As Southern Californians, we all know about the so-called “sunshine tax,” so why not get out and maximize the natural beauty of North County San Diego?  Encinitas is just one of many of our gorgeous communities that boasts exquisite views and warm sunshine perfect for a nice stroll. Here are a few of our favorite Encinitas walks.

1. The San Elijo Lagoon Encinitas Walking Trails San Elijo Lagoon

This ecological reserve is just east of the 101 and spreads out towards Rancho Santa Fe over 1,000 acres.  The lagoon supports over 400 species of plants, 300 species of birds, and many other types of wildlife including fish, reptiles, and mammals. There are 8 different walking trails to choose from ranging from easy to moderate, so there is sure to be a trail to fit your comfort level. For more information, visit their website at

2.    San Diego Botanic Garden

Known to long time Encinitas residents as Quail Botanical Gardens, this recently renamed park is a great place to get some fresh air and enjoy many different types of gardens this park has to offer. From walled gardens to desert landscapes, flora from around the world are featured in different sections of the park. Located off of Encinitas Blvd on Quail Gardens Drive and open daily from 9-5.  For more information, visit their site at

3.    Moonlight State Beach

What would coastal living in southern California be without sunset walks on the beach? Moonlight Beach in Encinitas is not only a popular place to spend the day enjoying the sun and surf; it’s a great place to walk along the beach under the cliffs. Stretching as far north as you can see or as far south as La Jolla at low tide, walks beginning at this beach are as flexible as your time schedule.  Park right at the end on Encinitas Boulevard, kick of your shoes, and start walking!

4.    Downtown Encinitas Along Historical 101

Just around the corner from Moonlight Beach, you can stroll along the shops of downtown Encinitas and even catch a few glimpses of the historical city. From the La Paloma Theater, which dates back to the 1920’s and still shows movies to this day, to the Daley Double - formerly The Village Rendezvous – now named for the original 1930’s owner, but still a popular neighborhood hotspot. For more information on the history of Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas, visit

5.    Self-Realization Fellowship & Meditation gardens

For a very relaxing stroll, the Self-Realization Fellowship is an oasis in downtown Encinitas. Overlooking the Pacific Ocean and perched high upon the cliffs, this tranquil setting is sure to clear away the busyness of any day and allow you to truly appreciate the beauty that southern California has to offer.  Open and free to the public there simply is not an excuse to miss this one. For more information, visit

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