Located along six miles of Pacific coastline, Encinitas is characterized by coastal beaches, cliffs, flat-topped coastal areas, steep mesa bluffs, and rolling hills. The city was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain, and Leucadia.
“Downtown 101” is a coastal shopping district that’s over 100 years old and features historic architecture, quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants framed by beautiful flower baskets. The beaches here are outstanding. The surfing is unbeatable and many surf contests are held throughout the year. The San Elijo Lagoon Reserve is the largest coastal wetland in San Diego County. It’s home to nearly 300 different bird species throughout the year.
Moonlight State Beach, a few blocks from Main Street, is popular with families because of the children’s play area. For locals, Moonlight is the secret beach of North San Diego County. It is big enough to hold events like surfing contests, but not so big that it can cater to large crowds. Moonlight is perfect for sunbathers, surfers or swimmers, and has volleyball courts, picnic facilities, and free parking.
Flowers & Botanicals
There is a significant flower growing industry in the city. Many people claim that it’s the Flower Growing Capital. San Diego Botanical Gardens is a beautiful oasis to visit with an Amazon Rainforest and the largest display of bamboo in the world.