Exploring Encinitas, CA
From the famous surf haven Swami's Beach to the dozens of shops and restaurants, a day trip along 101 to Encinitas offers interesting stores and restaurants along this seaside route north of San Diego.

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Hiking in Batiquitos Lagoon

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One of the few remaining tidal wetlands on the southern California coast, Batiquitos Lagoon in Carlsbad is full of hiking trails and a beautiful lagoon. Bird watchers will love trying to spot the 185 bird species, which naturalists can take in unique flora like pickleweed, lemonadeberry, and iceplant.

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by Jessie Festa
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