May 30th, 2013
North County San Diego is an intriguing area with lots of natural beauty including miles of stunning coastline, rolling hills and coastal lagoons. The locals in this region spend their free time enjoying typical activities in San Diego like surfing, kayaking, swimming, laying on the beach and hiking the local trails during the day and enjoying live music, beachfront dining and local bars at night. It’s a bustling area with a fun mix of young people, families and San Diego natives that make North County a popular destination for San Diego visitors any time of year.
From Del Mar to Oceanside, North County is full of big attractions and San Diego activities to take advantage of. It can be a little overwhelming for first time visitors who want to make the most of their stay, so here are some suggestions from a native for fun things to do and do not miss attractions in San Diego’s North County.
- Hit the Beach: It wouldn’t be a complete San Diego vacation without some major beach time and North County is home to some of San Diego’s nicest beaches. For visitors looking to join the crowds and spend a day on a big white sand beach, Moonlight Beach in Encinitas is perfect. It’s an expansive beach with bathroom facilities, a lifeguard station, playground and plenty of parking, making it easily accessible for a full beach day with the family in San Diego. For visitors traveling with their four-legged companions, Del Mar Dog Beach is ideal. This beautiful beach bordering the San Dieguito river mouth is an off-leash dog beach except during summer when leashes are required June 15th through Labor Day. Visiting pooches will love meeting new friends and playing in the waves at this beautiful dog friendly San Diego beach.
- Try a New Outdoor Activity: San Diego locals are known for being active and it’s no surprise why. With gorgeous topography and landscape, visitors in San Diego’s North County will want to be outside every day of their vacation, and the best way to make the most of it is by trying a new outdoor San Diego activity. The most popular thing to do in San Diego’s North County is surf, so take advantage of the many surf companies offering lessons and board rentals throughout North County. This area is also a great place to rent a kayak and check out the Carlsbad Lagoon, play a round of golf at the world class Torrey Pines Golf Course or try your hand at sand volleyball at one of the many beaches.
- Check-out Local Attractions: North County is home to two big-name, heavy-hitter San Diego attractions: LEGOLAND California and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Both are great for families and LEGOLAND caters specifically to young kids. The Safari Park is an interesting take on the typical zoo experience with the Africa Tram where guest can view wild animals living together in a large environment. North County San Diego is also home to some smaller attractions like The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch® and stunning Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve where visitors can hike through rare Torrey Pines trees on the cliffs above the Pacific Ocean with stunning views of La Jolla and Del Mar.
There is no better place to enjoy a family-friendly vacation in San Diego than North County. Visitors can spend all day outside enjoying all San Diego has to offer and then top off the day with a relaxing evening enjoying all the comforts of home with their Beach Front Only vacation rental in North County San Diego.
This article was written by Carli Leavitt, the editor of SanDiego.com. Carli is a San Diego native with a wealth of knowledge about local hotels, beaches, things to do and nightlife venues in San Diego County.
March 8th, 2013
The Carlsbad 5000 is fast approaching! On April 7, thousands will race in this famous event, where 16 world records have been set! The course is right in the beautiful town of Carlsbad, and 2 miles of it runs right along the ocean! You can either take part in your gender and age group race, or you can take part in 5 races and participate in the all day 25k challenge.
Along with all of the exciting races, there is also a beer garden and refreshments, a weekend health and fitness expo, swag bags for all participants, and more!! For detailed information on all of these events, visit the Carlsbad 5000 Website.
This is a perfect weekend to experience Carlsbad and all that North County San Diego has to offer! If you have a group coming for the event and need lodging, we actually have 2 rentals available that sit right in downtown Carlsbad on the Beach! Our 9 Bedroom Oceanfront Rental can sleep 26 people, so bring your family, friends, and then some! We also have a 4 bedroom available that can sleep 10. These will fill fast! We also have several options in Oceanside, just about 1-2 miles north on the coast. Contact us today to book a beachfront rental!
February 18th, 2013
Press release January 30, 2013
Sweat it out in oceanside:
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA BEACH TOWN IS A LEADER IN ATHLETIC TOURISM
New Life Time Tri Championship Event Added to 2013 Calendar
Oceanside, Calif.- January 30, 2013- Whether looking to train like an elite athlete, experience a sport for the first time or
simply be inspired by a front row seat to world-class sporting events, Oceanside, San Diego’s North Shore, is a mecca for the fitness-minded traveler. A year-round calendar of elite athletic events, abundance of recreation options and stellar outdoor-oriented climate, put this coastal town at the forefront of Athletic Tourism. Adding to the destination’s increasing allure is the announcement of the new Life Time Tri Oceanside, an international distance triathlon set for October 20, 2013, which serves as the 2013 Life Time Tri Championship.
“Athletic tourism encompasses a broad definition of activities and events,” said Leslee Gaul, CEO of Visit Oceanside. “On the one hand it can include visitors who have made a new or renewed pledge to getting in shape and want a vacation that can motivate them and kick start a new fitness program. For those in peak condition already, it can mean finding new ways to push their limits, such as a premier running event, triathlon or sporting competition.” Read the rest of this entry »
February 13th, 2013
This year, San Diego is lucky enough to host the start line of the Amgen Tour of California, taking place May 12-19! The route will start in Escondido, and then go through cities including Palm Springs, Santa Barbara, San Francisco, and finally ending in Santa Rosa.
This tour is known as America’s most successful cycling race, with athletes competing from all over the world. The 8 day event brings the drama and excitement of professional cycling to California!
For more information on the race, visit their website at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com
If you are in town for the race, Beachfront Only is the perfect place to stay. Cycling teams love our rentals because the team can stay together, but still have their own bedrooms and bathrooms, plus they can have a garage to safely store and work on their bikes.
February 5th, 2013
Stroll through some museums – it is museum month which means half off admission on over 40 entrance fees!
Celebrate early at the Carnevale celebration in Little Italy. Takes place on February 9th, and features live music, dancing, great Italian food, stilt-walkers, and mask-making for kids.
Take a chauffeured wine tour, or do the “Love Train” Valentines wine tour on the Coaster!
Spend a night at the Symphony with Scheherazade, a performance based on 1001 Arabian Nights. Performances on February 8, 9, and 10.
Partake in one of numerous Mardi Gras Celebrations! In downtown there is the French Connection and Mardi Gras in the Gaslamp, head over to Hillcrest for Fat Tuesday, or experience Brazil Carnival Mardi Gras Ball at the San Diego Museum of Art a little earlier on Feb 9.
Experience the Russian Ballet with either Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet on Feb 13, or Prokefiev’s Cinderalla on Feb 14.
Other ideas – enjoy a spa day, take a peaceful hike on one of many of San Diego’s gorgeous trails, or spend the night in cooking dinner for yourself or your loved one!
January 28th, 2013
Museum Month is back for the 24th year in San Diego. Presented by Macy’s, this popular event allows participants to enjoy half-off entry fees at 42 San Diego Museum Council membership museums. Pick up your pass starting on February 1 at any San Diego Macy’s store. Participating museums include Birch Aquarium, California Surf Museum, Maritime Museum, Oceanside Museum of Art, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, Automotive, Natural History, and Children’s Discovery Museum, USS Midway Museum, and so many more!! Pick up your pass and get cultured during the month of February!
January 7th, 2013
Ironman 70.3 California is approaching fast! The event is completely sold out, and set to take place March 30th in Oceanside, CA. This is the only time of the year that anyone is allowed to swim in the Oceanside Harbor! The bike portion goes through the rolling hills of Camp Pendleton and the coast of San Clemente State Parks. The running portion goes along the Oceanside coast, with miles of white, sandy beaches.
Beachfront Only is lucky enough to have homes located directly on the course!! If you are a participant, coming to cheer on a participant, or just wanting to watch and experience the event, our vacation rentals along S. Pacific Street are the perfect place to stay!
For more information, visit the Ironman Website.
Book a property online today and use the promo code “iron2013bfo” to receive a 10-15% discount (depending on length of stay).
Stay on the beach in Oceanside for Ironman 70.3 and be directly on the course! Contact us today!