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The Surfing Community of Encinitas

By Terry Hunefeld

Just what is it about Encinitas that makes it so fascinating, so special? Yes, its a gorgeous little beach town, but what makes it so very different from other beach towns in San Diego county? The answer is, in part, the fact that Encinitas is still lost in time " back in the 1960s " when California was a simpler place. But you can still experience some of that feel by visiting the following must see places:

1. Take A Walk In A Rainforest

When you visit Quail Botanical Gardens, you can feel like youre thousands of miles away from California. Nearly thirty-five acres are dedicated to unique and rare plants from all around the world. Nature walks take you through hidden gardens, exotic bamboo groves, a tropical rainforest, Mediterranean climate landscapes and a cool children's garden. Its all lovely and peaceful here " a place to find butterflies, birds and even bunny rabbits hopping around. Quail Gardens is a place that everyone will enjoy.

2. Why Not Learn To Surf?

Kahuna Bobs Surf School has been a local legend for nearly 25 years. His distinctive and engaging teaching style puts brand new surfers at ease during his group or private instruction. In 2009, the City awarded Kahuna Bob with an exclusive surf-lesson license at the best beginner surfing beach in Encinitas, Beacons Beach, where the waves break perfectly for beginning surfers.

3. Why Not Become A Beach Boy (or Girl)?

World renown Swamis Beach was made famous in 1963 by the Beach Boys hit song Surfin USA. Only two blocks from downtown on U.S. Highway 101, Swamis still draws the finest surfers in the world on a daily basis, making for wonderful watching from the cliffs above. A mammoth wooden staircase with built-in benches takes you down to the beach. The picnic tables along the cliff edge at the top are a breathtaking spot to sit and take in the sweeping views of the ocean and witness phenomenal surfing feats.

4. Take In A Talkie

Do you have fond memories of the real old-time movie theaters? If so, get down to La Paloma Theatre built in the 1920s, where you can see first-run movies, eccentric art movies, and the premieres of many surfing and snowboarding movies. La Paloma is known around San Diego as THE movie house to partake in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. La Paloma was the first theatre to show "Talkies" back in the twenties.

5. Ommmmm and Meditate At A Real Temple

Swami Yogananda came to town in 1936 and built the Self-Realization Temple on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. His philosophy of love and introspection still attracts thousands of followers from around the world. The beautiful Self-Realization Fellowship grounds " lush gardens and Koi ponds " are open to the public each day. Here you can walk, meditate, breathe deeply and put life into perspective " the only sounds you might hear are singing birds and the pounding of the surf on the cliffs below.

6. Really Work On Your Tan

The most popular beach in all of North County San Diego is Moonlight Beach, just two blocks from downtown - its a wonderful spot to soak up sun, enjoy a picnic, play volleyball, surf, boogie-board, body surf, read a book, watch other people people-watch or simply take it easy. Its a state park complete with plenty of parking, fine life guard stations, beach-gear rentals, showers, playground, snack and lunch shop and even fire-rings on the beach where you and your friends can enjoy bonfires late into the night.

7. Watch The Sun Set Over The Ocean From Your Private Hot Tub

Ann Dunham is the hostess at the Inn at Moonlight Beach, a very romantic inn Sunsets are perfect at Anns inn overlooking both the Pacific Ocean and the quaint beach town. Previous guest have called it a magical place of sand, sea, sun and surf and many anniversaries and honeymoons have taken place here. Be sure to ask Ann about the Penthouse Suite.

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