101 Things to do In and Around Carlsbad CA
There are lots of things to do in North County San Diego (so this post is LONG), no matter whether you prefer indoors or out. I guess that's one of the things that appeals to me about being here.
While I am still learning my way around, after only being here barely 2 years (at the time this was written), I have discovered a tremendous array of things to do. Lots of this is in Carlsbad, bit there's so much more if we start at the north part of the county in Oceanside.
This post is about things to do on Route 101 (the Coast Highway, as it is commonly called). While there may be 101 of them, or likely many more, the focus is on this eclectic road along the ocean from Oceanside to Torrey Pines, just south of Del Mar.
Starting your journey in north Oceanside just south of Camp Pendleton, you can begin at the State of California Welcome Center (lots of maps, brochures, and much more) if you haven't a clue as to where you are going. On the other hand just taking the trip down the 101 will yield an amazing collection of things you can enjoy, in addition to visits to the beach along the way, and it's much more fun just to see what you encounter. If you want to visit the Marina, start a little further north of the Center.
Heading south from the Welcome Center you will encounter:
After the lagoon you enter the charming village of Carlsbad (often called Carlsbad Village by the Sea or Carlsbad Village).
There is lots to do in Carlsbad, too, and the link will give you a great overview of all you can see - restaurants, the beaches, shopping and more (there are several virtual tours with music to enjoy). Read on for more things to do
Next stop along the 101 is Encinitas. Just past Carlsbad State Beach you enter Leucadia, a funky eclectic beach town with a strong surfing history and presence. The community profile I just noted has lots of information about things to do and what the community is like.
Heading down the 101 you can:
As you pass out of Leucadia and into Encinitas proper you will find even more to do, and a more upscale feel (in general). Depends on what you like.
Next you will cruise by some beautiful bluff vistas of the ocean to your right and the camping area along the 101 (watch out for surfers and their boards as they cross the 101 to get to the beach and hit the waves) as you head in to Cardiff (more formally known as Cardiff-by-the-Sea). You will pass the Composer District (residential) on your left on the other side of the RR tracks, and a short distance later you will see the town itself on the left.
Take a left at the light if you want to pay a visit to:
After Cardiff State Beach (this is a great area to ride you bike, by the way) you will enter Solana Beach, an upscale beach town just north of Del Mar. Much of the downtown area is along the 101 to your right, with more on the other side of the RR tracks. The beach, with amazing, but unstable, bluffs and ocean front housing is a couple of blocks to the right.
In Solana Beach...
It's been a long journey and the 101 continues into Del Mar and then to Torrey Pines - we'll take that trip later.
But before we go, take a left off the 101 at Via de la Valle and head over to the Del Mar Race Track - the horses are running now (July 18 until September 5). Perhaps a snack at the Fish Market on the way?
Hope you enjoyed the trip. Bet you didn't know there was so much to do...and I just grazed the surface.
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