Must-Try Adventures in a Golf Cart

San Diego’s North County, with its perfect weather and stunning coastal views, is not just an ideal destination for tourists. Locals love it, too!

While golf carts are traditionally associated with the golf course, you can use street-legal golf carts on designated paths and streets in Carlsbad and along the coast. Don’t worry if you don’t have one in your driveway, you can rent a 4 or 6 passenger golf cart at Carlsbad e-bikes & more in the heart of Carlsbad Village.

Whether you’re entertaining out-of-town guests, celebrating a birthday, or toting around a bridal party, here are nine fun adventures you can enjoy in a golf cart while exploring the beauty of coastal North County.

1. Coastal Joyride

Connect coastal cities with a scenic drive along the Pacific Coast Highway. Feel the wind in your hair and enjoy stunning views of the ocean on one side and quaint neighborhoods on the other. With the sun on your face and the sound of the waves in the background, it’s an invigorating experience that you won’t forget. It’s also the perfect way to show the city to visiting friends and family.

2. Explore Local

Navigate the charming streets of Carlsbad Village, downtown Oceanside, Encinitas, or Solana Beach in your golf cart and explore the quaint shops, boutiques, and cafes in each. Stop by the Farmers’ Market (different days in each city) to pick up fresh, local produce and unique artisanal products. The golf cart allows you to easily park and hop on and off as you discover hidden gems in each of these vibrant communities.

3. Harbor Views and Fish Tacos

Drive your golf cart to Oceanside Harbor and indulge in the scenic views of boats bobbing in the water. Stop by one of the waterfront eateries for a delightful meal of fresh fish tacos, enjoying the ocean breeze and lively atmosphere.

If you visit near sunset, you’ll likely catch a show as the local sea lions vie for a spot on a dock at the far end of the marina.

4. Picnic at a Park

Pack a picnic basket and head to Hosp Grove Park in Carlsbad, Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach, or Buccaneer Park in Oceanside. Enjoy your lunch, and then take a leisurely stroll through the park or beach (depending on where you are). The golf cart provides a convenient and fun way to transport your picnic essentials while enjoying the natural beauty of the surroundings.

5. Discover the Lagoons

Experience the magic of a Carlsbad sunset by taking your golf cart to Batiquitos Lagoon or the Agua Hedionda Lagoon.

These ecological reserves offer peaceful settings where you can witness the sun dipping below the horizon, casting vibrant hues across the sky. Capture the moment and create lasting memories as you unwind in the tranquility of nature. Pack your binoculars so you check out the variety of local birds, and wear comfortable shoes for the trails.

6. Swami’s Self-Realization Fellowship Gardens

Visit the peaceful Self-Realization Fellowship Gardens near Swami’s Beach in Encinitas. Created by Paramahansa Yogananda in the 1930s, its Golden Lotus Tower rises above the white wall along Highway 101 near Swami’s Seaside Park. The gardens are¬†a unique blend of nature and spirituality and are open to all. Take in the beauty of the meditation areas and koi ponds. When you’ve had your fill, stroll the beach and catch the surfers or a beautiful sunset.

7. Cedros Design District

Explore the unique shops, galleries, and boutiques in the Cedros Design District of Solana Beach. Cruise through this artistic haven in your golf cart, discovering handcrafted goods, eclectic art, and stylish home furnishings. The golf cart makes it easy to shop and load up on treasures from this vibrant district.

8. Aviara Nature Trail Adventure

Take your golf cart to the Aviara Community Park in Carlsbad, where you can embark on a nature trail adventure. The park offers picturesque walking paths surrounded by lush greenery and scenic views. Enjoy a leisurely drive through the park, stopping along the way to explore the hidden corners of nature.

9. California Surf Museum

Drive your golf cart to the California Surf Museum in Oceanside, celebrating the rich history of surfing in the state. Park conveniently, explore the exhibits and immerse yourself in the surf culture that has become synonymous with the California coast.

a new golf cart rental in Carlsbad by the beach from Carlsbad e-bikes & more

From parks and lagoons in Carlsbad to the vibrant harabor in Oceanside and the serene gardens in Encinitas, these coastal cities offer a diverse array of experiences for golf cart enthusiasts.

If you don’t own a golf cart, don’t worry! You can pick up a 4 or 6 passenger cart in Carlsbad for a few hours or overnight. Stop by and see us or make your reservation online.

So, rev up your golf cart, cruise the coast, and make the most of the unique golf cart adventures in Carlsbad, Oceanside, Encinitas, and beyond!