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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

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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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Beyond Van Gogh

Jan 14 - Mar 6, 2022

Immerse yourself in Van Gogh's artwork like you've never seen it before. Beyond Van Gogh: An Immersive Experience will be in San Diego at the Wyland Center at Del Mar Fairgrounds for a limited engagement.

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'Seeing the Invisible' Augmented Reality Art Show

Sep 28, 2021 - ongoing

San Diego Botanic Garden in Encinitas premieres the most ambitious and expansive exhibition to date of contemporary artworks created with augmented reality (AR) technology. Seeing the Invisible features works by 13 international artists: Ai Weiwei, Sarah Meyohas, Daito Manabe, El Anatsui, Sigalit Landau, Timur Si-Qin, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Pamela Rosenkranz, Meg O'Callaghan, Refik Anadol, Isaac Julien CBE, Mohammed Kazem, and Ori Gerscht.

Visitors can view the exhibition only through Seeing the Invisible app, which is available for download to smartphones and tablets in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store. Wi-Fi is limited at the Garden, so please download the app prior to your arrival at the Garden! The app will display AR works only upon entrance to San Diego Botanic Garden.

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Botanic Wonderland

Dec 4 - Dec 30, 2021

Botanic Wonderland is an outdoor holiday lighting experience, where visitors can safely stroll amidst festive holiday lights throughout various areas within San Diego Botanic Garden’s 37 acres. The Garden is following all COVID-19 government guidance. Face masks and reservations required for entry. 

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Encinitas Holiday Parade

Dec 4, 2021

For the 64th year, Encinitas will kick off the holiday season at the 2021 Encinitas Holiday Parade on Saturday, December 4.  Participants be on floats, on foot, in cars, and marching in bands while spectators cheers them along the Parade route along Coast Highway 101.  Many of our nearly 100 parade entries aim to win a prize in one of the Parade’s judged categories for lights, creativity, performance, music, spirit and overall impression. 

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Historic Highway 101

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Beyond Van Gogh

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Botanic Wonderland

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Encinitas Holiday Parade

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