Encinitas is the quintessential Southern California beach town along the Pacific Ocean just north of San Diego. Men’s Health magazine called it “Southern California’s Last Sleepy Surf Town.” You won’t find big resort hotels in Encinitas. There are other cute towns and inns along the SoCal coast like the Del Mar Inn and Cardiff Lodge, but Encinitas is special – it’s different from other beach towns in San Diego county because it is virtually lost in time – still locked in the 1960s.
Encinitas is home to romantic bed and breakfasts, Stone Steps Beach, The Roxy Restaurant where you can buy a glass of rum and an ice cream cone, cute boutiques, funky old hotels on the historic Pacific Coast Highway, Moonlight beach, the La Paloma theater (still featuring weekly surf movies) and romantic Encinitas bed and breakfasts. Encinitas is so laid back that it is often referred to as “San Diego’s Sleepy Surf Town.”
Business people and surfers alike stand in line in front of Roberto’s Taco Shop every day. The sidewalks along the Pacific Coast Highway (U.S. 101) in “downtown” are lined with outdoor restaurants and funky shops. Talk about laid back – tourists and kids can be seen any day walking barefoot through Encinitas in swim suits. You will find surfers from 5 states waxing down their surfboards (just like the Beach Boy’s sang in Surfin’ U.S.A.) for a session at Swami’s Surf Beach before they return to their Encinitas Bed and Breakfast or Carlsbad Inn.
Moonlight Beach is one of the top five San Diego beaches and is only a block from downtown Encinitas, an easy walk from the Inn At Moonlight Beach Bed and Breakfast Inn. You won’t find a better beach to work on your tan, go boogie-boarding, enjoy a picnic or play a pick-up game of volleyball. Or, you may like to try your hand at surfing or body surfing, people-watch, work on reading that novel or simply relax. There is lots of parking, clean bathrooms and showers, a great children’s playground and cute little lunch shop.
There is an intimate B&B in Encinitas, more romantic than any Cardiff Lodge or Encinitas hotels, situated overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Moonlight Beach. Ann Dunham is the hostess of this romantic San Diego Beach Bed and Breakfast, said to be more romantic than Del Mar Hotels and more lovely than the Carlsbad Bed and Breakfasts.
The four suites at the Inn At Moonlight Beach are decorated like the rooms you’d find in a French Seaside hotel or inn along the Mediterranean. Each suite has a private bath and refrigerator. What makes Ann’s Encinitas bed & breakfast really special is that she bakes delicious home-made, warm-from-the-oven pastries for breakfasts every morning.
Author Terry Hunefeld retired as CEO of a San Diego training corporation so that he could spend his time on NOAA research ships studing marine mammals. Terry and his wife operate a lovely Bed and Breakfast Inn on the ocean in the quiet surf town of Encinitas. For more information visit: Solana Beach Hotels or Encinitas B&B.