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Coastal city known for its vibrant surf culture and beautiful beaches.

Beachy and historic, Encinitas’ unique collection of nurseries, gardens, and well-tended expanses of the Christmas flower, has earned it the moniker, “Flower Capital of the World”. Lying on a rugged coastal terrace 25 miles north of San Diego, this charming enclave cradles the five separate communities of Olivenhain, Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Old Encinitas, and New Encinitas, the last two divided by a low-lying coastal ridge separating both towns.
Marked by lush golf courses in some parts, and private equestrian facilities in others, a cluster of shopping centers especially downtown where local salons flourish alongside art galleries, bars, and restaurants, Encinitas smoothly balances modernistic conveniences with rustic charm. A mild, Mediterranean climate cloaks the sunny city, where residents can enjoy golf course or beachfront living. Homes are tucked back on quiet, tree-lined streets.

What to Love

  • Active beach culture
  • Skating, hiking, biking, and surfing
  • Amazing restaurants around town
  • Lively festivals

Local Lifestyle

With a suburban feel, Encinitas is a city of pristine beaches and fine parks, ample recreational activities filling the town with energy and charm. Active and healthy living are highly prioritized here, but the beach culture stands out above all else. All around the city’s beach areas are restaurants, shops, and new-age meditation gardens designed to bring an atmosphere of serenity and homeliness. This city is also home to some of the best public schools in the state.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Downtown Encinitas is full of fantastic shops like Encinitas Surfboards and bike store Electra. You can stop in for scented candles in Candles on Tap, and browse home decor at Bliss 101. The Encinitas Ranch Town Center is home to a good number of the town’s coolest retail stores. 
At Union Kitchen & Tap, guests enjoy craft beers and cocktails paired with small plates of New American cuisine in a warmly-lit, rustic-modern setting. Stop at Buona Forchetta - Encinitas for warm Italian wood-fired pies, homemade pasta, and salads, or visit Herb & Sea to satisfy your seafood cravings with shrimp toast, linguini and crab, mussels, and roasted oysters served with bone marrow. And don’t miss out on the cheery atmosphere at Mr. Peabody’s Bar & Grill, which hosts regular live music performances while serving customers loaded baked potatoes, sandwiches, and BBQ wings.

Things to Do

Vendors offer fresh seafood, farm produce, and baked goods every Sunday at the Leucadia Farmers Market, one of Encinitas buzzing markets’ for organic produce and tasty local food. Treat yourself to culinary delights from dozens of local restaurants in one of the greatest events of downtown—Taste of Encinitas, featuring food and wine from participating restaurants.
The Holiday Street Fair thrums with vibrancy and style. Revel in the hustle and bustle as you wander past stalls of craft, pastries, and flowers on Main Street where over 450 unique Vendors entice you with their wares. Live music thrills the air and entertainment reigns supreme with thrilling rides, a kid-friendly beer garden, and more. Come spend the weekend on Moonlight State Beach, boasting a spacious kids’ play area, sand volleyball courts, and a concession stand. This beach is not only family-friendly but also surfer-friendly with plenty of waves and spectacular views.


The Encinitas Union School District is highly acclaimed. Top educational opportunities include:

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