Welcome to Encinitas
This charming beach town is nestled along the gorgeous Coast Highway 101.
With six miles of Pacific coastline, Encinitas is the essence of Southern California living. This small community is nestled along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway and located approximately 25 miles from San Diego. Recently named one of the best surf towns in the world, Encinitas is a haven for both amateur and professional surfers.
First established in 1881, Encinitas quickly grew into a thriving community. This seaside town is known as the “flower capital of the world” due to its expansive collection of unique nurseries and gardens (including the stunning San Diego Botanic Garden). Encinitas is also the world’s leading grower of poinsettias, a well-known bright red flower popular during Christmas.
The home styles here are widely varied. Popular styles include contemporary, modern, Cape Cod, Mediterranean, and California Craftsmen. Regardless of what style you like, you’re sure to find something that suits you here!
What to Love
- Enjoy a bonfire at Moonlight Beach
- Celebrate a special night out at The Poseidon Restaurant
- Shop ‘til you drop at the quaint and historic downtown
- Experience world-class surfing
People & Lifestyle
Southern California is known for its relaxed and casual atmosphere, and Encinitas perfectly encompasses that. The city’s historic downtown is lined with surf shops, coffeehouses, local boutiques, record stores, and some of the best eateries in the area. As Surf Town USA, Encinitas is home to popular beaches that are beloved by residents and visitors alike.
With so much to see and do, Encinitas attracts a wide variety of people. Many young families and working professionals call this beautiful community home. Residents here enjoy an urban and suburban feel, and most own their homes.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Encinitas might be a small beach town, but that doesn’t mean you’ll get bored while living here! This community has a lot to offer when it comes to dining, shopping, and entertainment. Enjoy a romantic night out at Le Papagayo
, an upscale restaurant that specializes in Mediterranean and Latin cuisine. Indulge in heavenly authentic Italian food at Trattoria
(be sure to make reservations in advance!). Head over to GOODONYA
for organic and healthy choices, including rice bowls, non-GMO pizzas, and much more. If you love Thai food, then you’re sure to love Plumeria
. This local restaurant is entirely vegan and vegetarian and creates its tantalizing dishes using only the freshest ingredients. After dinner, head over to La Paloma Theater
to catch a film. Since first opening its doors in 1928, La Paloma has hosted many elite Hollywood celebrities.
Things to Do
Residents who are lucky enough to be a part of this community can enjoy a myriad of activities. Encinitas Cruise Nights
take place monthly during the summer. This event sees hot rods, foreign automobiles, classic cars, and Woodies all cruising through Downtown Encinitas. Established in 1989, the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair
has something for the whole family. From live entertainment to children’s rides to food and shopping at over 400 vendors, this festival is a great way to create some memories with your family. Encinitas is known for its beaches, so it’s worth mentioning Swami's
—a favorite with locals that offers top-notch surfing.
Del Mar is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Flora Vista Elementary School, K-6
- Diegueno Middle School, 7-8
- San Dieguito High School, 8-10