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North Coastal

Unique seaside villages with a quintessential SoCal surf vibe

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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.

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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.    

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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.

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San Diego Dog Beaches and Off Leash Dog Parks

Places to play fetch or doggy-paddle

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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.

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7 Ways to Make a Splash in San Diego

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HOME*GROWN*FUN

Jun 11 - Jul 4, 2021

Oh, how we missed you last year!

We just couldn't let another summer come and go without celebrating San Diego and all of the wonderful food & agriculture, arts & talent, business & innovation, and all-around FUN of our community.

So while we're still masked up and six-feet apart, we're rolling up our sleeves and getting back to our roots for HOME*GROWN*FUN, presented by the San Diego County Fair.

Smaller in scale than the fair and limited in attendance, HOME*GROWN*FUN will offer a taste of your fair favorites–including shopping, food concessionaires, a Ferris wheel and carousel, agricultural-themed exhibits, demonstrations, contests and "edu-tainment" designed to educate and delight families looking to get outside for some real-life, in-person and down-home fun.

Let's get growing again, San Diego!

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Del Mar Racing Season

Jul 16 - Sep 6, 2021

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 Racetrack 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 racehorses, trainers and jockeys, and plenty of fun in the sun.

 

Friday, July 16 - Labor Day, September 6, 2021

Racing Thursdays - Sunday, and Labor Day Monday.

First Post 2 PM most racing days, 4 PM on Fridays. 

 

*dates and times subject to change. Visit DelMarRacing.com for up to date information.

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Private Coastal Wine Tasting Tour

May 4 - ongoing

Cruise South along the San Diego coast in our private van to visit our three Carruth Cellars Tasting Rooms in Carlsbad, Solana Beach and Little Italy; enjoy an in-depth dive into Carruth Cellar's wine, winemaking practices, history and our communities!

$138 non-members | $110 for members
(Members, check your emails for the discount code)

Available for groups of 4-6. Includes a tasting flight and glass of wine (6 tastings + 1 glass), charcuterie board, wood fired pizza, transportation and private tour guide/wine educator. Receive an additional discount on any wine purchases made the day of your tour!

* Please note that tours start at our CARLSBAD VILLAGE Tasting Room! Coming from downtown? We recommend taking the coaster (our Tasting Room backs up to the Carlsbad Coaster Station) or an Uber to Carlsbad!

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PRIVATE SHUTTLED COASTAL GEMS TOUR

Jun 24, 2020 - ongoing

Breezy palm trees, captivating coastal vistas, postcard perfect cliffs, colorful beach umbrellas, hidden sea caves, picturesque ocean coves, crashing waves... Need we say more? This is the quintessential southern California beach and seascape tour you’ve always wanted to do. On this private tour, check out the affluent lifestyle of La Jolla with its Mediterranean architecture, unmatched coastline and delightful wildlife. Experience primo Southern California beach culture at a bustling three-mile boardwalk filled with skateboarders, runners, inline skaters, bikers, and sun worshippers as well as one of the top surfing spots on our 70 miles of picturesque coastline. Step back in time viewing Coronado’s charming beaches, elegant residences; and partake in other seaside surprises! 

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Jun 11 - Jul 4, 2021
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Jul 16 - Sep 6, 2021
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