Introduction to Solana Beach, California

Solana Beach, California, in San Diego County, is 3 miles S of Encinitas, California (center to center) and 20 miles N of San Diego, California. The city lies within the San Diego metropolitan area. Solana Beach has a population of 12,979.

Solana Beach History

The area was earlier known as Lockwood Mesa. The first settler was George H. Jones who came down with his family in 1886. The area and its surroundings witnessed rapid progress after the building of the Lake Hodges Dam. It was Colonel Ed Fletcher who bought 140 acres from Jones in order to develop a town. The area was incorporated as a city in 1986.

Solana Beach and nearby Attractions

  • City Hall Art Gallery
  • Fletcher Park
  • Cedros Design District
  • Belly Up Tavern
  • Fletcher Cove Beach Park
  • Windward Plaza Shopping Center

Things To Do In Solana Beach

The beach is excellent for relaxing, swimming or indulging in water sports. The city hosts recreational programs and activities throughout the year. There are several parks as well as facilities for playing tennis, golf, basketball and other sports. The arts district Cedros is well worth a visit and Belly Up Tavern guarantees an entertaining nightlife.

Solana Beach Transportation

The San Diego International Airport is a short drive away.

Solana Beach Higher Education

San Diego Miramar College serves the area.


Total Population 13,146
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 20.2%
Employed Population 16+ 6,449
Age of the Population 45


% of people married 51.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 60.1%
Median Earnings25+ $51,827
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,441
Median Earnings With High School Degree $18,850


Median Family Income $112,217
% Above Poverty Level 93.6%
% Below Poverty Level 6.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 16%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.6%
% Using Public Transportation 2.3%


People Living Alone 29.7%
Median Gross Rent $1,910
Median House Value $959,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33.6%
US/American 0.3%
English 10.6%
Irish 12%

Solana Beach Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 3 miles S of Encinitas, California (center to center)
Nearest Large City 20 miles N of San Diego, California
County San Diego
Metro Area San Diego
Standard Zip Codes 92075
Phone Area Codes 858
Time Zone Pacific (-8 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.991
Longitude -117.27

Solana Beach Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 44 to 67 F
Apr Temp 49 to 70 F
Jul Temp 61 to 81 F
Oct Temp 55 to 77 F
Annual Precip 11.9 inches
Distance 17.3 miles
Jan Temp 45 to 64 F
Apr Temp 51 to 65 F
Jul Temp 63 to 72 F
Oct Temp 56 to 71 F
Annual Precip 11.1 inches
Distance 17.4 miles
Jan Temp 39 to 70 F
Apr Temp 46 to 76 F
Jul Temp 58 to 90 F
Oct Temp 50 to 83 F
Annual Precip 14 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Carlsbad 109,296 $106,924
Del Mar 4,242 $123,938
Encinitas 61,008 $111,696
Escondido 147,603 $53,983
Poway 49,040 $109,110
San Marcos 87,808 $63,866
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