Four Moons Spa
775 N Vulcan Ave., Encinitas
Four Moons Spa feels like an intimate Baja resort, but it’s tucked in the bohemian northern San Diego County town of Encinitas. The grounds of this wellness-focused day spa are earthy and eclectic, filled with leafy plants and mini casitas that make it look like a charming village. The range of spiritual and healing offerings includes astrology readings, medical medium consultations, and energy work. If you’re looking for a more straightforward spa experience, there’s also a robust list of treatments for skin and body, including a truly stellar hot-stone massage.
Ironsmith Coffee Roasters
458 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
A hipster, industrial space with a garage door, free Wi-Fi, and a highly curated, artisanal approach to coffee—that’s the essence of this coffee shop, which would be just as at home in Brooklyn as it is in Encinitas. The space is small, but it has its own roastery, and the baristas are highly knowledgeable about all things coffee. Stroll in on the later side if you can: It may be in a sleepy little beach town, but this place gets packed in the morning. Image courtesy of Kai Diaz.
Hansen Surf Shop
1105 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas
You know those surf shops that make you consider being a surfer for a minute? Hansen is one of them. If you’re serious about the sport, you’re covered—from boards and leashes to wet suits and wax. If you’re more into surf culture than actually standing on a board, you’ve covered, too. Hansen also stocks shoes, hats, bikinis, and all the trappings of someone who spends a lot of time at the beach.