North County Coastal
Is the coastal North County the best thirty mile stretch of California? Surely, it ranks up there with Laguna Beach and Carmel. Breathtaking ocean views, million dollar homes, miles of parks and trails, pristine beaches — this is what makes North County so special.
Lets take the coast road north from the La Jolla Shores. On your left, you'll pass the Scripps Aquarium, the Salk Institute, UCSD and the Torrey Pines State Preserve. As you drive on North Torrey Pines Road, you'll pass the stunning golf course, Scripps Hospital and many of the world's key biotech companies. You'll drive down a mile long decline and meet the whitewater ocean. Within a few blocks, you'll enter the City of Del Mar with its architecturally diverse homes, chic shops, boutique hotels and electric eateries. Continue on and you'll see the Del Mar Race Track, considered on of America's best thoroughbred horse racing venues. Five minutes later, you'll come upon the Cedros Design Center in Solana Beach. Boutiques with cool furniture, clothing and furnishing stores cover this mile-long stretch. Drive east on Lomas Santa Fe Drive and you'll be in historic ranch country, Rancho Santa Fe, within a few minutes. Continueing north on Hwy 101, you'll find a great mix of the chic, the funky, and the upscale. In Cardiff, you'll be reminded of California Dreamin', a place where residents prize their pristine beaches and surf hangouts. In Encinitas, and Leucadia, you'll fell like you are back in the sixties with small shops, restaurants, nurseries, and orchid farms, as well as an electric community of homes in harmony with the ocean lifestyle. Further up the road in Carlsbad are quaint bed and breakfast hotels alongside flower fields. In Oceanside, this military town is being transformed by new homes and businesses.
Are these the best thirty miles in California? Drive it and see!