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North County Coastal

Stretching from La Jolla to Oceanside along historic Highway 101, North County Coastal is a collection of unique seaside villages with a quintessential Southern California surf vibe. This area is also home to LEGOLAND California and the SeaLife Aquarium and LEGOLAND Waterpark.

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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. 

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. 

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. 

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.


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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San Diego Beer Week

Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2016

San Diego Beer Week is a ten-day celebration inspiring people to drink local beer and promoting San Diego's brewing culture with events across the county.


Del Mar Bing Crosby Season

Nov 11 - Dec 4, 2016

Old Hollywood style meets classic Southern California cool this November at Del Mar with four weeks of elite Thoroughbred racing, fresh events and musical performances to keep the good times rolling.


Dia de los Muertos, Oceanside

Oct 30, 2016

Dia de los Muertos, or "Day of the Dead," is an all-day community event with diverse cultural traditions, remembering and honoring deceased loved ones.


Live Jazz Music

Sep 15 - ongoing

Free live jazz music every Friday & Saturday for live jazz music. A great time to sit back and relax listening to great local jazz artists.


O'side Turkey Trot

Nov 24, 2016

The Pacific Marine Credit Union O'side Turkey Trot has become a North County tradition that gives participants a chance to "move their feet before they eat" on a holiday noted for food.


Encinitas Holiday Parade

Dec 3, 2016

Thousands of people will be on floats and in bands with tens of thousands more cheering them on as the Encinitas Holiday Parade rolls along Coast Highway 101.


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Parks & Gardens

Kids Go Free to the San Diego Botanic Garden

San Diego Botanic Garden
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

Children 12 and under receive free entry with the paid admission of at least one accompanying adult the San Diego Botanic Garden. Valid for 2 children per paid adult.


Kids Go Free to the LUX Art Institute

Lux Art Institute
Valid: Oct 1 - Oct 31, 2016

Children 12/under receive free entry with paid admission of one adult with coupon at Valid for 2 children/paid adult. Does not apply on field trips, special exhibits/events. Cannot be combined with other offer/coupon.


$5 Off: The Scream Zone "Triple Haunt" Ticket

Del Mar Fairgrounds 22nd DAA
Valid: Aug 26 - Oct 31, 2016

The Scream Zone's "Triple Haunt" combo ticket includes admission to all three on-site attractions: The House of Horror, The Haunted Hayride and KarnEvil!

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