Covering 3.6 square miles, Solana Beach is loaded with restaurants, shops and attractions all within walking distance. But, if you’re looking to get out of town for the day without the stress of driving, head over to the Solana Beach Transit Station and hop on Amtrak’s Coaster!
Head north and in just a few minutes you’ll be in eclectic Oceanside. Located at the northernmost end of San Diego County’s coastline, “O’side” is home to some of Southern California’s widest beaches, historical landmarks and is one of 14 California Cultural Districts.
Step off the train and grab a donut and coffee at Parlor Doughnuts before heading west along Pier View Way to walk over the ocean on Oceanside Pier. You’ll see shops, fishermen and views far north to Camp Pendleton or south to La Jolla. The pier is 1,954 feet long, making it one of the longest piers on the west coast.
Continue north along “The Strand” to watch surfers, check out the bungalows and beautiful views on your way to Oceanside Harbor. Harbor Village, with it’s six-story lighthouse, is a quaint New England-style destination. Discover rows of docked sailboats, see people gliding by on top of paddleboards, and enjoy the array of restaurants and shops at this hidden gem. Local vendors provide boat rentals, kayak and SUP experiences… a great way to spend a couple of hours sightseeing from the water. Along the east side of the Harbor mouth are large letters that spell “Oceanside.” This sign not only welcomes visitors to the Harbor, but is a great location to snap a photo to document your adventures. After checking out the harbor, you’ll be ready for lunch at Stratford at the Harbor where you’ll enjoy delicious food with stunning views. Locals rave about the coffee cake and the fresh fish taco salad.
While heading back south, Learn about the evolution of surfboards—from wooden plank boards to fiberglass boards to the short-board revolution—at the California Surf Museum. Browse surfboard wax collected from the past 50 years, see Bethany Hamilton’s shark-bitten board, and shop the surf-themed gift shop. For more community culture, check out the Oceanside Museum of Art located blocks from the beach on Pier View Way. Kids will appreciate the interactive nature of the museum.
Before hopping back on the train, be sure to stop by Hello Betty Fish House for one of O-side’s best happy hours including street tacos, sliders, oyster shooters and craft beers outside on their sprawling patio.
Enjoy your scenic train ride back to Solana Beach where you can head back to your Stubbs Vacation Beach Home to refresh and rejuvenate for tomorrow’s adventure.