Solana Beach is a charming beach-side community nestled along the coast of the Pacific Ocean about 25 minutes north of San Diego. It’s bordered by the Lomas Santa Fe Country Club on the east, the Pacific Ocean on the west, San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve on the north and the beach-side town of Del Mar (and it’s horse-racing track) on the south.
Solana Beach lives up to it’s “sol” name with sunny winter temperatures averaging 60 – 62 degrees. Summer highs rarely exceed a comfortable 75 – 77 degrees thanks to the ocean’s sea breezes. The combination of wonderful weather, palm trees and sparking ocean give Solana Beach a reputation as a near-perfect paradise.
This quintessential beach town is a popular for its diversity; here you will find eclectic shops, world-class restaurants, active nightlife, beach sports, nature walks and hiking. An evening tradition shared by locals and visitors is gathering at Fletcher Cove Beach to enjoy the incredible sunsets.
The Cedros shopping district is unlike any other area of San Diego, an “artsy” community of chic and cool, hip and eclectic, touched with a flavor of a European side-street. Visitors to Credos will find a quarter mile of more than 75 distinctive businesses featuring mysterious antique shops, fascinating far-eastern furniture stores, hand-woven tapestries, hand-made custom jewelry, natural restaurants, health spas, design studios and one-of-a-kind salons.
Perhaps the most well-known establishment in Cedros is the Belly Up Tavern. If you enjoy music, be sure to check out the daily line-up of diverse musical talent. The Belly Up is unique and well-known throughout all of California, and has been elected the Best Live Music Venue in San Diego nearly annually by local newspapers and magazines.
Coastal Southern California has an excellent rail transit system. Both the Amtrak and the local commuter train, the Coaster, stop at the Solana Beach station at 105 N. Cedros Ave., providing easy access to San Diego and Los Angeles.
Every July the local triathlon club hosts a “beach party triathlon” with a quarter mile ocean swim, nine mile bike ride and three mile run. Thousands of people run, ride, swim, watch, participate and have fun with their family and friends.
Solana Beach was the first city in the U.S. to enact a no-smoking ordinance on its public beaches. Dozens of other coastal California communities have since followed suit in banning smoking on public beaches.
Like many San Diego coastal beach towns, Solana Beach is a mix of the old and the new. The coastal area is older, built in the 50s and 60s. This main part of town along historic Highway U.S. 101 is a mix of antique shops, older and remodeled homes, galleries, restaurants, hotels, resorts and apartments.
The inland portion of Solana Beach was developed over the past 25 years and boasts a large country club surrounded by exclusive homes. The headquarters of the Jenny Craig Corporation is located in Solana Beach with more than 190 employees.
Beach town lodging options in the Solana Beach and Cardiff By The Sea area include Cardiff By The Sea Inn and Solana Beach Bed and Breakfasts.
A world traveler and expert when it comes to the best lodging and accommodations in the San Diego area, Heather Hunnefeld recommend suchs websites as Solana Beach Bed and Breakfasts or Solana Beach California Hotels. According to Hunnefeld, there are virtually unlimited of excellent accomodations in the North County San Diego area near the beach.