Tucked into coastal North County San Diego with a storied surf and yogi history, Encinitas (or shall we say, ZENcinitas) has become a holistic hot spot in recent years thanks to its down to earth vibe and spiritual disposition.
With no short supply of good surf, yoga studios, healthy eats and healing treatments – and just a quick drive down the coast from LA – Encinitas makes the perfect short and sunny getaway for those looking to get out of their usual scene and say sea you later to stress.
Below, we’ve rounded up 7 local gems that are just too good not to share with fellow weekend warriors looking for a wellness fix.
With a resident astrologist and tribe of trusted therapists, practitioners and healers on deck, Four Moons is truly a modern space for wellness. The high vibe oasis offers a variety of dreamy spa treatments (CBD massage or customized crystal essence facial, anyone?) and unique healing experiences like Sacred Alchemy energy sessions and personal astrology readings.
Learn more about Four Moons.
Pop in for a pick-me-up sip or linger a little longer at this small-batch speciality roaster, soaking in the sunlight, friendly faces and fresh ocean breeze. Coffee lovers will appreciate Ironsmith’s clean, house-roasted coffee and espresso, while the Turmeric Ginger Latte and Iced White Coconut Tea is also not to be missed, IMO.
Learn more about Ironsmith Coffee.
Bite into paleo sandwiches and drool over gluten-free goodies. With a cheeky commitment of “nothing to hide”, Nectarine Grove is 100% gluten-free and sources local, organic ingredients for seriously delicious meals with no refined sugars or processed ingredients. Try the Chicken & Waffles for a not-so-naughty treat or sip on a Mint Chip Smoothie for a refreshing post-beach snack.
Learn more about Nectarine Grove.
This intimate, surf inspired boutique motel is located just one block from the beach, restaurants, and bars on the historic highway 101. With eight modern rooms and beach cruisers ready for a sunset bike ride, it’s the perfect place to call home after an epic day in Encinitas.
Learn more about Surfhouse.
A bustling beach sure to be popping (umbrellas) on any warm day, Moonlight Beach is your spot for ocean dips with a side of easy parking, clean bathrooms and prime people watching from sunrise to sunset. Walking a little north or south will score you a more secluded spot on the sand.
Learn more about Moonlight Beach.
Gaze at the ocean, surrounded by luscious foliage and pretty plants. The Meditation Gardens at the Self Realization Fellowship Center (founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda to teach scientific methods of meditation and principles of spiritual living) offers a diversity of colorful plants, meditation nooks, koi ponds, and spectacular ocean vistas – a stunningly beautiful natural setting to relax, get centered and ya know, maybe meditate.
Learn more about the Meditation Gardens.
Your one-stop shop for crystals, sage and meaningful gifts. Peruse the books and tarot cards, spirtz on a spirit spray or two and don’t miss the Crystal Cave across the street. Consider picking yourself up an amethyst as a soulful souvenir that just may encourage smooth travels for your journey home.
Learn more about Soulscape.