4 of the Best Ways to Experience Ecotourism in North County San Diego

If you’re not familiar with the term “ecotourism,” it’s about time you learn a little about it! Many companies—mainly in the hospitality industry—are catering more to this style of travel. Ecotourism is defined as travel that minimizes harm to the environment and maximizes natural, low-impact practices. Below, we’ve listed just a few of the best ways to experience ecotourism in North County San Diego! Read on to learn about how this special part of Southern California celebrates earth-friendly travel, then check out our complimentary Destination Guide for more local tips!

Here’s How to Experience Ecotourism in North County San Diego

Visit Los Penasquitos Lagoon

One of the best natural attractions in North County San Diego is the Los Penasquitos Marsh Natural Preserve and Lagoon. “Los Penasquitos” is Spanish for “the little cliffs,” inspired by the stunning terrain surrounding the lagoon. This spot boasts a rich history and diverse ecosystem that can’t be missed when you’re in town!

Hike Your Way Around

A significant part of ecotourism is cutting back on or eliminating greenhouse gas emissions. Walking and biking are fantastic ways to do just that. There are countless natural paths that wind through North County San Diego, so choose your favorite and blaze that trail! A few we recommend are Annie’s Canyon Trail and the Torrey Pines State Reserve.

If you prefer an urban environment, you’ll be happy to find The Inn at Moonlight Beach in the heart of downtown Encinitas! That means you’ll be able to walk to countless attractions, including: Moonlight Beach, yoga studios, and vegan-friendly restaurants in downtown Encinitas.

See Organic Cultivation at Coastal Roots Farm

Our area features so many holistic activities, but a visit to Coastal Roots Farm is one of the best! This local, 100% organic farm offers a monthly tour, farmstand, and community events throughout the year. During a visit to this 20-acre agricultural gem, you’ll witness food justice and ancient Jewish wisdom in action.

Stay at The Inn at Moonlight Beach!

If you’re searching for an eco-friendly place to stay, there’s truly no better match than The Inn at Moonlight Beach. At its core, our newly renovated inn nourishes life. It’s the first hospitality building in the world undergoing the WELL Building Standard™ certification. Our thoughtful architecture and flourishing gardens make for a truly unique, elegant retreat just blocks from the beach and downtown Encinitas. Thanks to the clean air, purified water, circadian lighting, nutritious food, and on-site spiritual wellness activities, discovering your healthiest, most eco-friendly self begins here.

From our complimentary Healthy Start Breakfast Baskets (packed with locally sourced treats) to the eco-memory foam beds in each room, every detail of your spacious, modern suite is carefully attuned to human and environmental health. You’ll love the airy decor and luxurious perks like a private deck, large soaking tub, and more. No matter what calls you to The Inn at Moonlight Beach, you’ll delight in complimentary amenities like 100% organic cotton robes, aromatherapy diffusers, high-speed Wi-Fi, and locally crafted spa toiletries.


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