Solana Beach Hotels, Solana Beach
situated north of Del Mar and south of Cardiff by the
Sea, is a modest, mostly residential beach community offering
uncrowded, family-friendly beaches and some of the best antique
and art shopping in San Diego County. Like other beach communities
in north San Diego County, the cultural heart and soul of Solana
Beach is Coast Route 101. Along 101, you’ll find an interesting
mix of surf shops, restaurants, hotels, arts-and-crafts galleries
and everyday grocery and drug stores.
The beach lies
below the wind- and water-sculpted sandstone bluffs that run the
length of this community west of 101. Fletcher Cove Beach Park,
a small beach with public parking, restrooms, and seasonal lifeguards,
dissects the bluffs. This cove was constructed years ago by cutting
out a portion of the bluffs with hydraulic water hoses and steam
shovels. A 2-mile, paved walking and bike path has recently been
constructed on the east side of 101. This path offers a comfortable
course, safe from traffic, with benches to sit on and enjoy the
unique flavor of this pleasant California beach community.
South Cedros Ave., south of Lomas Santa Fe and east of 101, is a
mecca for antique and decorating shops. Along with antiques you
will find imported and local crafts and other items of art, perfect
for home decorating with the local flavor of Southern California.
forget, Solana Beach is just minutes away from the Del Mar Thorougbred
Club with live horse racing running late July through early September.
Solana Beach Parking
Fletcher Cove has public parking. From there,
you can access the entire Solana Beach coastline if you don’t
mind walking and the tide isn’t too high. More beach access
is available along Pacific Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Solana
Vista Drive, as well as along Sierra Avenue.
Directions to Solana Beach
From San Diego, take I-5 north to the Lomas
Santa Fe exit and head west. Lomas Santa Fe intersects Coast Route
101, which you can take north or south for beach access. Easier
yet, cross 101; Lomas Santa Fe turns in Plaza Street, which dead
ends at Fletcher Cove Beach Park. The Solana Beach Regional Transportation
Center is Solana Beach’s very own train station. Offering
parking and a daily schedule of train and bus service, the Center
is located on North Cedros Avenue just north of Lomas Santa Fe.