arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up play-button plus tab-indicator dots close menu search facebook google-plus instagram pinterest rss twitter youtube rss-two heart Check FeaturedBadge linkedin minus apps placeholder linkedin
Welcome to

North Coastal

Unique seaside villages with a quintessential SoCal surf vibe

Photo By Aaron Chang

Immerse yourself in a laid-back, Southern California lifestyle

Anchored by historic Highway 101, this stretch of California coastline has some of the best surfing anywhere in the world and a laid-back, SoCal vibe all its own. Here you'll find plenty of dining options and shopping opportunities including the Cedros Avenue Design District, the Carlsbad Premium Outlets, several upscale malls and unique, local boutiques. North County has everything from five-star fare at Addison to authentic traditional Mexican food, along with craft brew tasting rooms, urban wineries, and seaside watering holes. If you're looking for outdoor adventures in San Diego, the north region has plenty. From hiking and horseback riding in Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve and stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking in Carlsbad Lagoon, to biking along the coast, or sport fishing, whale watching or surfing, from La Jolla to Oceanside outdoor enthusiasts are sure to be entertained.

North Coastal Attractions

The North County Coastal region is also home to some of San Diego's top attractions, including LEGOLAND California, SeaLife Aquarium and Legoland Water Park, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad, and the Del Mar Fairgrounds, host to the Del Mar Fair from mid-June to early July, followed by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Racing season. There's also the San Diego Botanic Garden for a look at native flora and fauna. At the Eastern border of North County, you'll find the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Las Vegas style Indian Casino Gaming and plenty of great wineries and local breweries.

Golf

San Diego's North County Coastal and Inland regions are also a paradise for golfers, with over 40 diverse courses to choose from. Graced by cooling breezes from the Pacific Ocean, the Arnold Palmer-designed Park Hyatt Aviara and Tom Fazio-designed Fairmont Grand Del Mar golf courses are uniquely sculpted around the natural landscapes and native vegetation.

What's Nearby

A stay in San Diego's North region puts you just an hour from Disneyland, yet still close to Downtown San Diego where the museums of Balboa Park, the San Diego Zoo, Gaslamp Quarter and SeaWorld San Diego are easy to reach.

Play San Diego: North Coastal

Find a place to stay

Book online or call 1-800-350-6205 to speak with a local expert

Getting to North Coastal

North Coastal San Diego stretches for miles along the Pacific Ocean and features a collection of beach towns.  North of La Jolla, the area is easily accessed from the I-5 freeway and historic California Highway 101.  Drive time and distance from the airport varies with the least being La Jolla at 14 miles and an average drive time of 20 minutes to Oceanside at 40 miles with an average drive time of one hour. The area is well serviced by the bus, Amtrak and the Pacific Surf line train.    

Discover North Coastal

What's Hot|
What's On|

Historic Highway 101

Linking a string of charming beach communities from Oceanside to La Jolla, Historic Highway 101 hugs the Pacific Ocean as it provides a connection to the simpler, quieter lifestyle of the past.

Discover

San Diego Dog Beaches and Off Leash Dog Parks

Places to play fetch or doggy-paddle

Discover

Shopping at Cedros Design District

Whether you're visiting San Diego or reside here, this dynamic city has many neighborhood shopping blocks that you do not want to miss.

Discover

7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego

Dive into these 7 big, bright water-related San Diego adventures

Discover

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

Apr 28, 2019

The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America's most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. The course then rolls atop Torrey Pines mesa, continues down through residential La Jolla Shores, and finishes at La Jolla Cove.

For those interested in a shorter option, the La Jolla Shores 5K offers a mostly downhill course and features some of the most scenic views of the last 3.1 miles of the half marathon course.

 
Discover

The Flower Fields

Mar 1 - May 12, 2019

For more than sixty years, Mother Nature has transformed the rolling hills of North San Diego County into one of the most spectacular and coordinated displays of natural color and beauty anywhere in the world. The nearly fifty acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers that make up the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch in Carlsbad, California, are in bloom for approximately six to eight weeks each year - from early March through early May - literally bringing the famous fields back to life. This annual burst of color, which has become part of the area’s local heritage, also is one of nature’s official ways of announcing the arrival of spring here in Southern California.

Discover

2019 San Diego County Fair

May 31 - Jul 4, 2019

The 2019 San Diego County Fair, presented by Albertsons|Vons, invites guests to skip down the yellow brick road and enter into an “Oz-some” world inspired by L. Frank Baum’s classic tale, “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.”

Visitors will journey to the Emerald City, meeting magical new friends along the way. Channel your inner courage in our whirlwind of carnival rides. Expand your brain by immersing yourself in creative and educational exhibits. Warm your heart creating new memories with your friends and family. With all of the adventures you’ll encounter, you’ll discover, “There’s no place like the Fair.”

Discover

Del Mar Racing Season

Jul 17 - Sep 2, 2019

San Diego horse racing takes place where the "turf meets the surf" at the Del Mar Racetrack. Fans flock to the track each summer to wager on their favorite horses during the popular, annual Del Mar Thoroughbred Club racing season, mid-July - early-September. Be part of the magic and nostalgia of this long-time horse race tradition dating back to 1937 when Bing Crosby greeted the first guests, and Seabiscuit won by a nose in the infamous race in 1938. This season features the nation's top race horses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.

The races run five days weekly, except Monday and Tuesday.

Horse racing at Del Mar happens Wednesday through Sunday, with post time for the first race on most days at 2:00 PM. On Fridays first post is 4:00 PM.

Discover

What's Hot

View All

Historic Highway 101

Discover

San Diego Dog Beaches and Off Leash Dog Parks

Discover

Shopping at Cedros Design District

Discover

7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego

Discover

What's On

View All

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

Apr 28, 2019
Discover

The Flower Fields

Mar 1 - May 12, 2019
Discover

2019 San Diego County Fair

May 31 - Jul 4, 2019
Discover

Del Mar Racing Season

Jul 17 - Sep 2, 2019
Discover

North Coastal on Instagram

 

Deals just for you

Accommodation

Spring It On

Kona Kai Resort & Spa
Valid: Feb 22 - Apr 30, 2019

This package provides all you need for a fun and easy getaway for the whole family. Spring break planning has never been so stress-free! Breakfast credit for 4 $100 adventure credit to enjoy all the...

Accommodation

Resort Suites - Save 15% Off Your Next Stay!

Inn at the Park
Valid: Jan 25 - ongoing

Plan your next getaway with Wyndham® Extra Holidays and save! Call 1-800- 989-6901 and mention code AFFIL to book your next trip now!

Activity

Grand Spa Getaway

Fairmont Grand Del Mar
Valid: Jan 17 - ongoing

Experience San Diego's only Five-Star spa with a relaxing getaway for one or two.  Package Includes: Luxury overnight accommodations Two 60-minute spa treatments (choice of Therapeutic...

Related Articles and Features

Explore theNeighborhood

Where to Stay

Areas of Interest

Stay in touch

Sign up to receive the latest news, events, and updates about San Diego. Our monthly and weekly newsletters will keep you informed about the latest and greatest happenings in the destination.

Sign Up

Visitor planning guide

For the ultimate guide to planning your San Diego vacation, view and download the San Diego Visitor Planning Guide, packed with useful information that will help you plan the perfect San Diego getaway.

Read More

Explore

Plan

Stay

Follow Us

Language:

English | Change Language

Select your country or region

China FlagChinaGermany FlagGermanyGreat Britain FlagGreat BritainJapan FlagJapanMexico FlagMexicoKorea FlagKoreaSwitzerland FlagSwitzerlandBrazil FlagBrazilFrance FlagFranceAustralia FlagAustraliaCanada FlagCanada USA

Or use Google Translate

Afrikaans Albanian Arabic Belarusian Bulgarian Catalan Croatian Czech Danish Deutsch Español Estonian Filipino Finnish Francais Galician Greek Haitian-Creole Hebrew Hindi Hungarian Icelandic Indonesian Irish Italian Japanese Korean Latvian Lithuanian Macedonian Malay Maltese Nederlands Norwegian Persian Polish Portuguese Romanian Russian Serbian Slovak Slovenian Swahili Swedish Telugu Thai Turkish Ukranian Vietnamese Welsh Yiddish