Solana Beach is the perfect little coastal community with charming shops and restaurants along old Highway 101.
The city is home to a lively train station that serves both Amtrak and the Coaster.
The beaches may seem hard to access as the high cliffs go right to the water’s edge in many places, but look for the staircases along the cliffs to find access to some fabulous secluded beaches. Fletcher Cove Park,Tide Beach Park, Seascape Surf, or Del Mar Shores offer stunning sunsets with great surfing, snorkeling swimming, and picnicking.
The area was first settled by the San Dieguitos, early Holocene inhabitants of the area. During the Spanish colonial era, trails heading north near Solana Beach crossed inland to avoid the marshes and inlets of the area. The George H. Jones family were the first settlers in the area now known as Solana Beach, arriving in 1886.