Cycling enthusiasts and environmentally-conscious advocates who prefer two-wheeled transportation versus four will love how there are nearly as many bikes as there are vehicles found in this beachside neighborhood. In 2018, Solana Beach was recognized as an official bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists. Admittedly, the shared street lanes make for a smoother ride to explore the Cedros Avenue Arts District or head to Fletcher Cove Beach Park for the day.
Long stretches of sand, nature trails and bicycle groups are what primarily make up this smaller community. The “uniform” consists of either flips flops and board shorts or yoga pants and tennis shoes. A comfortable and versatile wardrobe is vital to transition from time spent exercising outdoors to popping into one of the many eclectic shops, galleries, tasting rooms, and other hidden gems along the way.
Near the end of the main street sits Claire’s on Cedros, a tasty brunch spot that serves delectable dishes like blackberry stuffed french toast and short rib hash until 3:00 PM. The breezy atmosphere is a perfect start to a laid-back kind of day. Other places to try are the ever-popular Pizza Port, a local pizza chain with several craft brews on tap, and Beach Grass Cafe for the lighter fare when you’re in the mood for a healthier bite.
Soaking up the great outdoors is the key to Solana Beach living. It’s one of the top spots for surfers (or those who like to watch from the shore), hikers, artists, and photographers. For music lovers, seeing a live show at the Belly Up Tavern will become your regular go-to choice. This intimate music venue has brought in indie acts including KT Tunstall, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and Ben Harper, to name a few. Tune into to all of your senses when out and about because there is so much to see, hear, taste, and feel. Soak it all up and enjoy!
The walkability factor, as well as the convenience of having everything you need within a two-mile radius, makes this close-knit community instantly feel familiar. It’s also a scenic ride by Coaster to downtown San Diego or up the coast via Amtrak’s Pacific Surfliner if you want to visit Orange County or LA for a day trip or weekend getaway.
Median Age 46
Median HH Income $100,352
Walk Score 67
Median Home Price $1,374,400
Median Rental Price $4,200