wildest stretches of land on our Southern California
coast. After your visit, relax at a Carlsbad hotel or San Diego Ca Bed and
12. If you like to rollerblade or skateboard,
Mission Beach Boardwalk.
3-mile boardwalk along the ocean rivals Venice Beach in Los Angeles for
eye-popping sights, sounds and events. Great for cycling, beer-drinking or
people-watching. Afterward check out the Del Mar Inn or Solana
13. Visit one of the largest metro parks in the
United States -
Mission Trails Regional Park.
Explore all the cultural and historical aspects of San Diego
County. The Visitor’s Center
has marvelous displays about the native people who once lived on the land.
Visit the old Mission Dam. Hike the park’s 45 miles of
natural and developed hiking and biking trails. Stay at the
Encinitas Ca Inn or San Diego Beach Bed and Breakfast.
is famous for the boulders
that litter its chaparral-covered slopes. Indians called it
"the mountain of moonlit rocks."
Hike two miles to the summit an enjoy great views all the way.
Scramble up giant granite slabs to
enjoy great vistas. Views
stretch from the Pacific
Point Loma. You can see the San Diego airport and Cuyamaca Peak. From the top you will enjoy
a great view of the San
Diego skyline more than 20 miles away.
15. Kayak, surf, body-board, swim, scuba dive or snorkel at
. The cove is home to the most pure waters on the California coast.
Here you can explore miles of protected underwater preserves.
The La Jolla Underwater Ecological Reserve consists of many distinct
habitats. You will find rocky reefs, sandy flats, kelp beds and underwater
canyons. A "look-but-don't-touch" ecological refuge, the reserve is an
ecological haven. Nearby are La Jolla Beach Hotels and Beach Inn
Carlsbad B&B just a stone's throw away.
16. Spend a day
the biggest city cultural park in the United States. Enjoy their
eight free spectacular gardens. You will marvel at the gorgeous Spanish Colonial Revival architecture. The park is home
to twelve museums. Here are famous performing arts venues. Next door
is the world famous San Diego Zoo.
There is an always-changing calendar of exhibitions and plays.
Folks come from all over the world to see the musicals and concerts.
There will be a fun time for all in this beautiful park-like setting. Some museums are
actually free admission on Tuesdays. Try the solana Beach
Hotel or Del Mar Inn. People love to stay at the Encinitas
Beach Inn and Encinitas Hotel.
17. The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
has a world-famous permanent art collection. Browse amongst 5,200 works
created since 1946. their art represents all media and genres.
You will find painting, sculpture, photography, plus video and film.
18. Explore the
in Point Loma
and Solana Beach. Low tide also reveals sea treasures at
Carlsbad, LaJolla and Swami's
Beach in Encinitas
at low tide.
Explore flowery sea anemones and scampering shore crabs.
Marvel at elusive octopus, spongy "dead man's fingers" and many other sea creatures.
Check the Union Tribune newspaper for the tide tables.
19. Drive to the top of La Jolla:
Here you will be
overlooking La Jolla Hotels and San Diego B&Bs. Enjoy breathtaking, 360-degree views of
the San Diego skyline. Marvel at the gently curving La Jolla coastline and Mission Bay.
Here you will find "The Cross of Mt.
Soledad," a memorial tribute to the dead of the World Wars and Korean War. A
cross of California redwood was first placed on Mt. Soledad in 1913. Dr.
Seuss loved Encinitas California Hotels and once lived on Mt.
soledad. Del Mar hotels and Solana Beach Inn are
nearby. Stay at the Encinitas Beach Inn or Encinitas Hotels.
Inn at Moonlight Beach is more delightful than Encinitas hotels in Solana Beach hotels or
20. After spending time at the ocean in an
Encinitas Ca Bed and Breakfast
it's time to cross the mojntains and visit the
Anza-Borrego State Park.
Here you can sample the natural beauty of the desert. You
will love the desert garden located just
outside the Visitor Center. The garden provides extensive insight into the
desert vegetation. Many native plant species are identified and explained on interpretative
plaques. This unique desert garden includes a pupfish pond. Pupfish evolved
during the Ice Age and still survive - barely. Now they have adapted to living in today's
harsh desert. The 650,000-acre park is the largest in the
United States. Every spring the desert explodes into a
fireworks of colors when the wildflowers come into bloom.
21. Spend time at our lovely Encinitas Beach Hotels.
Dozens of guests on
Inn By The Sea
is far more romantic than
Solana Beach Bed & Breakfasts
in Del Mar Bed & Breakfasts. Even
Carlsbad Ca Hotels
and Del Mar California Hotels
can’t hold a candle to our
romantic beach inn
on the Pacific Ocean at Moonlight Beach
Visit our website and see for yourself.
Del Mar Hotels
La Jolla Hotels
Solana Beach Hotels
are more expensive.
Carlsbad Bed and Breakfasts are not as romantic.
22. Pasadena Weekly
Inn At Moonlight Beach
one of the
Twelve Best California Road Trips
say the inn is superior to
Solana Beach Hotels or
Solana Beach Ca Bed and Breakfasts
or even the fancy
Carlsbad Bed and Breakfasts.
Encinitas is the quintessential Southern California beach
town. Business people and surfers alike are lined up at
Juanita's Taco Shop for lunch. The wide sidewalks along the
historic Old Highway U.S. 101 in "downtown" is lined with
outdoor restaurants. Tourists and kids are seen walking around
downtown barefoot, in swim suits while other are waxing down
their surfboards for a session at Moonlight Beach.
Dunham, a native of Michigan, owns this little four-room Bed and
Breakfast Inn. The
Inn overlooks the ocean; Moonlight Beach is just two blocks
away - no other Inns in coastal San Diego are closer to the
Moonlight Beach is the most popular beach in Encinitas because it's
a great spot to get some warm sun, have a little picnic, get
involved in a game of beach volleyball, go surfing, try a
boogie-board, body surf in the great waves, just relax and
read a book or watch people.
Every one Ann's rooms are decorated in the best of taste in
the flavor of a French Beach Inn. Every morning will find Ann
baking her guests warm-from-the-oven rolls, croissants, breads
and pastries for breakfast. Guests at Ann's Inn might
begin their day with a walk on the beach in either direction
at the crack of dawn and then return to the Inn for Ann's
home-made breakfast - all included in the cost of the night's
stay. Swami's Beach was made famous in 1963 by the Beach Boys
and is just a ten minute walk along the sandy beach where
world class surfers still surf every morning. You will awaken in the morning to the
sounds of the of her meditative waterfall. You can drift back
to sleep take a walk or jog along Moonlight Beach as Encinitas
After any morning activities, guests can
relax at the Inn with a cup of fresh, hot Starbucks coffee and
Ann's home-made breakfast as they enjoy the local newspaper or
Wall Street Journal in the breakfast room or outside in the
sunshine. Moonlight Beach is just a 4 minute walk from
the Inn at Moonlight Beach. Stone Steps Beach, Beacon's and
Grandview beaches are a short walk up Neptune Avenue or the
beach, north of Moonlight Beach.
Telephone: (760) 561-1755
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Carlsbad and Encinitas California are charming, chic communities on the
ocean just north of California's most beautiful city, San
Diego, in what locals call "North County," a community of
picturesque beach towns along the Pacific coastline.
San Diego beach communities include Cardiff By The Sea, Solana
Beach, Encinitas, Leucadia and Carlsbad. Each town is blessed
with it's own glorious ocean views and refreshing sea breezes.
Legoland is a fun attraction for families when they
are visiting Carlsbad - it's a well thought out, colorful and
a very agreeable theme parks for parents as well as children.
The lines much shorter than those at Disneyland plus the
atmosphere is quiet relaxed for a children's theme park.
Adults enjoy the lovely landscaping and appreciate the healthy
cafe restaurant with healthy menu items.
Carlsbad has world
class beaches. Carlsbad State Beach runs from Tamarack Avenue
all the way along the beach to downtown Carlsbad. There's
sandy beach below and a great sidewalk along the bluff tops
for sunset strolls and people watching. A little further to
the south is South Carlsbad State Beach (the locals call it
South Ponto). You will find a state campground on top of the
bluff overlooking the ocean with stairs to the beach below.
The Flower Fields are not to be missed in the spring
from March to mid-May. Here you can walk through 50 acres of
colorfully carpeted fields framed by the Pacific Ocean. They
are at 5704 Paseo de Norte Drive. Telephone: 706-431-0352.
Many vacation time-share condos serve as Carlsbad vacation
rentals. These more upscale accommodations are luxurious and
can be quite expensive. A famous Carlsbad resort is the La
Costa Resort and Spa. As soon as guests enter the gates of La
Costa, they're impressed with the beauty and relaxing charm of
this one-of-a-kind Southern California resort.
Regarded as one of the finest resorts in the world, La Costa
guests enjoy a dazzling spa, a world-class golf course,
informal sophistication and extraordinary servi
Inn At Moonlight Beach #1 Solana Beach
Much more romantic than the Solana Beach Inn. Closer to the ocean than hotels in Carlsbad
California. More lovely than any Carlsbad Bed and Breakfast.