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Tranquil garden sanctuary with panoramic Pacific Ocean views, meditation spots, koi ponds, and diverse plants for a restful retreat. Ideal for contemplation and connecting with nature.
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Secluded beach with a vibrant surf and dynamic tides, complemented by early bird parking and sunset views. Patrons may find a tranquil spot to unwind.
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Botanical garden with diverse trails, shaded walkways, and a blend of native and exotic plants. Includes a treehouse and conservatory amid natural scenery.
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  • MCK
    3,377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely beautiful! If you are in Encinitas, it is well worth the visit on a beautiful day. Parking is on the street. The entrance is at the main building. The gatekeepers are very nice. They just ask that you turn the volume of your phone off, as it is a quite place to meditate. The are also restrooms for visitors. The garden is immaculately kept with plenty of shade and seats to sit and enjoy. It an easy walk through for all ages. The gardens are free but there are donation boxes throughout if you wish to donate for the upkeep of the gardens. You can spend as much time as you want.

    My friend and I got lucky and got a parking spot a short distance from the entrance. The weekday (Wednesday) and the time we went (about 2:00 PM) was not crowded at all. We spent about and hour and a half strolling and enjoying.
    Written April 14, 2024
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  • Stephanie C
    Brooklyn Park, MN188 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A nice, clean beach to visit! There are several lifeguard stands scattered on the beach, beach volleyball, outdoor showers, concessions, etc. There is a free parking lot above the beach with two ramps to choose from to get to the beach itself. There is also street parking nearby, but those are some steep hills! I'd recommend the parking lot if you can.
    Written July 6, 2024
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  • Curt F
    6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I was a bit disappointed in the gardens. I just felt there would be more. There is free parking and a children's area. They certainly seemed to be enjoying themselves, so it was great hearing the children's laughter.
    Written July 3, 2024
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  • srimanone
    Joshua Tree, CA1,029 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Yes that’s right, no more sand anywhere near here. Very rocky beach and dangerous to traverse. Need to be very careful and not advised for older folks. The walk down the steps and watching the sea is always welcomed
    Written August 31, 2023
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  • brmusicman
    Chicago, IL3,078 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We were in the area for a long weekend and headed to the lagoons for a hike.

    It was a little different than we expected, as we were anticipating some lovely coastal views, given its location just off highway 101. However, there aren't really views of the water.

    That said, it's a pretty nature reserve that attracts a lot of birds as well as lots of native plants. There were trails throughout and we enjoyed the nature scene, quietness, bird sounds, and the fish (including trout that jump out of the water). It was good to see the area preserved.

    There was a small interpretive center with a couple of interesting little exhibits, as well as some informative signs throughout the preserve.
    Written July 13, 2024
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  • Susan h
    Tucson, AZ332 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very accessible beach, especially if you can find free parking along Hwy.101. It’s dog and people friendly. The south end of the beach near the parking lot ($15 or park pass) is more crowded. This is a great beach for walking your dog, just hanging or a picnic. Waves are smaller but plenty of boogie boarders, not as many surfers.
    Written June 16, 2023
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  • phillynee
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an amazing library! Everything about it is beautiful. It seems like something is always happening there, including free concerts and poetry writing. The kids books are grand. There's something for everyone and the view of the Pacific is beyond amazing from this library's deck!
    Written September 16, 2023
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  • Mary Ella
    12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I LOVE this farmers market. It is a weekly tradition for me and my family. The vibes are seriously amazing and there is so much fresh produce. I would definitely check out Thai DD for the most delicious pad see ew, Kombucha Cares for really yummy kombucha on tap, House of Bao for delicious bao buns and dumplings, and Superfood and Company for amazing kefir soda!! Also, Miho of Miho's Jewelry makes the most beautiful rings, necklaces, and earrings. Anytime I have a birthday to shop for, I go to her stand!
    Written July 17, 2023
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  • Ro F
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    beautiful views, great weather. secure beach walking or swimming when posible. great place to visit
    Written October 27, 2023
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  • MCK
    3,377 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My mother had the green thumb and a beautiful orchid garden. When I was in Encinitas, I found this place on "things to do", so I had to check it out. It definitely did not disappoint. If you are looking to buy or use the Orchid Hotel or just see all the beautiful plants then its worth the trip. The place is hard to find and easy to pass the driveway up. It is small and doesn't take much time to go through the store displays but worth it if you are in Encinitas.
    Written April 13, 2024
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  • tawsr
    Louisiana1,178 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I can locate bargains, 6 Guinness bottled, a huge slab of Turkey w/ Brussel Sprouts + 1.5 liters water.
    Hotel across the street (Encinitas Blvd) - good night folks! 1 train away from a 1 week party!
    Keep partying, don’t let anything get you down!
    Written November 19, 2023
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  • William C
    El Cajon, United States234 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Family members spend a week here every summer and we're always thrilled to come by and spend a day with them. The views from the bluffs above the beach are spectacular. The stairways down to the beach are not for the faint of heart, and the rocks on the beach and in the shallows can be somewhat bothersome.
    Written August 5, 2022
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