If you love breathing in fresh air and exploring the great outdoors, take notes! North County San Diego is a mecca for all things outside. Whether you prefer catching a wave, blazing a trail, or simply soaking up the Southern California sun, you’ll find your perfect plein-air pastime here. Keep reading to learn more about North County San Diego Outdoor Recreation, then check out our complimentary Destination Guide for more local tips!
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Try These North County San Diego Outdoor Recreation Opportunities
Blaze a Trail
North County San Diego’s landscape is a unique mixture of desert, beach, and brush. You’ll experience all three of these elements when you embark on a hiking trail near the town of Encinitas! Look out for striking sandstone cliffs, cacti, and, of course, sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. Here are some trails we recommend hiking when you’re in town:
- Annie’s Canyon Trail at the San Elijo Lagoon
- Torrey Pines State Reserve trails
- The Trails at Manchester Preserve.
Visit a Park
The parks here are absolutely gorgeous! Don’t believe us? Take a look at Moonlight Beach State Park, San Dieguito County Park, or Kit Carson Park and you’ll see what we mean. Whether you and yours want to pack a healthy picnic lunch or simply breathe in the fresh air, visiting a North County San Diego park is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
Have a Beach Day
As you may have already guessed, Encinitas is a beach town! Moonlight Beach (a local, family-friendly favorite) is within walking distance of our inn, so you’ll never be far away from some of the best sand, sun, and surf.
Catch a Wave with the Pros
Speaking of surf: Did you know that Encinitas is one of the top five surf towns in the country? It’s no wonder The Beach Boys wrote their hit song “Surfin’ U.S.A.” with North County San Diego in mind. Head to Grandview, Swami’s, or the famous La Jolla Cove if you want to experience some Encinitas surfing for yourself! Who knows? You may even run into a world-renowned surfer.
Come Back to Serenity at The Inn at Moonlight Beach
After getting a feel for North County San Diego outdoor recreation, it’s time to come back and relax at The Inn at Moonlight Beach. There’s truly no better place to stay in town if you’re seeking a rejuvenating getaway in Southern California. In fact, we were voted the best hotel in North County San Diego by San Diego Magazine in 2019! That’s just one of many ways we’ve been featured in the press. The moment you step into your bright and airy Sublime Suite (complete with premium amenities), you’ll see why our inn offers an experience found nowhere else. By the end of your stay with us, you will have discovered your healthiest, most grounded self! What are you waiting for?