Solana Beach is a tight knit community with its own personality. In Spanish, Solana means "sunny," and this city lives up to its name. Solana Beach is warm throughout most of the year, with temperatures that average 62 degrees in the wintertime and 77 degrees in the summertime. The community is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, on the north by San Elijo Lagoon and the city of Encinitas, on the south by Del Mar and the eastern boundary is the exclusive community of Rancho Santa Fe. Major access routes to and through the city include Interstate 5, Highway 101 (Pacific Coast Highway), Lomas Santa Fe Drive and Via de la Valle.
Parks & Recreation
Located within Solana Beach city limits are an ocean front park, a community center, the San Dieguito Boys and Girls Club, soccer fields and playgrounds for those who love to participate in outdoor activities. Adjacent to the city to the east is the 100-acre San Dieguito Park featuring baseball fields, picnic areas and nature trails. Along the northern border are the San Elijo Lagoon and Nature Reserve with egrets, herons and other migratory birds. To the south are the San Dieguito River Regional Park and Lagoon, the Del Mar Fair Grounds, Fairbanks Ranch Polo Fields, several equestrian facilities and the Del Mar racetrack that was founded by Bing Crosby and his pals during the 1930s. On the eastern boundary of the city is the exclusive Lomas Santa Fe Country Club that offers golf and dining, tennis, swimming, tournaments and events for its members. The Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course is located nearby and is open to the public.
Attractions & Areas of Interest
As might be expected, the city's beaches are a popular destination for residents and tourists alike. Fletcher Cove is one of the most popular beaches in the city. It has easy public access, a fully staffed lifeguard station, half-court basketball and a sandy beach at the foot of the bluffs. Fletcher Cove has been the site of many local and national surfing competitions, triathlons, and the annual Fiesta del Sol or "holiday of the sun." The Fiesta, which is held in June and is a "kickoff" for summer, spills out of Fletcher Cove and covers several blocks with music entertainment, arts and crafts and international food.
The city is also known for its great restaurants on South Cedros on the Highway 101 corridor and on Lomas Santa Fe Drive. Mexican food lovers throng to Eden Gardens, a small community within Solana Beach, for its authentic Mexican restaurants and its gracious hospitality.
For those who enjoy the theater, there is the North County Repertory Theater, a resident live theater company in Solana Beach. Those seeking a stronger nightlife experience, will find it at the world famous Belly-Up Tavern, which is one of the hottest spots in the country for music and dancing.
Solana Beach is just a short drive away from the attractions of San Diego which include the world famous San Diego Zoo, the Wild Animal Park, Sea World, and Seaport Village. Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm are within an hour's drive to the north. It would take just 2-3 hours to drive to Palm Springs, or the ski resorts of the San Bernardino Mountains. By Southern California standards, public transportation is excellent. North County Transit System's inter-city bus service, Amtrak and the Coaster commuter train provide service to Solana Beach.
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