Encinitas, CA

Location: Encinitas is located south of Carlsbad and north of Solana Beach. Encinitas was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia. (Map)

 

City Highlights

Some noteable features of Encinitas are its historic downtown district along Hwy 101, the six miles of beaches and coastline, San Elijo Lagoon, and the world famous Annual Encinitas Street Fair in Spring and Encinitas Poinsettia Festival in Fall.

Activity Hubs

Encinitas Downtown/Beach
A wide, family-friendly beach, a historic downtown district, an old movie theatre, a seaside bazaar, specialty shopping center, and farmers market. Several events throughout the year.

 

Swami' Beach/Downtown
A popular surfing beach, beach cliff park, historical spiritual retreat, and south downtown district.

Beaches

Grandview Beach
Stone Steps Beach
Moonlight State Beach
Swami's Beach

Long stretch of sandy shoreline, ideal for long walks, runs. Great swimming and surfing.

Attractions

COASTAL PARKS

Seacliff Park
A small, grassy park resides on a cliff top overlooking Swami's Beach. Includes picnic tables, barbecues, walkways and shade trees.

 

COASTAL CAMPGROUNDS

San Elijo State Beach Campground
County's largest and most popular coastal campground sits on cliff top overlooking ocean. Includes beach access.

 

LAGOONS / NATURE CENTERS

San Elijo Lagoon
A coastal wetlands with many scenic trails and brand new nature center.

 

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
New, 4-230-square-foot, two-story state-of-the-art nature center with several exhibits, view deck and roof garden.

 

TIDE POOLS

Swami's Tide Pools
Popular tide pool on north end of Swami's Beach. Popular with school-age children.

 

THEATRE / MUSIC / ART

La Paloma Theatre
Late 1920s era single-screen movie theatre, features off-beat flicks and live music venues.

 

MUSEUMS

San Diego Heritage Museum
Local history collections and exhibits of San Dieguito river valley, which includes Del Mar, Solana Beach, Rancho Santa Fe, Cardiff, Encinitas, Leucadia, and Olivenhain.

 

SHOPPING AREAS

The Lumberyard Shopping Center
A collection of specialty shops, coffee houses, restaurants, galleries, book stores, and outdoor plaza with water fountain and eating area.

 

Historic 101 Encinitas Downtown District
Old Encinitas shopping thoroughfaire dates back to the 1920s. Includes offbeat sidewalk cafes, specialty shops, used clothing stores, bike shops, and more.

 

FARMERS MARKETS

Encinitas-Leucadia Farmers Market
Every Sunday at Paul Ecke Elementary School in grassy play area. Local produce, food, and crafts.

 

OTHER ATTRACTIONS

Quail Botanical Gardens
One of the world's most diverse colletions of plants on over 35 acres just a mile of the ocean. Tours.

 

The Monarch Program
Monarch butterflies exhibits and field trips. Studies butterfly behavior and preservation.

 

Self Realization Fellowship
Ashram Center founded by Paramahansa Yogananda in 1937, set on bluff overlooking ocean.

 

Encinitas Seaside Bazaar
Open-air, off-beat flea market, featuring over 50 vendors with unique crafts, in old Encinitas.

Hotels

Encinitas Hotels, Encinitas Boutique Hotels
Small and mid-size hotels. Quaint downtown boutique hotels. Hotels minutes from beach.

Events

Encinitas Street Fair
April
Held on Coast Hwy 101 in old Encinitas, this large street fair has over 400 vendors featuring arts and crafts, jewelry, clothing, food, live music.

 

Encinitas Sports Festival
Mid-May
Triathlon, bike tour, 5k run, Encinitas Sports Expo, and Moonlight Beach Paddle & Swim.

 

Encinitas Arts Alive Banner Auction
May
Hand-painted banners by local artists displayed from February through May. Auction held at Cardiff Town Center.

 

Encinitas Sunday Concerts by the Sea
July - August
Live music on bandstand held at Moonlight Beach on Sunday afternoons.

 

Taste of MainStreet International Food Festival
Late August
Over 30 different food samples from local restaurants.

 

Woodcrest Woodies Meet
September
World's largest woodies gathering, held in parking lot and sand at Moonlight Beach. Includes live music and souvenirs.

 

Encinitas Fall Festival
Late November
Over 450 arts and crafts vendors strung along Coast Hwy 101 in old Encinitas. Live music, food and kids play area.