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San Diego/la Jolla/Carlsbad

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San Diego/la Jolla/Carlsbad

Active couple staying in Carlsbad Nov 2-7. Need help planning activities from there to San Diego. Interested in active outings like hiking, trail running, kayaking, biking; sightseeing beautiful scenery; shopping off the beaten path, e.g. cool boutiques; good eats. Not into kiddie parks or touristy haunts, except maybe the zoo. Thank you!

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1. Re: San Diego/la Jolla/Carlsbad

Check out Torrey Pines state reserve - great views, hiking, and the beach.

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2. Re: San Diego/la Jolla/Carlsbad

Hi Terri,

For Kayaking, I suggest La Jolla Cove. It's a bit "touristy" but locals love it too. If you head over to La Jolla Shores there are a few businesses that run kayak tours and rentals.

For hiking, if you are open to going inland there is Mt. Woodson Trail out in Poway. There's also Torrey Pines Reserve as mentioned above.

For shopping/boutiques Encinitas (along PCH), Solana Beach Cedros District, Little Italy, North Park, Hillcrest are a few neighborhoods that have nice boutiques. I also suggest Capricorn Boutique in Bird Rock La Jolla.

For food, if you're in La Jolla: Girard Gourmet, Michele Coulon Dessertier, Prep Kitchen, Whisknladle, are restaurants/cafes I suggest. Little Italy is also filled with great restaurants (Benocotto's is one of them)...also grab gelato from Papaleccos if you decided to go to Little Italy.

Since you're in Carlsbad, check out Pizza Port for yummy pizzas and their micro-brews.

Be sure to enjoy fish tacos. My 2 personal favorite places for fish tacos are going to be Oscar's (one located in north pacific beach near la jolla) & Bahia Don Bravo also in Bird Rock La Jolla.

The Coast Highway is great for scenery. SInce you're staying in Carlsbad, I suggest heading south into Encinitas on your run, walk, or bike.

Hope this helps, and enjoy your time :)

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3. Re: San Diego/la Jolla/Carlsbad

I second november-moon on Torrey Pines State Reserve. Nice for hiking, trail running, and great scenery.

EatnDrinkLJ has some good suggestions on kayaking at La Jolla Shores. Hiking at Mt.Woodson is fine, but I prefer Iron Mountain for some great conditioning hike or run. There is also Cowles Mountain. All three are pretty popular, so try to go early in the day. Bring water.

What kind of biking do you like to do? For street biking, you can rent on the same street in La Jolla Shores where the kayak outfits are. Keep in mind that San Diego drivers are often not aware of bikes, so ride defensively.

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4. Re: San Diego/la Jolla/Carlsbad

black's beach below torry pines is a nice beach for a long walk. clothing optional so if that's a problem don't go there. "the strand" south of the hotel del has some nice beach areas and long run.

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5. Re: San Diego/la Jolla/Carlsbad

In addition to above, Del Mar is a tony and upscale neighborhood with boutique shopping, both on the main drag known as Camino del Mar and in a nice shopping center, Del Mar Plaza....both of these locations are near the coast......you can take a nice detour inland and wind up in plush Rancho Santa Fe, which is an exclusive equestrian neighborhood with expansive and expensive estates lined with huge Palm tree streets--be sure to check out a cocktail at the posh Rancho Valencia Resort's Pony Room or dinner at Veladora--extremely nice grounds, yet not stuffy and a nice contrast to the coast.......on your way up towards Carlsbad you can stop off in Encinitas and continue up the coast--you might wish to check out Solterra Winery and Kitchen in Leucadia (I've heard nothing but great things about this place and will be checking it out on Friday--tapas and wine).....finally, though not 'boutique', there is a great Factory Outlet Mall in Carlsbad that has some upscale stores that you might not find at all and/or other, typical outlet malls--this would include a Salvatore Ferragamo outlet store and a Barney's NY outlet store.

Lastly, have you considered a hot air balloon ride--that would certainly be different if it is a nice day...here's one company, you can probably do more Google searches for other companies:


Edited: 31 October 2013, 02:10
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6. Re: San Diego/la Jolla/Carlsbad

+1 Rancho Santa Fe. For a lovely but not exclusive dining option there (many of them are) try Thyme in the Ranch. Just off the "square." Great baked goods but lunches are super, especially the salads. Try to snag a seat on the patio. http://www.thymeintheranch.com/ Some fun shopping there as well.

Agree too with the recommendation for the Cedros section of Solana Beach. For dining in that area there I like Clare's on Cedros, Zinc and the Wild Note Café.

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