Solana Beach, CA

My husband and I recently spent a relaxing weekend in Solana Beach, California. I desperately needed this trip since I hadn’t been to the ocean side in about 12 weeks. The beach is my greatest form of therapy so I need to spend time among the waves every couple of months for spiritual, mental, and physical well-being. It was beautiful way to start a new year.

Solana Beach is a darling ocean side town about a half-hour drive from San Diego. The city lives up to its name with temperatures that average 62 degrees in the wintertime and 77 degrees in the summertime. The town is a low-key destination for those who are looking to enjoy the beach. Whether it’s swimming, yoga, surfing, volleyball, or relaxation, Solana offers 1.7 miles of coastline for any water-lover’s leisure. We stayed at the Courtyard by Marriott which is centrally located and gave us the best access to all that the town has to offer. We could walk anywhere!

Day 1: On our first day we packed green smoothies, water, and snacks for lunch and spent most of the day lounging or walking and talking along the coast. I did some yoga and watched the surfers ride the waves. I was tempted to take a surfing lesson but decided to chill instead. Next time, for sure!
Day 2: We had a vegan breakfast on the small patio at the cutest dive restaurant, Hide Away Cafe. The quaint café is tucked away just off of Highway 101. Then we spent the rest of the day exploring the town, including nearby areas such as Del Mar and San Diego.
Day 3: We hopped in and out of the coolest stores in the Design District on Cedros Avenue. In the district, there are blocks of eclectic shops, fashion boutiques, and great dining, and if you venture from this hot spot, you’ll also find your fair share of golfing, nightlife, hiking, and most importantly, biking. Solana Beach is definitely a bike friendly town, catering to the bike clubs who decorate Highway 101 from sun up to sun down.

One thing we were disappointed with was the hiking. We tried to trek Annie’s Canyon but the trails were closed for construction. We only wished that the town’s website was updated with accurate information. Other than that, we had a nice time!


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