Located along six miles of Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, Encinitas has an approximate population of 60,000 and is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs and rolling hills. Encinitas was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia.
Downtown 101 is a coastal shopping district over 100 years old featuring historic architecture, quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants framed by beautiful flower baskets. The organization Downtown Encinitas Merchants Association (DEMA) is a great resource for information on business in Encinitas.
The beaches in Encinitas are outstanding. There are many stretches of beach that lie between Cardiff-by-the-Sea and La Costa. The surfing is unbeatable and many surf contests are held throughout the year in Encinitas. The San Elijo Lagoon Reserve is the largest coastal wetland in San Diego County and is home to nearly 300 different bird species throughout the year.
The natural beauty of our communities, along with temperatures between 40 and 85 degrees year-round make Encinitas a spectacular place to live.
Located between Carlsbad and Encinitas, Leucadia is a quaint beachside community, well-known as being a prime surfing spot. The lifestyle revolves around the beach and the activities associated with it.
Cardiff-by-the Sea (92007)
Located between Encinitas and Solana Beach, Cardiff by the Sea is a quaint beachside community 25 miles north of San Diego. It is home to the San Elijo Lagoon, with great bird-watching sites and ideal hiking trails. Restaurant Row, along Highway 101, provides great dining restaurants with fantastic views of the Pacific Ocean. It is a charming town that bases many of its activities around the ocean.