Things to See and Do at Fletcher Cove
Not surprisingly, life at Pillbox tends to revolve around the water. Here are some must-try experiences at Fletcher Cove Beach:
For years, Pillbox was one of the best-kept secrets for laid-back surfing. These days, the beach has a small but loyal following that keeps tabs on the morning weather forecast. As a beach break, Pillbox has constantly shifting swells that go from barely noticeable to satisfyingly huge.
One thing that’s great about the beach is the excellent crest profile even at minimal wave height. Hollow waves are a regular sight, and swells can reach as much as 10 feet. Patience can pay off big time with great waves.
Few things are as incredible as bodyboarding on the Pacific Ocean, and Fletcher Cove gives you a gorgeous backdrop for it. Waves break a short distance from shore, so you don’t have to paddle much to reach them. Pros can pull off tricks and enthusiasts can slither on the crashing surf.
Come with the Family
Fletcher Cove Beach not only is a pretty beach but it has a grassy area above the beach with a playground, basketball court & bathrooms.
The easy road access at Fletcher Cove makes this one of the best places to park a vehicle and launch your kayak. From Pillbox, you can paddle north to explore magnificent bluffs, reefs and the San Elijo Lagoon. A short trip south takes you to the river mouth of the San Dieguito River and San Dieguito Lagoon, or you can kayak about 5 miles to see Torrey Pines State Reserve like never before.
At high tide, Fletcher Cove has a small stretch of sand where you can spread out a beach towel and listen to the crashing waves. Close your eyes, soak in the sun’s rays or read a book.
Tide Beach Park
When the tide is low, head a short distance north from Pillbox to Tide Beach Park. Observe neon sea anemones, barnacles, starfish, purple urchins, crabs and other sea creatures in the small pools. This area has a large reef to explore as well.
Fiesta del Sol is a two-day annual music festival that brings Fletcher Cove to life with hip music, tasty food and colorful crafts. Dance in the summer sun with rock and reggae, or vote for your favorite sounds during an awesome battle of the bands.
Fletcher Cove is also the starting and finishing leg of the Solana Beach Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike. If you want to show off your fantastic body, and experience Highway 101 from a unique perspective, plan to be at Fletcher Cove Beach near the end of July.