Welcome to Encinitas
Iconic surf town with stunning views and a fun, family-oriented community
Eclectic and fun, Encinitas is known for world-class surfing and a relaxed, family-friendly vibe. Incorporated in 1986, this historic beach town is located between Los Angeles and San Diego, offering residents the best of peaceful beach living with easy access to two of the country’s most vibrant cities.
This gorgeous seaside town is found along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline and stuns with its scenery of cliffs, mesa bluffs, rolling hills, flat-topped coastal areas, and, of course, breathtaking beaches. Homes here are designed to accentuate all the loveliness nature has to offer, with floor-to-ceiling windows and walls of sliding glass doors to take in the stunning sunsets and lush, tropical landscaping.
What to Love
- World-class surfing
- Laid-back lifestyle
- Spectacular views
- Warm, welcoming community
People & Lifestyle
The laid-back coastal town of Encinitas offers a beachy lifestyle full of surfing and breathtaking views. A friendly, inviting community, the residents of Encinitas enjoy getting out on the water by day and living it up on the vibrant after-hours scene by night. With plenty of chic bistros, boutiques, and art galleries, life in Encinitas is as exciting as it is beautiful.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Encinitas is as much a wonderland of culinary delights as it is of surfing, and the modern, eclectic menu at Herb and Sea serves up some of the area’s best seafood. A sophisticated space with chandeliers and a raw bar, Chef Brian Malarkey’s vibrant bistro serves a menu that focuses on simple, clean, bright flavors, like wood-grilled salmon and crispy potatoes with greek yogurt, pomegranate relish, dill, and orange.
From morning brunch to late-night happy hour, Union Kitchen and Tap offers a rotating menu of craft beers paired with New American small plates, like shrimp and grits and, the local favorite, truffle fries, while the warm, unpretentious Buona Forchetta serves award-winning Northern Italian cuisine, like homemade pasta and salads, as well as a vibrant wine and beer menu. They also offer an incredible selection of gourmet, wood-fired pizzas, including vegan options. Life in this active, healthy town requires the right clothes, so head to Vuori Clothing and outfit yourself for yoga and stylish walks on the beach. This athletic wear is made for movement and uses luxe performance fabrics like organic French terry cotton.
Things to Do
Seamlessly blending the outdoor recreation of a beach town and the chic offerings of a sophisticated city, Encinitas provides residents with sun and shopping. The famous Moonlight State Beach is a local favorite for swimming and surfing and is home to many beloved community events. Known as a family beach with a park, snack bar, playground, volleyball and tennis courts, and recreation equipment rentals, this is one of San Diego County's most popular beach destinations. How did this spot get such a whimsical name? It stems from the early 1900s when residents would come to the beach for midnight picnics in the moonlight.
Known for retro coffee shops, stylish boutiques, adorable bakeries, and celebrity chefs, Downtown By The Beach is the Encinitas hangout for relaxing days of sipping and shopping and exciting nightlife at the vibrant taverns and pubs. This is where you’ll find neighborhood favorites Herb and Sea and Union Kitchen and Tap, as well as other culinary delights, like St. Tropez Bistro and Lotus Cafe. Catch an after-dinner movie at the La Paloma Theatre, a historic 1920’s theater hosting foreign and independent films, film festivals, and concerts.
Encinitas is home to several excellent education opportunities, including: