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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

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

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The Flower Fields

Mar 15 - May 9, 2021

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.

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Fern Street Circus

Apr 17, 2021

Fern Street Circus, San Diego’s original social circus: performance and education for community benefit.

Our professional troupe brings together San Diego’s finest circus, variety, and musical artists, working in collaboration with locally known visual artists who create a magical performance space.

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Oceanside Adventures Whale and Dolphin Tours

Jan 19 - ongoing

Join us for an awe-inspiring dolphin and whale watching adventure in Oceanside! Our cruises are great for families, couples, private parties, and corporate events. Our adventures are perfect for anyone and everyone who loves the ocean and wildlife. Limited passenger load to allow for social distancing. Great views from all areas as our 50 ft luxury catamaran is designed specifically for whale watching. We are located near the historic Oceanside Harbor Lighthouse and within minutes are out of the harbor on our way to an exciting adventure. Our Captain will narrate thoroughout the cruise with interesting information regarding the sights you will see and our crew members are close by to answer your questions.

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RelayPlay Personalized Experiences

Feb 18 - ongoing

Finding “things to do” is tough and sorting through a thousand events can be maddening! Every week our local experts personalize your TOP FIVE can’t miss Weekend Experiences, so you can maximize your time away from work.  Sign Up for Free at RelayPlay.com

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Historic Highway 101

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The Flower Fields

Mar 15 - May 9, 2021
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Fern Street Circus

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Oceanside Adventures Whale and Dolphin Tours

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The Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
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Bring the kids to downtown San Diego and enjoy a 25-percent discount on a second hotel room (connecting room, if available!). Plus kids 12 and under eat free with adults! From now to December 1,...

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Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
Valid: Jan 12, 2021 - ongoing

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