Welcome to Encinitas
Eclectic beachfront community with an artsy vibe
Encinitas is an artsy community and considered one of the best places to live in California. Thanks to its beachy locale and eclectic vibes, it’s a poster community for what it’s like to live in California, where each day, you can head down to the beach and soak up the sun.
Encinitas is home to a wide range of architectural styles, from Spanish family homes to waterfront estates. The one thing that is similar for each however is the amenities available. Many homes are within walking distance to the beach, and for those that aren’t, it’s just a quick drive.
What to Love
- Close proximity to downtown San Diego and several other beach communities
- Lots of different recreation for the entire family
- Breath-taking ocean views and immediate access to world-class beaches
Encinitas offers residents a dense suburban feel and artsy vibes. It’s a fantastic spot to settle down if you’re looking for that quintessential Californian lifestyle, where the mornings are taken up with surfing and the evenings at the trendy new eateries. Young couples will love the relaxed atmosphere of Encinitas, and families will love the multitudes of water sports and outdoor adventuring available.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Le Papagayo is a cozy Mexican restaurant that takes inspiration from Mediterranean and Latin flavors. Not only is the food exceptional, but the service and atmosphere are as well; with live music and friendly staff, dinner at LePapagayo makes for a fun-filled night out. The rustic Union Kitchen & Tap is one of Encinitas’ most frequented restaurants, with craft beers that are paired beautifully with New American fare. Indulge in fresh seafood at the Pacific Coast Grill, a waterfront restaurant right beside Cardiff State Beach. A few other notable spots are Death By Tequila, Valentina, and Las Olas.
The Lumberyard is a popular spot where residents from all over come to shop. It’s primarily made up of locally-owned stores, from gourmet candy shops to high-end boutiques. In Encinitas, there’s no better place to go if you want unique fashion pieces, accessories, and home goods. It’s also a great place to shop if you’re looking to support local businesses. Open for over 60 years, Hansen Surfboards is the prime locale to get all the surfing equipment needed to brave the waves. From boards to bathing suits, you’ll be set to get out onto the water in no time.
Things to Do
Encinitas is home to several beaches where you can swim, play, and surf. . A popular spot to surf, Cardiff State Beach has a campground and wide sandy beach for you to lay out towels and set up umbrellas for all-day fun. Near Cardiff State Beach, you’ll also find the infamous Cardiff Kook statue. The Moonlight State Beach is perfect for all ages, as there’s a snack bar, sports courts, and a playground, not to mention the wide beach and shallow waters. Take a break from the beach and head further inland to the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and Nature Center, with miles of hiking trails and several exhibits to admire.
After a long day of work, meet up with friends at the Solterra Winery & Kitchen, the perfect place for unwinding and enjoying good company. You’ll taste-test house wines and snack on Mediterranean eats. Visit the Leucadia Farmers Market to get all your fresh produce and unique home goods. For a night of live music, Belly Up Tavern is an intimate space that hosts fantastic local talent while you’ll sip on specialty cocktails. And don’t forget to head on over to Quail’s Garden Dr and check out the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course.
Encinitas is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: