Encinitas translated in Spanish meaning “Little Oaks” is also known as the “Flower Capital of the Word” home to San Diego Botanical Gardens, San Elijo Lagoon Reserve, and the Self Realization Center overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
Thriving in the mid 1900’s, the neighborhood of Old Encinitas is dynamic with its surf shops, coffee houses, and record stores. There are so many hidden gems just waiting to be discovered.
Encinitas is ranked among the 20 best surf towns, by the National Geographic. There are many beaches along Encinitas’s 6 mile coastline, from Cardiff-by-the-Sea to La Costa. Swami’s Beach is forever immortalized in the song “Surfin’ USA”. Moonlight Beach, San Elijo State Beach, and Boneyard Beach are among some of the other local favorites.
Encinitas area consists of five communities:
Old Encinitas: A small beachside area featuring a mix of businesses and housing styles. The Encinitas welcome arch, the famous surf break Swami’s, and the early 20th century La Paloma Theater. Old Encinitas is divided from New Encinitas by a low coastal ridge.
Olivenhain: A semi-rural region in eastern Encinitas, composed of mostly single family homes, an active 4-H Club, and several private equestrian facilities. Olivehain connects to Rancho Santa Fe via Encintas Blvd.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea: Encinitas’ southernmost oceanfront community, which features streets named after British cities and classical composers, the Lux Art Institute, and the San Elijo Campus of Mira Coasta College.