Whether you prefer sunbathing in the sand or sailing the open waters, these six outdoor escapes in Solana Beach will leave you feeling restored


1. San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

This outdoor sanctuary is only a short trip from beautiful Rancho Santa Fe. Its otherworldly beauty entices artists seeking inspiration, while the reserve’s seven miles of trails attract runners and hikers. This natural wetland is covered almost entirely by the tide twice a day, which makes it an excellent lunch spot for hungry birds and an even better viewing location for avid birders.

2. Annie’s Canyon Trail

Located on the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, Annie’s Canyon Trail (ACT) is especially attractive to hikers looking for a heart-pounding expedition to clear their mind. The ACT marks two pathways as “moderate” or “strenuous” to accommodate adventurers of varying skill levels. Prepare for the trip by enjoying a virtual hike of the trail online. 

3. Fletcher Cove

Fletcher Cove is a piece of paradise, perfect for a relaxing day in the sun. The cove has designated surfing and swimming areas during the summer. You can paddle out to find peace in the quiet, rhythmic motion of the waves or slip into the sea after soaking up the sun’s rays on the shore.

4. Culture Brewing Co.

Cool off in the evening on the patio at Culture Brewing Co. The brewery hosts a wide array of activities. Whether you’re looking to unwind at a local art show or catch up with old friends in Culture Brewing Co.’s tasting room, this Cedros Design District gathering place fosters a sense of community. And their incredible location means you’re less than a half-mile from Fletcher Cove.

5. Magical Adventure Balloon Rides

Put your worries behind you with an enchanting evening in a hot air balloon. Offering shared basket, semiprivate, and private excursions, Magical Adventure Balloon Rides allows guests to cater their experience to their personal preference. For an exceptional evening, consider their Mile High Flight, which reaches an altitude of 5,280 feet. Postflight, toast with champagne, snack on cheese and chocolates, and gaze upon the southern California coastline.

6. San Dieguito County Park

Complete with hiking trails, a basketball court, a baseball field, and ponds, this sprawling park is a green retreat from urban life. The park is separated into two distinct levels that are bridged by a network of hiking trails. Activity Hill sits in the center where visitors can look out over North County toward the coastline. Bring the kids to play on the five playgrounds, and pack a snack to eat underneath the shade trees.


If you’re ready to relax by the Pacific Ocean, contact us today. We can help you find a piece of San Diego luxury real estate that’s perfect for you.