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Channel your inner surfer in Encinitas, hailed as one of the world’s best surf towns. It’s impossible not to succumb to its laid-back vibe, with its chilled-out coffee shops, hidden beaches, and friendly locals. While there is plenty to do in town – the San Diego Botanic Garden being one of the star attractions – rent a car and the majestic Californian coast is yours for the taking.

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Encinitas and beyond: Three destinations by car

Set off to explore the beautiful state of California from Encinitas. Here are three spots to discover by car.

San Diego

The vibrant city of San Diego is on the doorstep, allowing you to make multiple forays there during your stay in Encinitas. With world-class attractions and charismatic neighborhoods, there is plenty to keep the whole family busy for days. For something different, visit the vast USS Midway, an aircraft carrier which is now a museum.

Journey time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 26 miles

Newport Beach

Drive north to the swanky surfer town of Newport Beach, the long-popular haunt of the rich and famous. There are mansions, yachts and boutiques aplenty, but also a thriving surf scene and eight miles of beaches. Ride the Ferris wheel on Balboa Island, enjoy a seafood meal on Balboa Peninsula, or set off on a whale-watching tour.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 65 miles

Palomar Mountain State Park

Venture inland to the Palomar Mountain State Park and prepare yourself for some staggering views. Drive through pine, fir and cedar forests, and past mountain meadows bursting with wild flowers, as you climb to 5,000 feet above sea level. The view from Boucher Hill Fire Lookout Towers is considered one of the best in the state.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 62 miles