Solana Beach is a vibrant little beach town nestled comfortably between its sister beach communities of Del Mar and Cardiff. This alluring coastal town takes up roughly 3.6 miles of land starting west of the I-5 freeway and Hwy 101 at the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean, and spanning ever so slightly inland to the hills of Rancho Santa Fe.
Homes in Solana Beach range from re-imagined historic beach bungalows to abundantly impressive residences that mix beautifully into the unique overall landscape. Many homes in this area come equipped with an ocean view. For the homes that rest within the hills of Solana Beach, there’s a sense of seclusion and quiet serenity… only minutes from the ocean and nearby shopping conveniences.
Solana literally means “Sunny Spot”, and that it is! Traveling west on Lomas Santa Fe Drive will take you directly to the beach front Fletcher Cove Park which is perched just above one of the many popular North San Diego surf spots, Pillbox Beach. This well manicured park is the perfect spot for families with its picnic tables, patches of grass, basketball courts, clean restrooms, and small playground. The coveted Pillbox Beach was made accessible back in the 1920’s with an erosion project of sorts where one man literally carved out a path directly to the beach using, of all things, a fire hose. The project took three months to complete.
Perhaps one of the number one landmarks to put Solana Beach on the map is the Cedros Avenue Design District. The street runs parallel to the Pacific Coast Highway from the south end of the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve to Villa De La Valle where the Del Mar Fairgrounds and Race Track resides. This little stretch of land boasts unique shops, salons, spas, cafes, coffee shops, and a bevy of resonate design agencies. It is also home to the musical venue mainstay, The Belly Up Tavern. At the northern end of Cedros you’ll also find the train station, which services The Coaster with stops throughout the coastal regions of San Diego County.
Solana Beach is extremely pedestrian friendly with ample sidewalks and bike lanes for sunny strolls, cycling, and jogs along the main Highway 101. This area is also lined with wellness and fitness studios offering Yoga and Pilates, as well as plenty of eateries such as the local favorite, Pizza Port.
Solana Beach has several conveniently located schools including Skyline Elementary School, Solana Vista Elementary School, and Earl Warren Middle School. There are also several private schools nearby including Santa Fe Christian and Saint James Academy. High schools in neighboring towns include Torrey Pines High School and San Dieguito Academy.