Neighborhood Spotlight: North County Coastal

Discover San Diego’s Neighborhoods with our Summer Sweepstakes. Join us every week as we showcase the best in what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in some of San Diego’s unique neighborhoods. Be sure to check back for exciting insider tips, giveaways, and more! This week’s spotlight is on North County Coastal.

North County Coastal is made up of some of San Diego County’s most unique beach communities including Del Mar, Solana Beach and Encinitas. With a little bit of everything, visitors can spend the day surfing at some of the best spots in San Diego County, play 18 holes at Torrey Pines, home to the 2008 U.S. Open, and dine at San Diego’s only 5 star restaurant, Addison.

Del Mar

Del Mar: “Where the Surf Meets the Turf.” Just as Del Mar has its two faces—town and country; surf and turf – it also has two seasons – summer and the rest of the year. Summer is a lively, fast-paced, crowded time with the fair running from June through the beginning of July and then the Del Mar Race Season. Races run every day except Tuesdays with concerts on Saturdays and Sundays.

Solana Beach

Solana Beach: Known for its rocky cliffs, Solana Beach is a shoppers heaven. For original art, handmade furniture and other one-of-a-kind items, visit the South Cedros shopping district. After a day of shopping Cedros, be sure to hang around and check out the Belly Up Tavern, also on South Cedros Avenue, one of San Diego’s best live music venues.


Encinitas: The coolest thing about Encinitas isn’t the beach itself, but the pervasive beach culture. A child of the ’60s that grew up to become a real estate gold mine, Encinitas offers the best of both worlds: the refined tastes and civic responsibility that come with prosperity and the energy and vitality that come from free-spirited ideals and attitudes.

Discover North County Coastal for yourself with our “Enjoy the Grand Life in San Diego’s North County” sweepstakes. Unwind during a two-night stay at The Grand Del Mar, one of San Diego’s most exclusive luxury resorts. Discover the dramatic North County coastline by air on “The Unforgettable” scenic helicopter ride for two from Corporate Helicopters of San Diego.

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About Suzzanne

I love to buy books, but seldom actually finish one. I like african violets, my iPhone, and everything that smells like lavender.  I am seriously adverse to the cold and am known to bring a sweatshirt to the beach in the summer.  I have two kids – a boy whose 10 and a girl 12.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day?

It would start by having breakfast somewhere near the ocean – either Pannikin in Encinitas or Beach Grass Café in Solana Beach.  Then we would head to the beach hang out for a few hours, head home and then catch a concert in the park in Balboa Park.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

We love riding our bikes around town.  There are great places to ride in San Diego that kids can handle – Coronado Island, Point Loma or the boardwalk in Pacific Beach are just a few.

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

Depends on the day, a good burger and craft brew can really hit the spot, but I would probably end up ordering linguine and white wine.

Latest music purchases for my iPod player are…

Snow Patrol, O.A.R., Mike Moran, Eric Hutchinson

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5 thoughts on “Neighborhood Spotlight: North County Coastal

  1. My husband is a fireman & works in Del Mar. We would enjoy staying OVERNIGHT in Del Mar at The Grand Del Mar Resort and enjoying the beaches AND scenic helicopter ride!

  2. Having formerly lived in the Norht County for over 20 years I have visited so many spots along the coast and inland. I have to say one of my fav’s is Encinitas/Leucadia/Cardiff area. It so eptiomizes the beach lifestyle–relaxed, carefree and pleasant. In all those years I’ve never seen the coastline from the sky. Now that would be an adventure.

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