If you’re looking for a place to snag some deals on all things surf-related, you’ve got to spend a weekend in Encinitas. Home of the famous Hansen Surfboards, the Hansen Shop and Board Room is a must-see. They have pretty much anything you could need (or want) in terms of surf gear and they also have a huge section of surf-brand clothes like O’neill and Billabong. The store is so large you can practically get lost in it, especially because it extends into a RipCurl Store on the south side!
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Encinitas Surfboards is another great surf shop to check out. Locally owned and family operated, they have a fantastic reputation in terms of customer service and their friendly, laid-back staff. They shape boards in addition to selling gear and surf apparel! If you need advice out how to fix a board, input on a type of fin to purchase or have any questions about the gear you need, this is definitely the spot to go. They will usually bend over backwards to help you out!
Other surf shops also line PCH, such as Catch Surf and Progression Surf Shop (which has board rentals!), that are worth stopping by.
4. Detox from Stress
Nothing promotes a good mood like a mellow day at the beach or a lovely walk along a scenic bluff. Luckily for us, Encinitas has many awesome ways to get some fresh air, chill, and soak up the sunshine.
The streets have wide bike lanes and seeing that many of the streets have unparalleled views of the coast, the bike rides are quite refreshing. Also, many of the neighborhoods along the beaches, such as by D St. or north of Moonlight Beach, are quite charming and are great places for a walk or run.
Of course, walking on the sand is always an incredible option as well! A beach walk is so good for the soul. But, be sure to time it with low tide if you want to walk, not swim, back to your car though!
So, as you plan your next vacation or weekend getaway…
Make a point to stop by Encinitas. Whether you love to surf or are just getting into it, you won’t be disappointed by the surf-related fun that Encinitas has to offer! And if your travel companions aren’t interested in surfing, there’s plenty for them to do as well – the diverse food scene, lovely outdoor spaces and overall charm of the area almost guarantee an awesome trip!