Swami’s Beach | Encinitas, CA

One of my first stops in San Diego (Encinitas, to be exact) was Swami’s Beach, about a mile away from my sister’s house. Swami’s is a popular spot for surfers, yogis, and pale tourists from the East coast like me.

You get an amazing view from the top of the cliff, but if you go down to the beach, be prepared to feel the burn on the way up. Tons of stairs!

Downtown Encinitas is equally gorgeous. The main road runs along the coastline and is home to many small businesses (mostly catering to the surfing, yogi, and spiritual communities) as well as bars and restaurants. As a vegan, I absolutely recommend Lotus Cafe. I fell in love with their tempeh tacos and tofu scramble.

-G.G.