Southern Surf Town: Encinitas, CA
Thanks to Baja-blue water and golden bluffs, the coastline of Encinitas, 26 miles north of San Diego, conjures Mexico’s best beaches. So do the tacos.
“Living here is about creating a life that you absolutely love,” says Lauren Duke, a yoga instructor with a surfboard strapped to her Volkswagen. To get a taste, drop in at her studio, Yoga Bergamot, then savor a sandwich under a Big Lebowski silk screen at Solace & the Moonlight Lounge, and head for the sand.
Some 200 steps descend a cliff from Swami’s Park to a beach known for its surf break and tide pools. At the gently sloping Moonlight State Beach, families buzz around the snack bar, playground, and water as watchful lifeguards look on. Close to the beach, Juanita’s Taco Shop offers a fresh take on a corn tortilla, crispy fish, lettuce, and crema. Surf. Eat. Repeat.