Solana Beach in northern San Diego County
features an arts district (Cedros), a commuter train (Coaster), Belly Up
Tavern, beaches, surfing, farmer's markets and fun.
Solana Beach is all
about beach diversions. It's a small city with really less than two
miles of oceanfront to its name. And even at that, there are times of
day during high tides when access can be a bit of a challenge. But with
several beach rolled into one tidy city, be sure to check out its beach
Del Mar Shores,
SeaScape Surf, and
Tide Beach Park.
Now here's a perspective on Solana Beach that we think
Solana Beach - On The Sunny Side of the Streett
writer Dorothy Fields wrote the lyrics to, SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET,
over 70 years ago, she easily could have been describing a place that
got our toes tapping recently. Solana or "Sunny" Beach, a small city in
north San Diego County stretches along historic Highway 101 on cliffs
above the blue Pacific. Who can wear a frown when the signs as you enter
town feature sunny faces? The benefits of sunshine reportedly
include a healthier body and mind.
your coat, and get your hat - Leave your worries on the doorstep
Just direct your feet - To the sunny side of the street
Cant you hear the pitter pat? - And that happy tune is your step
Life can be so sweet - on the sunny side of the street
I used to walk in the shade - With those blues on parade
But i'm not afraid - The Rover crossed over
If I never have
a cent - I'll be as rich as Rockefeller
Gold dust at my feet - On the sunny side of the street
-By Dorothy Fields
words to this song, you seldom need a coat and hat in Solana Beach.
Enjoying some of the mildest climate in the United States, this highly
desirable location is pleasant all year long and makes for a great place
to visit, any time.
Located in Northern San Diego County approximately 22 miles from the
City of San Diego on the coast is the picturesque seaside city of Solana
Beach. With two miles of pristine coastline, majestic bluffs and
secluded coves, it is an ideal spot to reside or visit, if you like.
Tucked between Encinitas and Del Mar in San Diego County, the Pacific
Ocean is on the west, golf course-country club on east, lagoon regional
park on north, and Del Mar Racetrack on the south. Solana translates to
"sunny." Solana Beach starts at the Pacific Ocean, rises
into hills, then levels off. Interstate 5 running north-south, divides
the city. It's an upscale beach community offering homes with
ocean and golf course views.
nice about Solana Beach is its public transportation system. At the
Solana Beach station, you can hop on the Coaster train and visit
California's second largest city with a one-way ticket costing around
$5. Or stay in "North County" and explore the beaches, shops, local
theatre, restaurants, dance clubs and the special events held at Del Mar
fairgrounds. Southern Californians who raise their families on doses of
Sea World and San Diego Zoo eventually seek new places to explore when
the kids protest and say, "No more," after the happiest places become
predictable. Solana Beach provides an alternate day trip, weekend
getaway or extended stay with its access to San Diego via Amtrak and
Coaster trains. For information on taking this wonderful mode of
transportation into Solana Beach, visit www.sdcommute.com or call
historic Solana Beach Amtrak station where a bright, red double decker
bus that can be seen making its clockwork rounds to the Del Mar race
track just a five minute ride away, to Fletcher Park with its cement
path that drops to a thin strip of beach eroded by the sands of time and
accessible mostly during low tide, the beauty of this city is its mix of
old and new. Interspersed with the stores that form Cedros Design
District are cafes and restaurants, plus a very popular night club
called Belly Up Tavern, with live music that ranges from blues to rock,
jazz to hip hop. A dedicated crowd frequents this large bar with a dance
floor where people swing to the music all hours of the day. A special
event was going on, the afternoon we passed by and dozens of couples
boogied on the dance floor, on a week day, no less! While Solana Beach
is a popular spot for retired folks, you'll also see kids and a fair
share of what one local called "trophy babes". The description or
profile of this type of individual is a person who does not work, per
se, but spends much time on things that make him or her (usually her),
look good such as plastic surgery, body training and sunbathing.
and neighboring Del Mar (where the Surf meets the Turf) have a long and
rich history of beautiful people. Del Mar racing and the Turf Club
were the brain child of Bing Crosby, who entertained his friends by
having them travel from Los Angeles to enjoy diversions such as
thoroughbred racing and partying. So popular is the annual race season
in Del Mar, that wealthy people from around the world pay handsome
prices to live in condos sitting up on a hill overlooking the track.
Most visitors stay at hotels in Solana Beach and Del Mar where prices
are affordable. There are several nice Solana Beach hotels with our
favorite being Courtyard by Marriott. Hotels
can be at capacity on special event weekends during the San Diego Fair
and the race season but most of the time, rooms are available and
winter rates are offered at some properties.
Getting to Solana Beach -
Take Interstate 5 to Plaza Street in Solana Beach and head west.
Included in the list of Solana Beach Parks are: Fletcher Cove, 111
S. Sierra Ave., Tide Park Beach, 302 Solana Vista Dr.,
Seascape Surf, 501 S. Sierra Ave. and Del mar Shores Terrace, 180
Del Mar Shores Terrace. Waves hit directly against the bluffs on some
beaches and are breathtaking to watch. Fletcher Cove at the foot
of Plaza has a small park overlooking the water and an outlook further
down next to the water. Fletcher Cove includes a free public parking
lot, restrooms and a basketball court. The beach area is surrounded by
attractive and quiet residential streets.
Solana Beach is a bustling community with a library, great schools, shops
and restaurants, nearby Del Mar fairgrounds and racetrack and and its
own newspaper. There's Solana Beach Coaster station and the trendy
Cedros Design Center located off Highway 101 or Coast Highway.
and Information Guide and 'Relocation Package are available
through the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce for a fee. The
Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce, 210 West Plaza Street, Solana Beach CA
92075. Internet: www.solanabeach.com
Approximately 14,360 Area: Approximately 4 square miles
Annual Average Temperature: (high) 70.8° Annual Average
Water Temperature: 69°
shoreline and beaches have eroded over a period of time, leaving thin
stretches of sand (at low tide) wedged between waves and towering
bluffs. There are three access points to the shore.
Park at Lomas Santa Fe Drive has lifeguard service but not much sand.
The picturesque cove can be inaccessible at high tide. Off the beach,
Fletcher Cove has volleyball, shuffleboard, basketball, showers, picnic
tables and free public parking. The Coaster station is three blocks
away. Lomas Santa Fe Drive ends practically at the water's edge.
Beach Park north of Fletcher's can be reached via stairs at
Pacific Avenue and Solana Vista Drive. There's surfing and a
reef and tide pools for snorkeling . It has lifeguards and free
parking is available on the streets.
Shores is located a few blocks south of Fletcher's between condos at the
500 and 700 blocks of South Sierra Avenue. It offers beach access with
free street parking. Beaches are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Del Mar <
Solana Beach > Encinitas
Visitor Center 103 North Cedros Ave. Solana Beach
Area: 4 sq.mi.