Translated to “little oaks” in Spanish, Encinitas is a beach city in the North County area of San Diego County. The city consists of five distinct areas, each with their own flavor and identity: Old Encinitas, New Encinitas, Olivenhain, Leucadia and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The city covers nearly 20 square miles of rugged coastal terrain and is surrounded by Batiquitos Lagoon to the north and San Elijo Lagoon to the south.
Downtown Encinitas is a vibrant collection of local restaurants, art galleries, shops, and bars and home to the local Farmer’s Market every Wednesday evening. Surfing is a popular activity and Encinitas’ most popular surf spot, Swami’s, is rated in the top 5 surf locations in the world in addition to its mention in The Beach Boys’ song “Surfin’ USA”.
Nearly 60,000 residents call Encinitas home and with its vast collection of arts and cultural events, charming character and beautiful scenery, it’s no wonder Encinitas is such a favorite among San Diego locals.