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Daytrip to Encinitis and Solana

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Daytrip to Encinitis and Solana

My wife and I will be staying in Carlsbad but want to take a day trip to Encinitis and maybe Solana Beach in late Sept. We are both seniors and can drive our car but wonder if it'd be easier to just take the train & do a walking tour. In either town we'd be window shopping and have lunch in one & dinner in the other. We will definitely want to see the Spiritual retreat in Encinitis. Train or car is the question. Thank you.

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1. Re: Daytrip to Encinitis and Solana

Drive.

Those locations are just minutes away and it would seem silly to take the train only one or two stops.

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2. Re: Daytrip to Encinitis and Solana

Definitely drive.

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3. Re: Daytrip to Encinitis and Solana

Hi jf101 !

It really depends. Carlsbad to Encinitas is only 10 miles and then Solana Beach is next door to that. Of course, having the car offers more freedom. But, I can see some advantages of taking the Coaster train.

You can buy a day pass on the Coaster which will allow you to stop at both.

http://www.gonctd.com/coaster

You could relax have drinks and after dinner drinks and not worry about driving.

It's really a personal decision, imo.

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4. Re: Daytrip to Encinitis and Solana

Depends upon where you are staying in Carlsbad. Will you need to drive to the train station in Carlsbad? The stops in Encinitas and Solana Beach put you right in the heart of each area's downtown. Actually, Solana Beach doesn't have a downtown but the train stops right across from Cedros Street.

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5. Re: Daytrip to Encinitis and Solana

Thank you to all. We are staying 3 blocks from Carlsbad Village station so I think the train will be easier and more fun than driving and parking.

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6. Re: Daytrip to Encinitis and Solana

In that case, why not? Have a good day!

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7. Re: Daytrip to Encinitis and Solana

If you take the train, you will have to walk quite a bit, but if you are OK with that, and you think its more fun, the train does stop close to the downtowns for both cities and there is a lot you can do within walking distance.

If you drive, just take the 101

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