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Solana Beach: Sunny, Friendly And Fun

By Heather Hunnefeld

Located on the coast of the Pacific Ocean, Solana Beach is the quintessential SoCal beach town. About 20 miles north of downtown San Diego, Solana Beach is bordered by a large country club on the east, the ocean on the west, an ecological reserve on the north and the fashionable community of Del Mar (with famous horse track) on the south.

The climate is near perfect with winter high temperatures ranging from 59 - 63 with abundant sunshine. Summer high temperatures average 74 - 79 pleasant degrees thanks to the refreshing breezes off the ocean. This ideal weather and two miles of gorgeous coastline result in a tropical paradise - as a result, home prices average from one to two million dollars.

There is more to Solana Beach than just near-perfect weather - there is something for everyone: great dining, diverse shops, surfing, an active nightlife scene, bicycling along the ocean, hiking and nature walks along the lagoons, and, of course, beautiful beaches - where every evening residents and visitors alike gather to enjoy world-class sunsets.

The Cedros Design District is well-known as an enclave of coolness with the quaintness and aura of a European side-street. Here visitors find an enchanting 2 blocks of more than 85 unique and trendy shops: furniture from around the world, out of the ordinary antiques, hand-woven tapestry, charming jewelry, adventure gear, organic restaurants, spas, studios and salons. all coming together to make Cedros one of San Diego's most interesting areas.

Perhaps the most famous commercial establishment in Cedros is the Belly Up Tavern with a distinguished history of bringing all kinds of music to the San Diego area. The Belly Up has often been voted "San Diego's Best Live Music Venue" by the San Diego Union Tribune, The San Diego Reader and San Diego Magazine. It's been called "one of the coolest music scenes on the west coast" by Rolling Stone Magazine.

Coastal Southern California has an excellent rail transit system. Both the Amtrak and the local commuter train, the Coaster, stop at the Solana Beach station at 105 N. Cedros Ave., providing easy access to San Diego and Los Angeles.

Every July the local triathlon club hosts a "beach party triathlon" with a quarter mile ocean swim, nine mile bike ride and three mile run. Thousands of people run, ride, swim, watch, participate and have fun with their family and friends.

Solana Beach was featured on all the cable news networks a few years ago when it became the first U.S. city to ban smoking on public beaches. Since that controversial decision, often led by high-schools clean-ups and rallies, dozens of other California communities have followed in prohibiting smoking on their beaches.

The coastal area of Solana Beach along historic Highway U.S. 101 was mostly developed in the 1950s and 1960s, consisting of a diverse mix of offices, businesses, shops, restaurants, hotels, motels, resorts and apartments.

East of Interstate 5 is the Lomas Santa Fe golf course surrounded by high-priced newer homes. More than two-thirds of Solana Beach was built in the last twenty years. The Jenny Craig Corporation is located in Solana Beach, employing more than 180 people.

Beach town lodging options in the Solana Beach and Cardiff By The Sea area include Cardiff By The Sea Inn and Solana Beach Bed and Breakfasts.

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Ditulis oleh: Faisal Reza Siregar - Thursday, April 17, 2014

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