Life in Solana Beach
A day in Solana Beach usually starts off with a cup of coffee at the Lofty Bean and a walk by Fletcher Cove. Temperatures average in the low 60’s in the winter and the high 70’s in the summer. Solana Beach is a beautiful coastal community and has an incredible small town feel unlike any other coastal community in San Diego County. You can catch lunch at the local fish house and watch the first post at the Del Mar Race Track several months out of the year. A good way to end the evening would be at the Carruth Cellars over a glass of wine or the Belly Up Tavern – a world class music venue.
About Solana Beach
There are close to 13,000 residents that cover the 3.624 square mile radius of the City of Solana Beach. Location-wise Solana Beach is north of Del Mar, west of Rancho Santa Fe, and south of Cardiff and Encinitas. It is also 30 minutes north of the heart of Downtown San Diego. There are many great community organizations, fantastic schools, incredible culture, and world-class beaches.
Many community civic events are held at the Fletcher Cove Community Center. An active and well-respected community outreach group is the Del Sol Lion’s Club. There are two Rotary Clubs in Solana Beach. The Eco Rotary Club Solana Beach and the Sunrise Del Mar-Solana Beach Rotary. Another fantastic business organization is the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce. The City of Solana Beach itself is very active in the community and well-known for sponsoring outstanding community events. A very special annual tradition is the yearly Christmas tree lighting event.
The schools in Solana Beach are top notch. According to Great Schools.org, Solana Beach schools rank a 9/10. Poway schools have drawn the most attention San Diego Countywide and the Poway Schools rank a 8/10. Encinitas Schools rank a 8/10. Cardiff schools are also known to have a phenomenal reputation and rank a 9/10. La Jolla schools rank a 9/10. Rancho Santa Fe schools and Del Mar schools rank the highest, a 10/10.
Life in Solana Beach
Off Cedros Avenue you will find the Solana Beach Design District. It is home to many incredible shops, local artists, restaurants, and arguably one of San Diego’s best music venues, the Belly Up. You can go beer tasting at the Culture Brewery or wine tasting at Carruth Cellars. If you’re craving a cup of Joe, you can have your choice between Peet’s Coffee, the Lofty Bean (coming soon), Java Depot, or the Solana Beach Coffee Company. There are also 2 Starbucks locations off Lomas Santa Fe, so coffee is not an issue. On Sundays you can swing by the Solana Beach Farmer’s Market between 1-5PM. There is usually live music, warm food, fresh produce, and friendly faces. If you are feeling a little more adventurous and want to leave town, you can walk down to the Solana Beach Amtrak or Coaster and take the train to Carlsbad Village, Encinitas, Downtown San Diego, or Old Town. The coaster is especially convenient for sporting events. The Coaster runs directly to and from San Diego Padres or San Diego Chargers games.
Solana Beach offers 1.7 miles of coastline to enjoy with friends, family, or your significant others. It is a popular spot for swimming and surfing. Fletcher Cove (also known to locals as Pillbox) is the most notable beach in Solana Beach. Surrounding this incredible beach is a beautiful park for children to play and a half court basketball court. Tide Park or Tide Beach Park is a more known to locals and less crowded. It is just minutes north of Fletcher Cove and located in the Solana Palisades community. If you’re looking to catch a good wave, Seascape is the spot. It is a sand-bottom beach and the most popular place to surf in Solana Beach. Del Mar Shores is in the final four Solana Beach beaches. It borders Del Mar and is less than 1 mile north of Del Mar’s very popular Del Mar dog beach, also known as North Beach.
For lodging there are several hotel options in Solana Beach. The Winners Circle Resort is off Via de La Valle and centrally located between Del Mar and Solana Beach. There is the Marriott Courtyard off Highway 101. Also off Highway 101 is the Holiday Inn Express and the Sand Pebbles Resort. There are other many other hotels in the surrounding areas, but this conclude all the hotels in the immediate Solana Beach area.
Solana Beach has some incredible dining. Claires on Cedros is the most popular breakfast spot. There are many other great spots to include: Naked Cafe, Hideaway Cafe, and T’s Cafe. A very popular place to catch lunch is the Solana Beach Fish House. Other good lunch restaurants in the area include The Fish Market, Red Tracton’s Steakhouse, Tony’s Jacal, Pizza Port, Wild Note Cafe, and the Pamplemousse Grille.
Fire Department: Solana Beach Fire Department 858-720-2407
Government: City of Solana Beach 858-720-2400
Police: Sheriff’s Department Emergency 911, non-Emergency 760-966-3500
Schools : Solana Beach School District 858-794-7100
SDG&E: San Diego Gas & Electric 800-411-7343
Trash: Waste Management 866-967-3292
TV: AT&T 855-757-4232 Cox Cable 760-943-9000 Time Warner 858-695-3220
Water: Santa Fe Irrigation District 858-756-2424
Weather : 92075 @ Weather.com
If you are looking for more information on Solana Beach, please feel free to contact Brian Hall at 619-370-7715. Brian is a San Diego native, Solana Beach resident, real estate broker, and Solana Beach business owner. You can speak to Nichole from the Solana Beach Chamber of Commerce at 858-755-4775. Another resource for the history of Solana Beach is the Solana Beach Civic and Historical Society. They can be reached via email through the website link.