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Encinitas is a small beach town in the north end of San Diego County in Southern California. The town has a main street that looks to be right out of a George Lucas 1950's movie scene, including a city name sign spanning the Coast Highway that welcomes visitors arriving into the north end of town.

Visitor info can be found at 138 Encinitas Blvd.

Get in
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By car
Encinitas is located just off Interstate Highway 5. Take the Encinitas Blvd exit.

By train
The regional COASTER [1] rail line between San Diego and Oceanside stops in Encinitas. The station is located downtown between C and D streets.

By plane
The closest international airport is in San Diego. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is 2-3 hours by bus or car depending on traffic.

Get around
Almost everything can be reached by foot, including the beach and most restaurants and shopping. Bikes can be rented as well. If you bring a car in you'll want to leave it at the hotel for any local exploring.

See
A selection of attractions that will be convenient to your hotel.

The beach. Main entrance to the seemingly endless stretch of sandy beach is at C street. A scenic outlook and stair access can also be found at the end of D street. Swimming is allowed only in designated areas.

Quail Botanical Garden. Specializing in tropical rainforest plants with the largest display of bamboo in the world.

San Elijo Lagoon Reserve Coastal wetlands.

Do
Encinitas gives you plenty of reasons to get out of your hotel and do something active.

Surfing is a favorite activity in Encinitas. Swami's is one of the most famous in Southern California, which is accessed via steep stairs down the bluff from the small city park by the same name at the south end of town.

Cardiff State Park. Oceanfront camping with beautiful views. Surfing and swimming beaches within short walking distance. Reservations can be made in advance, but the park books up for the peak summer season very early in the year.

Moonlight Beach. Beautiful white sand beach at the north end of town. West end of 'B' Street. Lifeguards on duty in season.

Check out Surf eCo - the country's first completely eco-friendly surf school, located in Encinitas. http://www.sdsurfeco.com Surf eCo is the most affordable school in San Diego with a main goal of saving acres of tropical rainforest and spreading environmental awareness.

You can also try Leucadia Surf School, for those who want to try out surfing for the first time with year around 2 hour surf lessons and summer surf camps. Our surf lessons are designed to teach you not only how to surf, but how to learn to surf on your own without taking further surf lessons.

Eat
Despite the small town feel, Encinitas has a good variety of food options. You definitely won't be limited to your hotel's offerings.

Sushi Bar Blue Fin, 257 N. El Camino Real (Exit ENCINITAS BLVD. just off of 5 fwy), 760-479-1555. Traditional Japanese flavors with contemporary Western fusion.

Encinitas is a small town with a long restaurant list. Along Coast Highway 101's downtown district are a wide range of options from upscale Italian to cozy cafes and diners. Small cafes can be found in the more residential streets heading towards the beach.

Honey's Bistro & Bakery. 632 S. Coast Highway 101. Popular breakfast and lunch cafe with plenty of California and Mexican favorites.

E Street Cafe. 130 W. E St., Encinitas. Baked goods and lunch specials. Live music, internet and wireless (with purchase).

Siamese Basil. 527 S. Coast Highway 101. (753-3940) Meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes in a casual atmosphere. Don't miss the specials listed on the table.

Oggi's Pizza & Brewing Co. 305 Encinitas Blvd. Just off Highway 5.

Kealani's. 137 West D St., Encinitas. Hawaiian food. Live music on Friday nights.

Potato Shack Cafe. [5] 120 West I Street, Encinitas. Popular breakfast and lunch cafe.

Jamroc 101 Caribbean Grill. [6] 101 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas. Authentic Jamaican cuisine.

Stay Safe
The Core Orthopaedic Medical Center handles a variety of physical therapy needs and is frequently used by athletes in the area.

Drink
D Street Bar & Grill. 485 S Coast Highway. Upscale pub lined with televisions tuned into sports and news.

Sleep
Retreat to this full-service Encinitas, California hotel offering beachside accommodations convenient to Sea World, Legoland and San Diego. The Best Western Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach is nestled atop the Encinitas bluffs central to everywhere travelers want to be while visiting Southern California. With Moonlight Beach just steps from the hotel, guests can spend the day enjoying the sun, sand and surf. Venture out and walk the beautiful Carlsbad Flower Fields and Quail Botanical Gardens, tour the wildlife at the San Diego Zoo or view the wide variety of fish at the Birch Aquarium. Family fun can be found just minutes away from this Encinitas hotel at nearby Sea World and Legoland. Shopping enthusiasts will find a variety of brand name shops at the Carlsbad Outlets. And no trip to Encinitas is complete without a visit to the Del Mar Racetrack, located just minutes from this Encinitas hotel.

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