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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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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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San Diego Dog Beaches and Off Leash Dog Parks

Places to play fetch or doggy-paddle

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San Diego Restaurant Week

Jan 21 - Jan 28, 2018

The 14th Annual San Diego Restaurant Week returns Sunday, January 21st through Sunday, January 28th with a FEAST for the senses at over 180 participating restaurants. Dine deliciously at restaurants offering prix-fixe menu options throughout San Diego County. This foodie-favorited week is the perfect time to take a culinary tour throughout the diverse and thriving food culture of San Diego.

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2018 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

Jan 14, 2018

The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon course goes through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway.

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Running of the Turkeys 10K Trail Run

Nov 23, 2017

The Running of the Turkeys 10k Trail Run will take you through rolling hills of Penasquitos Canyon on wide dirt trails with a fun little water crossing.

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San Diego Pet Expo

Feb 17 - Feb 18, 2018

The San Diego Pet Expo is a woofing, chirping and meowing good time for the whole family! Four-legged friends can receive "spa treatments" from local groomers, sample delicious treats and try on the latest in furry fashions; their humans will enjoy interacting with top trainers and learning pet-care tips from animal welfare organizations.

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Historic Highway 101

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Shopping at Cedros Design District

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San Diego Dog Beaches and Off Leash Dog Parks

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San Diego Restaurant Week

Jan 21 - Jan 28, 2018
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2018 Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon

Jan 14, 2018
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Running of the Turkeys 10K Trail Run

Nov 23, 2017
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San Diego Pet Expo

Feb 17 - Feb 18, 2018
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Pet Friendly Package at the Bristol Hotel

Bristol Hotel
Valid: Mar 6 - ongoing

The Bristol is a pet friendly hotel in San Diego where you and your pet will feel right at home.

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12 Days of Bliss at Spa Aquazul

Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
Valid: Nov 24 - Dec 5, 2017

Join us at Spa Aquazul from November 24 – December 5 for 12 Days of Bliss! Bring in an unwrapped new toy for The USO San Diego's Giving Tree and get a 50-minute massage for only $89! ...

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Camping Discount Code

Lake Jennings
Valid: Feb 14 - ongoing

10% off any camping reservation at Lake Jennings.

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