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We are here to create the ultimate beach experience while inspiring you to explore life our coasts.  We'll connect you with travel guides, lifestyle tips, and so much more.  Whether you live by the coast, or just wish you did, get ready to explore your ultimate life... beachside!

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea Farmers Market

A small casual market with easy access to parking, Browse the small gifts, jewelry, plants and flowers while shopping your favorite fruits and vegetables. Hot food, with gluten free options. Every Saturday 10am-2pm Mira Costa College.

Leucadia Farmers Market

A vibrant market with a myriad of hot food vendors to choose from as you shop produce, clothing, jewelry and much more. The perfect place for families to picnic in a quaint Encinitas neighborhood on a leisurely Sunday morning. Sundays 9:30am to 1:30pm at Paul Ecke Elementary, 185 Union Street. Parking is tight, but well worth the visit.

Solana Beach Farmers Market

A small market with a bit of everything. Sample hot foods from several food vendors as you browse the market's jewelry, beach clothing, granola, and breads. Located in Solana Beach's Design District on Cedros Drive, Sundays 12pm-4pm.

Carlsbad Farmers Market

A small afternoon weekday market with plenty of hot food vendors to choose from. The perfect place to enjoy a casual Wednesday evening as you shop produce and small gifts. Located on State Street, Wednesdays 2:30pm - 7:00pm.

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The Monterey Peninsula anchors the northern portion of the Central California coast and comprises the cities of Monterey, Carmel, and Pacific Grove, among others. It is most known for The Monterey Bay Aquarium, Pebble Beach Golf Links, Carmel-by-the Sea Village, and Big Sur. The area is also home to many amazing festivals. Below are a few of my favorites worth experiencing this year. Enjoy!

Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival - April 2024

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Located in Monterey, California, the Sea Otter Classic is the largest gathering of cycling and outdoor enthusiasts in North America and offers nearly every type of competitive bike racing and recreational tours imaginable. Riders zoom around the iconic Laguna Seca Raceway, traverse the beautiful rolling hills of Fort Ord National Monument or take in the gorgeous coastal views along the Pacific Ocean.

The Monterey Wine Festival – June 2024

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Professional chefs from the West Coast challenge themselves to make extraordinary chowders. In the Annual Monterey Wine Festival, restaurants come to pay homage to their own special & customer favorite chowders. Guests can sample these previous award-winning chowders, pick their own personal favorites and simply enjoy cuisine that has become synonymous with Monterey and coastal destinations. Wines that pair with chowders are also available and enhance the celebration even further.

Carmel Bach Festival – July 2024

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Carmel Bach Festival began in 1935 as a four-day series of concerts at the Sunset School Auditorium and the Carmel Mission Basilica. Over the years, it has grown and is currently a two-week series of concerts, recitals, master classes, lectures, and open rehearsals.

The Festival’s mission is to celebrate the works, inspiration, and ongoing influence of J.S. Bach worldwide by immersing audiences in a festival experience integrating music, education and ideas, and by meaningful community engagement throughout the year. Our Vision is to be a world class festival of music and ideas transcending the traditional boundaries of performance and presentation, both at the festival and in communities, and to provide fresh musical contexts that spark the imagination, stimulate the mind and enrich people's lives in multi-faceted ways.

Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance – August 2024

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Often said to be the world’s premier celebration of the automobile, Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance began in tandem with the Pebble Beach Road Races of 1950. The Concours was a last minute addition – a social gathering meant to add style to the event. In 2022, the charitable event raised a record 2.8 million for charity, bringing their historic giving total to 35 million.

Monterey Jazz Festival - September 2024

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The Monterey Jazz Festival is the longest running jazz festival in the world and is held on the 20-acre oak-studded Monterey County Fairgrounds. Since 1948, the non-profit Monterey Jazz Festival has been committed to celebrating America’s creativity and cultural heritage by presenting legendary jazz musicians, composers and young rising stars.

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Just south of Oceanside in San Diego's North County is a little must-see beach town called Carlsbad. Founded as a cattle station in 1860, the city was known initially as Frazier Station. It was then renamed as Carlsbad in the 1880.s when the town's mineral waters were found to be similar to those found in Karlsbad in Bohemia. For over a hundred years, people have claimed the health benefits of drinking Alkaline water. Thought to cure chronic diseases, migraines, arthritis, and skin problems, people today travel from as far away as San Francisco to stock up on the water from Carlsbad Alkaline Water's well.

~ Your beach day begins as you make your way onto Carlsbad Village Drive just off the 5 Freeway, south of Oceanside, California. Drive just a few blocks down, and you'll meet rows of little beach shops just waiting to explore. Make sure to stop into the Village Faire in the heart of town to check out Sun Diego Boardshops and their many other shops and cafes. With 36 shops, services, and restaurants, you will be assured of finding something beachy to take home with you.

When appetite hits, make sure to stop into The Coyote Bar and Grill. With live music playing on their outside patio most evenings, Coyote's has become the favored local hangout. Their fire pits are assured to keep you warm on those chilly beach evenings.

After dinner, pick up your sweatshirt and wander down to the ocean's edge. Just a short walk south, and you'll meet wide concrete stairs leading down to a white sandy beach. If you time it right, you'll be greeted by the most amazing golden sunset. Seagulls are often close by to add to your view.

In town, you'll find surfers and beach cruising young people who have stopped into the village for or a quick taqueria taco or for an espresso at the local coffeehouse. When night hits, visitors and locals turn to the town's many restaurants, pubs, and the breweries for their evening entertainment.

If you are in the village on the weekend, make sure to stop into the Daily News Cafe for a delicious brunch or a latte. And then wander down to the Carlsbad Village Art and Antique Mall. If you are in town on Wednesday, plan to visit the village's Farmers' Market.

When branching out from Carlsbad Village, you'll find other points of interest: The Sea Life Aquarium, Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center, LEGOLAND, the Museum of Making Music, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch or the Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

Living in San Diego's North County for even a day or week at a time has become a perfect way to escape my high paced life in Silicon Valley. I try to make the journey once every month or two but in reality, I am sometimes away a bit longer. While down here, I take time to just be present, to slow down enough to be able to sit and feel the sea breeze against my skin. Somehow life just seems.....well, easier down here.

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4462 Sapphire Lane Oceanside, CA 92056


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