Trip Tips: A gnarly ride through San Diego's beach towns

Thu Apr 3, 2014 9:11pm EDT
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By Mary Milliken and Mike Blake

ENCINITAS, California (Reuters) - This might just be the easiest suitcase to pack: running shoes, flip-flops, bathing suit, shorts, T-shirts, a hoodie and sunscreen.

That's the unfussy uniform that works almost everywhere in the beach towns of San Diego's North County, the location of choice for elite athletes in training, skateboarders-turned-entrepreneurs and smart people who have figured out how to live, work and play by the ocean.

The towns stretched out along California's famous Highway 101 - Encinitas, Solana Beach and Del Mar - hum with the physical activity of their super-fit denizens. But they also offer the laid-back vibe that comes with a deeply ingrained surfing culture. (Map:

Here are tips for getting the most out of a trip to San Diego's beach towns from Reuters, whose 2,600 journalists in all parts of the world offer visitors the best local insights.


In the old days, cars travelling between Los Angeles and San Diego would have to climb a narrow, twisting and steep road through the area known as Torrey Pines.

Now cyclists, runners and hikers scale the road and then take trails lined with the rare Torrey pine tree down to golden cliffs and a long, pristine state beach. It is a stellar combination of exhilarating workout and dramatic scenery. (

Golfers will know Torrey Pines for its two 18-hole oceanside championship courses, which hosted the U.S. Open in 2008 and will do so again in 2021. Apart from its prime placement, Torrey Pines stands out in the golf world because it is a municipal course open to the general public. ( ml)   Continued...

The city skyline of San Diego, California, is shown from the island of Coronado, California April 3, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake