Mission Beach
The center of a continuous stretch of beach known as The Strand, which extends over two miles, beginning at the Mission Bay channel entrance and ending at the north end of Pacific Beach. The Strand draws large crowds in summer. A somewhat narrow cement boardwalk parallel's the entire beach. Walking, biking, bicycling, and related activities are permitted on the boardwalk. Various shops, restaurants, and beach rental outfits surround the Mission Beach lifeguard station, at the foot of Ventura Street beside a landmark roller coaster. The north end of Mission Beach is bordered by residential properties, but there are some stores available on Mission Boulevard, a block or so from the beach.
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Ocean Beach
Located just south of the Mission Bay channel entrance. This is a wide beach approximately one mile long. A volleyball area can be found near the north end of the beach. The Ocean Beach Municipal Pier is located at the south end of the beach and is available to the public for walking and fishing. Fishing from the pier does not require a fishing license, but catch regulations are enforced. Numerous restaurants, surf shops, and other commercial establishments are available near the south end of the beach. The north end of the beach is primarily bordered by residential properties. One unique feature of Ocean Beach is Dog Beach, a sandy area at the north end. This is a dog run area where dogs are permitted without a leash at all hours of the day.
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Oceanside
Oceanside is a beautiful city 35 miles north of San Diego and 83 miles south of Los Angeles. This city offers a year-round coastal climate, where the warmth of the sun is an everyday occurrence. Oceanside has 27 city parks, 4 community recreation centers, 3.5 miles of public beaches, a 1,601 ft. fishing pier and a public marina. Oceanside is considered the fifth most desirable climate in the world with the average annual high of 69.1 degrees and average annual low of 52.7 degrees.
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Pacific Beach
PB has about 40,000 residents and 1,200 businesses. You will find surf shops, beach equipment rental stores, more than 20 affordable hotels and motels, some of the best restaurants in San Diego and many clubs featuring nightly entertainment, ranging from rock to jazz. For some however, the best attraction is the Pacific Ocean. You can swim, surf, boogie board, beach comb, sun bathe, snorkel and of course watch the sunset. Roast marshmallows over a beach bonfire in one of the city-provided fire rings. If you prefer the quieter side of life, stroll across Mission Boulevard to Sail Bay, a calm and picturesque inlet. Here visitors can rent windsurfers, paddle boats and sail boats or ride the Bahia Belle, an old-fashioned sternwheeler. info provided by www.pacificbeach.org
Solana Beach
The area encompassing Solana Beach began to develop rapidly, when Lake Hodges Dam was built in 1917-18. The coastline from Solana Beach to Oceanside began to boom in the early 20's. In 1922 Ed Fletcher (an early community leader) purchased 140 acres at $20 per acre from farmer George H. Jones to develop the town of Solana Beach, under the watchful eye of his brother-in-law, Eugene Batcheldor. The Solana Beach area was promoted as an avocado growing center. This paralleled the development of the entire county during the 1924-29 period. In order to provide an ocean view for the town, hydraulic water pressure was used to erode away tons of earth and create the Fletcher Cove entry and beach. This took one man three months with a fire hose, using water that was coming over the spillway at Lake Hodges Dam. Fletcher also built the Bank of Solana Beach, which he subsequently sold to the Bank of America. He was later forced to sell half of Solana Beach when the depression hit in 1929. Solana Beach was officially incorporated as a city in 1986. Approximately 14, 000 residents reside in the 4 square miles beach community of Solana Beach. The Pacific Ocean is to the west, the City of Encinitas to the north and the City of Del Mar to the south. The community is home for many artisans, high tech business and professionals. The elementary school district is composed of five elementary schools, of which only two are actually within the city limits of Solana Beach. The middle school is under the administration of the San Dieguito Union High School District. The high school students in the area attend Torrey Pines High School located to the south of Solana Beach. Additionally there are several private and parochial schools in Solana Beach. The South Cedros area of the City has been developed as an upscale design district that attracts many artisans, decorators and antique dealers. The area continues to be a focal point for the city. Info provided by www.ci.solana-beach.ca.us
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