A day in Solana Beach

If you are traveling in Southern California or if you are in San Diego County for another reason, Solana Beach is a great alternative to some of the busier beach towns like Encinitas or Oceanside. We stayed here for 5 days and I’d like to share a perfect day in Solana Beach with you.

First, check out downtown, walk up and down South Cedros Avenue and grab a delicious coffee and a bite at Solana Beach Café/Lofty Coffee company.

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The Cedros Avenue Design District offers a wide variety of Art & Photography galleries, apparel, jewelry, home & décor  stores and some restaurants. I particularly loved  “Leaping Lotus” which has over 120 merchants under its roof and where you can peruse for hours and find lots of original things.

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Walking down this street you can also find some cool Art pieces: mosaics,  sculptures, Art utility boxes, Art on the street and so on.

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Second, walk Annie’s Canyon Trail. It is a very short and fun hike for the whole family.

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Even though they call it moderate it strenuous, it is really not. You should be able to climb a bit though. Looking at the pictures you’ll see what I mean. If you have kids 4 or 5-years and up, this is really fun! And you can take great shots. There are two trailheads. We rode our bikes to the Solana Hills Road trailhead, where the ride up to the start of the trail was already pretty steep. Besides, the beginning of the trail goes along I-5 which is not particularly romantic.

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Way easier and definitely the prettier way is to start from North Rios Ave trailhead. The distance to the trail is the same (0.6 miles but from the lagoon it’s pretty much flat). The Canyon trail itself is only a quarter mile with a great lookout.

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Third, go to the beach!

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We stayed across the street from the Tide Park Beach stairs and it was the perfect location. It is way less crowded than Fletcher Cove. At low tide you can walk all the way down to Del Mar and probably up until Moonlight Beach in Leucadia if you’re up for a 5 miler.

The perfect roundup of this day is to watch the sunset.

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This post is linked up with Jo’s Monday walks.

walking-logo     You can check out her beautiful rambles here.

 

And this post is a part of a series called NaBloPoMo 2016 hosted by BlogHer. NaBloPoMo is short for National Blog Posting Month and it challenges writers and creatives to post on their blogs once a day (at least) for the month of November. You can find all my posts on my blogher page, too. Stay tuned!

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