Hello - I will be in Encinitas in July with two teenage girls and am looking for budget things to do as well as budget lodging. Any good restaurants to go to and so on. Thanks!
I like Oggi's Pizza and Brewery Company, popular with families just on the east side of Interstate 5.
They are constructing the beach concessions buildings at Moonlight Beach right now. Should be nice when its done.
Things to see in July if it coincides with when you are there is the downtown car show.
You can walk thru the gardens at Swamis overlooking the ocean.
There is also the San Diego Botanic Gardens on the east side of the freeway.
Kahuna Bob has a surf school at Beacons Beach.
You might also look at the Moonlight Beach Motel, good location a little off the coast highway. Friends stayed one night on a local get-away and liked it. There are plenty of good, inexpensive options for food, would help to know more about what you're looking for.
@Darkbeer, nice to hear some feedback regarding the Portofino Beach Inn. Did you know there are no reviews here on TA?
Yes, it recently dropped its association with Choice Hotels (Quality Inn) and became an independent. So TA removed the former reviews, including one I wrote...
Here are photos of my visit when it was a Quality...
The property is a bit unique, the ground level is mainly parking and the front office and pool, the rooms are built above the parking spaces on the next 3 levels, with a pedestrian bridge over the parking area to connect the two sides.
I liked it when it was a Quality Inn, though the free breakfast had less choices than most others in the chain.