by LIZ ONUFER | photos by Soul of Photography

Deep Connections to Comunity

To say the family history of the Salgados runs deep in Solana Beach would be an understatement. Paul Salgado is a fourth generation Solana Beach native, and his wife Kristin Peterson-Salgado grew up in neighboring Del Mar. With their two children, Brandon and Evan, the Salgado family continues to deepen their roots in Solana Beach.family_salgado_3

In the 1950s, Paul’s grandfather Tony Salgado purchased land in Eden Gardens and split it among the family. “So we built our house in 2003 on one of the lots and have nine houses of relatives within a block of us,” Kristin shared. Tony also donated the money for the Solana Beach Little League to start fifty years ago. “Tony’s Field” on the backstop of the Solana Beach Little League Majors field recognizes his contributions.


family_salgado_4family_salgado_5The Salgados continue the family traditionon of giving back to the community. “Volunteering in our family is not an option, it’s expected,” explained Kristin. “We believe giving back to the community makes for a stronger community and will ingrain in our boys the importance that they continue to volunteer in the future.” Brandon, a freshman at Canyon Crest Academy, is a member of Teen Volunteers in Action (TVIA) and younger brother Evan will be joining the club in the fall. Paul has served as a volunteer coach for Solana Beach Little League and soccer for the past nine years. Kristin, an optometrist, is a board member of the Del Sol Lions Club and donates eye exams to local school children in need.

The Salgado family continues to grow their legacy. Kristin opened the doors of Solana Beach Family Optometry in 2010. “After 15 years in a busy medical practice, I decided to open my own private optometric practice and offer a more personalized approach,” she shared. Their sons are sharing their talents with the community, as well. Brandon plays the guitar and Evan is the lead singer of a local band. Both boys also play lacrosse with local teams.



As a family, their hobbies include traveling, hiking, biking, going to the movies and the beach, and spending time with family and friends. Beyond the deep family connections of Solana Beach, the Salgado family shared, “We love Solana Beach for its small town feel, good neighbors, and friends who raise their kids with good values.”


Parents: Paul Salgado and Kristin Peterson-Salgado
Children: Brandon (14) and Evan (11)
Community: Solana Beach
Hometowns: Paul – Solana Beach; Kristin – Del Mar
Occupations: Paul – Market operations manager, Kristin – Owner and doctor of Solana Beach Family Optometry
Pets: Cats – Nod and Zoe
Favorite Spots in Del Sol: Tony’s Jacal, Tide Beach Park, Station Sushi, Pizza Nova, Panera Bread