I also have a Beach Casita in Leucadia where I live from Spring to early fall. It's about 300 feet from Beacons and a mile from Ponto's It takes me about 20 minutes to get there from my Vista residence and it's all freeway. 78 to the 5. South to La Costa.
There's nothing wrong with the freeway's as long as you don't go during rush hour. I've been driving both freeways and surface streets for over 3 decades and have never had a problem unless there's an accident or Southbound Vacation or weekend gridlock. Then the surface streets are your best bet.
I'll sometimes get off at Tamarack and cruise the surf line to check the waves out at all the great surf spots i.e. Tamarack, Warmwaters, Turnarounds, The Dip, Carlsbad State Beach, Pontos, Grandview, Beacons, Stonesteps, Moonlight, D Street, Boneyards, Swamies, Pipes, San Elijo campgrounds, Cardiff Reef, Seaside, Tabletops and all the secret peaks in between. There's so many great spots and free parking along the way that are no more than 20 to 25 minutes from San Marcos.
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Driving directions to Ponto State Beach 3D
215 Corte Zafiro
San Marcos, CA 92069
1. Head southeast on Corte Zafiro toward Via Barquero
2. Turn right onto Via Barquero
3. Take the 3rd right onto W Borden Rd
4. Turn left onto N Las Posas Rd
5. Turn right onto W San Marcos Blvd
6. Turn left onto Rancho Santa Fe Rd
7. Turn right onto La Costa Ave
8. Turn right
9. Turn left
Destination will be on the left
10.5 mi â€“ about 20 mins
7680 La Costa Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92009
10. Head east
11. Turn right toward La Costa Ave
12. Take the 1st right onto La Costa Ave
13. Turn right onto Carlsbad Blvd
14. Take the 1st left onto Avenida Encinas
15. Turn left onto Carlsbad Blvd
Destination will be on the right
3.8 mi â€“ about 9 mins
Ponto State Beach
It's the shortest in miles, time and traffic. I love it. Never hit a freeway if you don't have to. I've been here for 34 years and have made that my mission. As you can see it's 16 miles and even though it says 30 min. it hasn't taken me more than about 20 or so ever.
Yes, it will take you about 15-20 minutes to get to Buccaneer Beach in Oceanside, which is probably your closest beach. Of course, as JR mentioned below, if you leave at 5pm on a weekday, it will take longer. Let me know if I can assist you in any other way!
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