Encinitas has been referred to as the place where east meets west.

Welcome to Encinitas

Where salt meets the sand

Sunny, sandy Encinitas is a beach town unlike any other. This eclectic community is located 25 miles north of San Diego with six miles of scenic Pacific coastline. Famous for its surf-friendly waves, Encinitas averages 263 sunny days a year (well above average), so it’s perfect for beach mongers, sand volleyball tournaments, and picnics in the park. Families have their pick between stunning single-family dwellings and upscale condos. Stucco walls and red clay tile roofs are popular choices among local architecture, and many homes are equipped with luscious lawns and sprawling patios to take advantage of Encinitas’ incredible weather.

What to Love

  • Lively atmosphere and busy social calendars
  • Fun-loving beach town vibe
  • Down-to-earth neighbors
  • Pristine coastal views
  • Local bistros and boutique shops

People & Lifestyle

With plentiful sunshine, very little precipitation, and year-round mild temperatures, it’s no surprise that Encinitas is beloved by active, outdoorsy individuals. Surfing, swimming, and skating are all typical local pastimes. Beachy and beautiful, this fun-loving city is perfect for growing families and established professionals looking for a small-town environment. With only 63,000 residents, Encinitas is close-knit enough to know your neighbors by name but big enough that you’ve always got something exciting on the horizon.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Good food is never far in Encinitas. Start your day at Swami’s Cafe, a beachy brunch spot with acai bowls and smoothies made with the freshest ingredients. With a focus on familial hospitality and decadent dishes, Swami’s Cafe will quickly become a frequented favorite. Plus, their menu includes a variety of vegetarian dishes, so there’s something on the menu for everyone. Leucadia Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant is a hip stop for build-your-own pizzas and signature pasta dishes. This casual hangout is perfect for a quick slice or a family meal. Cozy up at Encinitas Ale House, a locally owned gastropub with over 30 beers on tap to choose from and an indulgent menu of elevated pub fares. Coastal cuisine finds a home at Herb & Sea, blending East Coast and West Coast culinary traditions. Airy and bright, the restaurant’s 1920s Art Deco dining room reflects Herb & Sea’s commitment to simple flavors that pack an intense punch. 

Historic Downtown Encinitas has a plethora of sidewalk shops to peruse to satiate your shopping spree fix. This picturesque district features a variety of retailers, from familiar names like Birkenstock of Encinitas to European Spa and skincare boutiques like EnviouSkin

The historic La Paloma Theater is a one-of-a-kind cinema situated inside a Spanish Revival structure. Perfect for a date-night dinner and movie, La Paloma Theater is a beloved Encinitas establishment.

Things To Do

For a day in the sun, head to Moonlight Beach. This state beach is a well-preserved expanse of coastline, and its attached grassy park and play area make it ideal for families with children. 

Each fall, Encinitas Oktoberfest brings Bavarian music, German food and drinks, and plenty of fun to the city. This family-friendly event has a Kids Zone for the young ones and a beer garden for the adults. Mark your calendars for the Encinitas Holiday Street Fair that turns Main Street into a winter wonderland. Live entertainment from local musicians, food vendors with expansive menus, and over 450 booths at which to shop, this fair is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season.


Encinitas prioritizes education, making this city a favorite for families with growing children. The wealth of private school options found in town allows families to choose a scholastic environment that best suits their student.  A few of Encinitas most notable academic facilities include: 

  • Encinitas Country Day, PK-8
  • The Grauer School, 7-12
  • Rhoades School, PK-8
  • San Dieguito High School Academy, 9-12


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