Encinitas, located along six miles of Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, provides a unique combination of old-world beauty and elegance, as well as new-world culture. Incorporated in 1986, the city 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, with a population of 60,000 people, provides something for everyone. Encinitas draws people from all over the globe with its scenic beaches and rolling hills, famed Botanic Garden, and thriving downtown commercial sector.
Downtown 101 is a century-old seaside shopping area with historic buildings, small shops, sidewalk cafés, specialized retail stores, and upmarket restaurants.
Encinitas has some of California’s most stunning beaches and is well-known for its exceptional surfing conditions. Surfers from all around the world go to Encinitas each year to participate in local surfing contests. The San Elijo Lagoon Reserve is home to almost 300 different bird species throughout the year and is the biggest coastal wetland in San Diego County.
The San Diego Botanical Gardens, replete with an Amazon Rainforest, has the world’s biggest exhibit of bamboo, while the Self Realization Center’s grounds give breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean in a tranquil garden-like environment.
Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round of golf at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, a championship 18 hole, par 72 course with panoramic ocean views. This public course has five tees and can accommodate players of all ability levels.
The year-round enjoyment of our gorgeous parks, beaches, and trails is made possible by the warm California sunlight, making Encinitas a fantastic area to live, work, visit, and raise a family.