Solana Beach

Whether it’s inland or ocean, Solana Beach has something for you. Attend live local music events, tour the charming cafés and breweries, or enjoy yourself out on the beach. Go surfing, paddle boarding, or watch the water for friendly dolphins! Come and make some treasured memories with the entire family.
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Music, Beaches & Great Food in Solana Beach

Solana Beach is a Great Place to ExploreKid Digging in the Sand at Seascape Beach

When it comes to desirable places to live and visit in California, Solana Beach sits atop many people’s lists, and for good reason. This suburb and beach town in North County San Diego offers a vital mix of interesting activities, from enjoying the sunshine to walking on hiking trails to visiting art galleries and to partaking in the nightlife.

As a coastal city, the San Diego beaches are a big draw for sun seekers and for those looking to spend some time on the Pacific Ocean. Location is a big part of the attraction, as Solana Beach is just south of Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Moonlight State Beach, and just north of Del Mar, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, La Jolla Cove and San Diego itself.

For visitors, a wide choice of accommodations is available in Solana Beach and neighboring Del Mar, as well as a nearly endless list of activities to choose from. All of this comes without straying too far from the boundaries of the suburb. The area has a reputation for a laid-back, casual personality, bursting with live music venues, craft beer establishments and innovative design elements. A number of beaches are just minutes away.

A typical day might be spent at the beach and swimming, and then heading to happy hour at a distinctive tavern with friends. When you consider the wider possibilities of San Diego County, and the iconic events and locations in downtown San Diego, then tourists and visitors truly have the world at their fingertips.

Located in the heart of Solana just north of the Design District is the Amtrak Train Station. This station is a great way to connect to San Diego in the south and to Los Angeles in the north. The train station is in the perfect location whether you are looking to hit the beach, grab a beer and pizza at Pizza Port or go to a live music show at the Belly Up Tavern. Be sure to utilize this convenience while visiting Solana Beach.

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Groove to the music on the beach or watch for dolphins! Tour local breweries, visit sidewalk cafés, go paddle boarding & hike or walk through the many parks.

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Things to Do

Beach Volleyball
Beach Volleyball
Paddle Boarding
Paddle Boarding
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Picnic Tables
Skateboarding
Skateboarding
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Sunbathing
Surfing
Surfing
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Swimming

Best Places to Visit the Ocean in Solana Beach

It’s certainly not surprising that many people come to this area for the beaches. The warm climate of southern California and the proximity to the Pacific Ocean encourage beach activities. Just as importantly, a number of fine beaches exist up and down the coast near Solana Beach so it isn’t hard to find a beach in the immediate area. What is the best beach park in the area? That likely depends upon the personal choice of each visitor.

Seascape Beach

This beautiful beach is backed by bluffs and has a large set of stairs to access the beach. Surfing is popular at Seascape Beach, but so are plenty of other water activities. The beach is wide and sandy, so visitors enjoy walking, jogging, sunbathing and playing volleyball in addition to swimming. Bluffs overlook the beach, making for a picturesque spot.

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Looking for a secluded beach?
Seascape Beach is a favorite beach of ours for its beauty, seclusion and surf.

Fletcher Cove Beach Park

The main beach park of Solana Beach, Fletcher Cove was once a WWII gunnery site, but now it is used for more peaceful pursuits. It provides easy access, public parking and year-round lifeguards to watch over swimmers and surfers enjoying the Pacific Ocean. Public showers, restrooms and picnic tables are available for visitors.

Tide Beach Park

This beach close to Solana Beach is known for its tide pools and excellent snorkeling opportunities. It does not offer restrooms, but it has free street parking and public showers.

Top Hikes Near Solana Beach

With just about perfect weather year-round—not too hot, not too cold—San Diego County is a great place to hike. One option is always beach walking in the morning or in the evening to catch the sunset. Other places allow hikers to explore some of the interesting landscapes of the area. Hikers should always wear sun protection and bring plenty of water. Here are some nice places to explore.

Annie’s Canyon Trail

This relatively easy, 1.4 mile hike takes hikers into a slot canyon where narrow sandstone walls rise up and surround walkers. The hike also provides panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. Parts of the hike are strenuous with both ladder-style stairs and wooden plank stairs and some scrambling is involved. Parking is available on the street. The hike is located at the Rios Avenue Trailhead.

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

This hiking area allows people to explore the Annie’s Canyon Trail a bit further and to reach other areas of the reserve. A three to four mile trail follows the edge of the salt lagoon, offering views of the water. The landscape varies from flat and desert-like to scrub forest and prairie. Parking is available at a number of locations and there is a visitor center with some facilities and interpretive exhibits.

The River Trail in Del Mar

The San Dieguito River Park is the location of a trail system that follows the San Dieguito River and offers access to marshlands and open prairie. The hike is a good place for birdwatching, as a number of species such as great blue herons can be seen along the waters of the river and of the lagoons. The trail distance is about 2.8 miles and leashed dogs are allowed, but bikes can only go as far as the boardwalk. There is no charge for the hike which has sections of boardwalk and gravel roads.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

This is one of the best-known hiking areas in San Diego County. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve was first preserved in 1899 and has been expanded to provide hiking, recreation and protected habitat for plants and animals. The rare Torrey pine tree grows in this area. The primary purpose of the over 1500 acres of the reserve is to protect habitat for endangered species, so special rules apply, and the area is off-limits to dogs. Hikers are rewarded with expansive views of the Pacific Ocean, miles of beach and proximity to coastal lagoons favored by shorebirds.

Iron Mountain Trail

This area near Poway delivers 5.8 miles of moderate to difficult trail, making it a solid destination for those looking for a relatively long hike. It starts out fairly easy, with a level surface, but then begins to climb into the mountains, eventually providing panoramic views. The trail is exposed, without shade, and a small parking area is located along Highway 67 and Poway Road.

The Cedar Creek Falls Trail

This 4.2 mile trail leads to a spectacular and notorious swimming hole, known as the Devil’s Punchbowl. High cliffs surround the water hole, and a large waterfall flows off the cliffs into the pool below. Hikers should exercise caution, though, as over the years a number of deaths have occurred from people jumping off the cliffs into the Devil’s Punchbowl. Parts of the hike are strenuous, especially the climb back up from the water.

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Art Galleries Around Solana Beach

The gallery scene in Solana Beach is worth checking out, as the area is known for a variety of places that sell fine art, photography, jewelry and other works of artists. Several galleries are located right in Solana Beach is what is known as the Design District, while many others are spread up and down the coastline, into Del Mar, La Jolla and Encinitas, and downtown San Diego offers an abundance of art choices for discriminating buyers and shoppers. The art scene in San Diego also includes several fine museums.

The Aaron Chang Ocean Art Gallery

This gallery is located right on Highway 101 and focuses on surf and ocean photography. Large format prints capture the movements of ocean waves, surfers in action and images of exotic travel, as well as surfboard art and creative sculptures. This iconic gallery has been voted best art gallery in Solana Beach multiple times.

Ocean Art by Koniakowsky

This gallery located in the Cedros Plaza in Solana Beach features the paintings of Art Koniakowsky, who specializes in ocean scenes from California, Hawaii and Indonesia. His paintings capture the beauty of the ocean in all of its varied moods, as well as the adventures of surfers taking on the big waves. Vibrant colors and dramatic lighting are the hallmarks of many of his works.

The Exclusive Collections Gallery

This Solana Beach Art Gallery features limited editions of works by Dr. Suess. The famous author of children’s books lived in the La Jolla area for many years and created many of his distinctive works nearby.

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Winners Circle Resort
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Relax and recharge when you are a guest at Winners Circle Resort. Located in Solana Beach, this stellar resort offers you relaxation with a laid-back atmosphere.
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Amazing Sunsets
Amazing Sunsets
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Cafes
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Parks
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Trolley Stop
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Walkable

Music and Nightlife in Solana Beach

The casual vibe of a beach town is a great place to listen to live music. Both local performers and big names perform throughout Solana Beach at a number of venues that take advantage of the pleasant weather in the evenings. Look for top acts in taverns throughout the area, where visitors can find country music, rock, bluegrass, jazz and more.

The Belly Up Tavern is famous for its live shows and offers a lively scene of dancing and Happy Hour drinks. Crush Solana Beach is another venue in town known for live music. The specialty here is acoustic music. Just up the road, towards Encinitas, is the Kraken Bar, a casual place that frequently offers live music. Variety is the word here, as the venue brings in an eclectic mix of performers.

Visitors to Solana Beach and San Diego have a lot of options when it comes to entertainment and enjoyment. The beach scene includes many possible beaches to explore, while the hiking in the area provides both challenging and easy hikes that take advantage of the natural beauty of southern California.

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