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Solana Beach is nestled between Del Mar and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. This quaint coastal community is home to some great nightlife venues, fun restaurants and gorgeous beaches. The beaches of Solana Beach are hidden by tall sea cliffs and bordered by Cardiff State Beach to the north and Del Mar Dog Beach to the south. Home to the famous Belly Up Tavern and neighboring Del Mar Racetrack, Solana Beach is a nice blend of the affluent north county and mellow surf environment. Locals are friendly, the views are unbelievable and entertainment is plenty.
The beaches of Solana Beach are sometimes inaccessible due to high tides reaching the sea cliffs and private residences having sole access, except for Fletcher Cove, also known as Pillbox. This beautiful north county beach is the best destination for a Solana Beach trip. Located at the west end of Lomas Santa Fe Drive, Fletcher Cove has parking, restrooms, showers and easy beach access unlike the other beaches of Solana Beach. Solana Beach is also home to a train station making it easy to enjoy this area without dealing with driving or parking. The Coaster will drop you right on the corner of Lomas Santa Fe and the popular San Diego shopping district of Cedros Ave. just a few blocks from the beach.
Visitors can spend the day at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach, head to the Del Mar Racetrack, browse the shops on Cedros Avenue or grab pizza and a craft beer at Pizza Port during a fun trip to this great coastal community. The beaches are beautiful and less crowded than some other big San Diego beaches but it's the surrounding area that really makes Solana Beach stand out.