There are so many wonderful beaches stretching north from San Diego through Oceanside. I have covered this area in other blogs and I’m going to refer you to them as we have a lot of ground to cover before we get to San Jose.

One of the best ways to see a quick overview of the shoreline is by taking a ride on the Coaster.   You will travel through Del Mar, Solana Beach, Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, Leucadia, Carlsbad and arrive at Oceanside.

At Encinitas the shoreline becomes very interesting as does the surf. Encinitas is home to three beaches – Moonlight State Beach, Boneyards and Swami Beach… a favorite of surfers.  It is also a great place to explore the cliffs for fossils.  The tide pools hold some very interesting sea life.

Carlsbad State Beach is another favorite.

And Oceanside again is a terrific beach and a definite favorite for those living in San Diego’s North County.

Before we leave US Highway 101 and proceed north on California Highway 1 which is the official beginning of the Pacific Coast Highway we have two more stops — Camp Pendleton and San Clemente.

Camp Pendleton is a major West Coast base for the United States Marine Corps.  It covers 125,000 acres or 200 square miles.  It stretches for approximately 25 miles along the Pacific shore.  Despite the “Don’t Feed The Birds or Animals” signs birds, squirrels and chipmunks don’t have a problem with it and many will eat right out of your hand.  They fear no one.  The sunsets, as you might imagine, are spectacular.

San Clemente borders Camp Pendleton on the north and is located in Orange County.  Their city slogan is befitting this beautiful community:  “Spanish Village by the Sea”.

And now it’s time to move along to what is the REAL Pacific Coast Highway.  What a shame that this portion of the Pacific Coast has not been recognized as a part of the renowned and most traveled Pacific Coast Highway.








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