We are a family with a 5 yr old kid and are planning a 5 day vacation to the San Diego/SoCal area. We were going to stay in the Mission Bay area but after some research we would rather have a smaller beach town vacation and do a couple of day trips to the SD attractions. We want to hire a beach house that is either on the beach or a short walk and would also like access to restaurants, also within walking distance if possible.
We are torn between Laguna beach and Encinitas. I like the look of Laguna beach but its further from San Diego. In reality i think we'll only do a couple of day trips to SD so this may not be a problem. Can anyone tell me what Encinitas is like? I know Moonlight beach looks nice but what does the rest of the town have to offer in terms of hanging out, eating/drinking, local attractions?