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San Diego to Encinitas drive

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  San Diego
 Old Town San Diego
 Trestles
 Westfield UTC
 Torrey Pines State Park
 Self-Realization Fellowship
driving   /   1 day   /   no pets   /   no RV

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San Diego to Encinitas road trip planner

Here's a sample itinerary for a drive from San Diego to Encinitas. If you're planning a road trip to Encinitas, you can research locations to stop along the way. Traveling with a dog or cat? View pet-friendly stops between San Diego and Encinitas. Camping along the way? View RV campgrounds between San Diego and Encinitas. Find the best hotels, restaurants, and attractions based on the most talked about places recommended by Trippy members.

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10:00 am  start in San Diego
drive for about 14 minutes

10:14 am  Old Town San Diego
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 11:14 am
drive for about 11 minutes

11:25 am  Trestles
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 12:25 pm
drive for about 8 minutes

12:33 pm  Westfield UTC
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 1:33 pm
drive for about 11 minutes

1:44 pm  Torrey Pines State Park
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 2:44 pm
drive for about 15 minutes

2:59 pm  Self-Realization Fellowship
stay for about 1 hour
and leave at 3:59 pm
drive for about 5 minutes

4:04 pm  arrive in Encinitas
stay at L'Auberge Del Mar

driving ≈ 60 minutes




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Where should I stop along the way?

Old Town San Diego  (17 mentions)

Trestles  (2 mentions)

Westfield UTC  (3 mentions)

Torrey Pines State Park  (18 mentions)

Self-Realization Fellowship  (7 mentions)


Where's the best place to stay in Encinitas?

Are you going straight to a hotel, or looking for a vacation rental or Airbnb?

The best resource on neighborhoods, areas, and hotels is the Trippy page on where to stay in Encinitas.

If you're looking for a quick answer, you can check out L'Auberge Del Mar, which was mentioned 4 times on Trippy.

Here are some more hotels people talk about:

Tamarack Beach Resort  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular hotels in Encinitas? Click the blue button below.




Where's the best place to eat in Encinitas?

Need some recommendations on somewhere to get food?

Trippy members suggest Swami's Cafe, which was mentioned 4 times.

Here are some more restaurants people talk about:

La Costa Resort & Spa  (3 mentions)
Jake's Del Mar  (2 mentions)
Pacifica Breeze Cafe  (2 mentions)
PAON  (2 mentions)

Want to research more popular restaurants in Encinitas? Click the blue button below.




What are some things to do in Encinitas?

This section could be endless, so rather than trying to suggest every local activity or attraction, we'll leave it open-ended.

These are some of the places people talk about on Trippy:

Legoland  (8 mentions)
Swami's Beach  (5 mentions)
Del Mar Racetrack  (3 mentions)
Del Mar Plaza  (3 mentions)

Of course, Trippy is the perfect place to ask questions because there's an entire community of travelers talking to each other and sharing tips and advice. Trippy is where you can get answers personalized for your tastes, budgets, trip dates & more!

For example, here are some questions people have asked about Encinitas. Click on any question to see answers from the community!

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What's the best neighborhood in Encinitas for a first time visitor?  (4 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
What is your favorite restaurant in Encinitas?  (2 answers)

profile  Katie from Los Angeles asked:
Best free things to do in Encinitas?  (2 answers)

Click the button below to explore more questions and answers related to Encinitas.




Do I really have to go back home?

Yes, even this step is optional, because if you're on vacation who wants the trip to end? It's okay, you can start planning your next trip!

Want to plan the trip back? Get the reverse directions for a Encinitas to San Diego drive, or go to the main page to plan a new road trip.

You can also compare the travel time if you're flying or driving by calculating the distance from San Diego to Encinitas. Or get a full San Diego to Encinitas flight plan.

Don't forget about exploring your own hometown with a staycation. You can also find some cool day trips or get away for a weekend. Maybe try typing in a faraway location like London, Hong Kong, or Sydney, and get inspired for your dream trip around the world.

And if you know San Diego well, please help your fellow travelers and answer their questions about San Diego!





At a Glance
without making any stops
total driving distance is 25 miles
driving time of 28 minutes
249 San Diego travel answers
27 Encinitas travel answers





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