Welcome to Encinitas
Bustling, contemporary, and energetic, this city is a blend of old-world charm and new-world culture
Located along six miles of Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas was Incorporated in 1986 and brought together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain, and Leucadia to create a single city. Rich in history and steeped in tradition, Encinitas offers a unique blend of old-world charm and new-world culture. Boasting a population of 60,000 people and lots of pristine beaches and rolling hills, this area features a famous Botanic Garden and lively downtown business district.
There is a great deal of historic architecture in the area, alongside some of the most beautiful beaches California has to offer. Each year, surfers from all over gather in Encinitas to compete in local surfing tournaments, and year-round sunshine keeps residents outside on the beautiful parks, trails, and golf courses.
What to Love
- Rich in history and steeped in tradition
- Many pristine beaches and rolling hills
- Plenty of historic architecture, quaint shops, and cafes
A spectacular place to live, work, and raise a family, there is a young population in Encinitas, which is bolstered by an excellent school district.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Restaurants abound in Encinitas. Local favorites include Pacific Coast Grill, a waterfront venue and airy spot for sushi, mussels, and other seafood options; The Bier Garden, offering elevated pub grub, burgers, and dozens of local brews; Pina Restaurant, a family-owned and operated business serving authentic Mexican Cuisine; and 101 Diner, an old-fashioned American breakfast and lunch joint with surf decor and a handful of sidewalk tables.
Things to Do
At the San Diego Botanic Garden, visitors will find 37 acres of rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden.
Moonlight State Beach Park, which takes its name from the fact that local residents used to come to the area for midnight picnics in the early 1900s, offers swimming, surfing, and fishing opportunities.
Swami’s Beach, an internationally known surfing spot and point break, is also a popular local attraction. San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, one of the largest remaining coastal wetlands in San Diego County, is another beloved locale. The 979-acre reserve is primarily a shallow-water estuary formed where the Escondido and La Orilla Creeks meet the Pacific Ocean. It makes for a beautiful backdrop for weddings and special events.
There’s an excellent school system located in Encinitas. Popular academic choices include: