North County Coastal Communities

Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines This wide, sandy beach runs almost five miles from Del Mar past Los Penasquitos Lagoon to the base of sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines Mesa. Swimming, surfing and fishing are popular here. A picnic area and parking lot are near the entrance on North Torrey Pines Road. The beach also can be reached… Read More

Solana Beach

Solana Beach Solana Beach is a of some 13,000 residents tucked between Encinitas and Del Mar. This upscale community just west of Rancho Santa Fe enjoys the perfect climate and one of the finest schools systems in the county. The quaint downtown centers around Cedros Avenue, which has become the design center for much of… Read More


Oceanside With more than 168,000 residents, Oceanside is the county’s most northern and third largest city. Just south of Camp Pendleton and north of Carlsbad, Oceanside is a beach community as well as a trade center for a rich farm area. It’s also an area with developing industrial parks and planned communities in the east…. Read More


Leucadia Follow Neptune Avenue to Leucadia State Beach, also known as Beacon’s. At the foot of Leucadia Boulevard one can access the beach via an improved trail. This small, rocky beach is the local gathering spot for swimming, surfing, fishing and picnicking. Leucadia is the Encinitas neighborhood just north of the Downtown area and south… Read More


Encinitas Located 25 miles north of San Diego between Solana Beach and Carlsbad, the City of Encinitas covers miles of beaches stretching from the neighborhoods of Cardiff-by-the-Sea in the south to Leucadia in the north. This city of some 60,000 is popular with surfers and the beachfront neighborhoods as well as the business district in… Read More

Del Mar

Del Mar This exclusive, upscale community of some 5,000 is separated from La Jolla to the north by the Torrey Pines State Reserve. The City of Del Mar is two square miles of coastal land that boasts the highest percentage of college graduates in the county, if not the nation, as well as excellent public… Read More

Carmel Valley

Carmel Valley The name Carmel Valley comes from the community’s location—in a wide valley just to the north of Carmel Mountain, which is a minor feature at the intersection of Interstate 5 and SR-56. Originally occupying only a small area, this City of San Diego neighborhood is one of the most rapidly growing, vibrant area… Read More


Carlsbad The City of Carlsbad, located 35 miles north of Downtown San Diego and 90 miles south of Los Angeles, benefits from its proximity to both metropolitan areas. With more than seven miles of coastline, Carlsbad enjoys an excellent year-round climate that makes it a destination spot for visitors. The city is named after Karlsbad,… Read More


Cardiff-By-The-Sea Cardiff-By-The-Sea, with its 2.6 miles of Pacific coastline and a world-class surf, draws professional and amateur surfers from all over Southern California and beyond. Known for its quaint village atmosphere and wonderful restaurants, with some resting right next to the beach, Cardiff has warm, sunny days and cool evenings that prevail throughout the years…. Read More

Camp Pendleton

Camp Pendleton During World War II, it was announced that the land north of San Diego County was about to be transformed into the largest United States Marine Corps base in the country. The based was named for Major General Joseph H. Pendleton, who had long advocated the establishment of a West Coast training center…. Read More