Encinitas is a beautiful beach city located along six miles of the Pacific coastline, just 30 minutes north of downtown San Diego. Full of sunshine and natural beauty, Encinitas is the perfect summer vacation destination. Spend a day out on the town and check out some our favorite things to do!
Take the scenic route
If you’re planning a visit to Encinitas, skip the hassle of parking and take the Pacific Surfliner train. Enjoy gorgeous ocean views as you travel along the Southern California coast! The train stops right in the heart of Encinitas, walking distance from everything the city has to offer. The route features multiple stops connecting San Diego and San Luis Obispo through Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. Reserve your seat online.
Get your caffeine fix
Start your morning at Lofty Coffee, a locally owned company dedicated to serving sustainable, “farm-to-cup” coffee and tea. Grab a seat on the patio and sample their selection of organic pastries and locally sourced breakfast options. Their specialty drinks are crafted from scratch with house-made sweeteners – our favorite is the Salted Caramel Latte!
Cruise around and ride the waves
Walk down the main street to CONCEPT Surf Shop, a family owned storefront that has become the go-to stop for surfers and beach goers in Encinitas. Rent a beach cruiser for the day and ride along the coast, taking in the ocean air and California sunshine. Feeling more adventurous? They’ve got everything you need to gear up and hit the waves! CONCEPT carries a wide variety of surfboards, boogie boards, and wetsuits. Ask about their daily surfing lessons!
Locals and tourists alike gather at this hidden gem behind the Self-Realization Fellowship church. Tucked on a cliff overlooking Swami’s Beach, the garden provides spectacular ocean views. A canopy of trees, lush greenery, and exotic plants surround the area. Stroll through the peaceful grounds and relax by the koi pond. The serene environment creates a truly one-of-a-kind experience.
Satisfy your cravings
There’s nothing like a juicy burger and a cold beer after a long day at the beach. Head over to the Encinitas Ale House for one of their “locally world famous” burgers. Their unique menu offers an array of humanely raised meats, including beef, bison, alligator, duck, rabbit, ostrich, and more! They also have a selection of more than 400 bottled beers from all over the world. Can’t decide? Try a flight of four beer tasters! Ask about their daily specials.
Watch the sunset
End your day at Moonlight Beach, one of the most visited beaches in Encinitas. Gather around a cozy bonfire or bring a blanket and lay out on the soft sand. It’s the perfect location to unwind and enjoy the gorgeous West Coast sunset. Don’t forget to bring your s’mores essentials!