Solana Beach: Sunny, Uncrowded Beaches only 20 Miles from San Diego!

Solana Beach coast view

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Solana Beach: Spanish for "sunny," and it is, here.

And optimistic. Access to the sand in this upscale, four-mile town was literally cut from its jagged coastline long ago, by city engineers who realized that the only thing missing from this Eden was a way to actually get folks to the beach.

Today with staircases set into the cliffs at the end of almost every city block, the town is a cozy vacation alternative.

It's also only 20 miles from downtown San Diego and San Diego County's local commuter train, the Coaster, costs only $5 for a ticket to downtown San Diego, the Zoo, Sea World and the harbor. Visitors can enjoy San Diego beaches during the day and return to watch the sunset along Solana's cliffs at night.

The city is bordered on its south by Del Mar and its famous race track, so surf-and-turf fans have literally a five-minute drive to see thoroughbred racing.

The city also has its share of great restaurants and Solana Beach hotels, but other than its beaches, it hasn't strained to invent itself as a tourist draw.

Solana Beach Fletcher Cove with ramp Still, for a town of 14,000, visitors have plenty to enjoy the stylish Cedros Design District with antiques and hand-crafted art off U.S. Highway 101, music and dancing at the Belly Up Tavern & Night Club or even a show at the North Coast Repertory Theatre.


The city is about 20 miles north of San Diego, along U.S. Interstate 5. By air it is accessible via San Diego International Airport, or by rail via the Coaster or Amtrak.


No public camping is available at they city's beaches.

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Photos Courtesy City of Solana Beach

Solana Beach train from cliff

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