PERFECT BEACH DESTINATION TO ADD TO YOUR LIST FOR 2020
Looking for the perfect destination to experience the quintessential laid-back southern California coastal lifestyle? Look no further than Encinitas, CA. If you want beautiful beaches, endless surf, plenty of yoga, and all the acai bowls your belly can handle, Encinitas should be at the top of your destination list for 2020.
ENCINITAS, CALIFORINIA BEACH TRIP
Most of y’all know things have been crazy around our house with my broken knee and recent surgery, but I finally got around to writing this blog post about our trip to Southern California. In November, I surprised the hubs with a birthday surf trip to Encinitas, California. It was our first time to visit and explore Encinitas and we had a blast! We stayed at Surfhouse Boutique Hotel in the Leucadia neighborhood of Encinitas, CA. To be completely honest, this little city wasn’t even on my radar until my husband mentioned it. It’s definitely a hidden gem! Everything from the hotel, to the close proximity to the beach, and all the amazing restaurants in the area made the trip a great experience!
See below for our 2 night itinerary in Encinitas, CA. I’ll break our trip down into the following categories: hotel, food spots to check out, and the best things to do in Encinitas. I’ve also added my youtube video if you want to watch a recap of our entire Southern California vacation.
SURFHOUSE BOUTIQUE HOTEL IN ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA
As I mentioned above, we stayed at Surfhouse Boutique hotel. I loved the chic hotel room- gives me all the “beachy” surf vibes. Each room was created to represent the local surf breaks and beaches. We stayed in the room called “swamis”, which is inspired by one of the most iconic waves in Encinitas. The hotel rooms featured comfy beds/linen, cute retro surf magazines, and smart TVs with access to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.
FOOD SPOTS TO CHECK OUT IN ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA:
There are so many great food spots to check out in Encinitas-everything was super fresh and delicious. I couldn’t believe how many good food options there were in close proximity to the hotel. It was amazing! Here are some of our breakfast, lunch, and dinner favorites:
Breakfast: Gelato 101-The best acai bowl!!
Lunch: Fish 101– If you’re searching for delicious fish tacos and poke, this is your spot! (Honestly, probably the best Poke bowl I’ve ever had and HUGE portions!!)
Another spot we loved was called Moto Deli. They had a variety of amazing sandwiches including this “Turketta” sandwich!
Dinner: We are big sushi fans, and Kai Ola is definitely on my top 5 list of best sushi I’ve ever had!
5 THINGS TO DO IN ENCINITAS CALIFORNIA
1.) Downtown shopping district: Make sure you leave some time to check out the shopping in downtown Encinitas, California. They have a great selection of cute boutiques, cafes, and great restaurants. I listed all of our favorite food spots above! As far as the shopping goes, we are obsessed with the activewear brand, Vuori, and their flagship store is located in Encinitas. OBSESSED! They have the comfiest athletic apparel! My husband and I both own multiple items from this store, and I am so impressed with the comfort and quality of their stuff. If you do stay at Surfhouse Boutique hotel, you will have to take a car or uber to the downtown shopping area. There is also a cute area that is walkable from Surfhouse Boutique hotel that we loved exploring (considered the Leucadia neighborhood).
2.) Self realization fellowship meditation garden: Find your zen along the cliffs in Encinitas! I highly recommend y’all check this out for some peace, relaxation, and beautiful scenery.
3.) Sunset on the beach: This hotel is 2 blocks away from Beacons beach and it’s so beautiful! Watching the sunset is a major must-do while you’re in Encinitas!
4.) Check out a local brewery: Culture Brewing company was definitely my favorite brewery of the trip! They have a variety of gluten reduced beers, which are so delicious!
5.) Take a surf lesson: Although I personally didn’t do this, I surprised my hubby for his b-day with a surf lesson. You can actually book this through Surfhouse hotel. He did say he had a lot of fun and would highly recommend!
Thank y’all so much for reading about our trip to Encinitas, California. If beach vacations are your thing, I highly recommend this spot as the perfect beach destination to add to your list for 2020. If you like this post, be sure to check out more travel related posts here.