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Life is good in Solana Beach

Just a few great appetizers from Crush Solana Beach
Just a few great appetizers from Crush Solana Beach
Photo source: Lisa Apolinski

Solana Beach is a quiet beach town located 25 miles north of San Diego. First settlers arrived in 1886, and the town was incorporated 100 years later. One historical fact worth knowing is how Fletcher Cove Entry and Beach was created: Colonel Ed Fletcher purchased the beach property in 1922 and with the help of his brother-in-law, one man and a fire hose, the beach access to Fletcher Cove was completed in 3 months. The beach officially opened on July 4, 1925.

Fletcher Cove Beach Park is still one of the main attractions today. With a recent renovation, there are activities to try both in and out of the water. There are several water sports to try, and this location is popular with surfers. On dry land, there is a basketball court, playground, walkways, and of course spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. For golf enthusiasts, check out Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf Course, which is an 18 hole Par 56 course. Described as a 'hidden jewel' by the San Diego Union Tribune, you will enjoy the ocean views and breezes on this golf course.

When you have had enough fun in the sun, check out the Cedros Avenue Design District in downtown Solana Beach, with over 85 shops, boutiques and galleries. This area is also home to many local architects, artists and designers, who showcase their products in the District. Antiques on Cedros is a local favorite, with over 5,000 sq. feet of space to browse.

No visit would be complete without some local eats, and the choices in Solana Beach range from a quick, inexpensive bite to a more formal experience. One local must is Crush, with great choices for happy hour. Bring your appetite for the Crispy Squash Blossoms, Meatball appetizer, and the signature brick oven pie, the Crush.

Whether you come for a day, a weekend, or longer, there is more to this sleepy beach town than meets the eye. And life is good in Solana Beach.