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There’s a magical place, just north of downtown San Diego. 

Coast Highway 101 opens up to beautiful, sun-drenched sandy beaches and sparkling turquoise waters, then slows to encourage stops for sweet coffee spots, treasure troves of trendy and vintage shops as well as delicious high-end and street eats that feel like a California dream. And it is. 

Encinitas is a beautiful mix of 1960’s surf culture combined with the passion of creatives and dreamers pushing fashion, interior design, food and spirits forward. Here is our guide to Encinitas, one of the great quaint beach towns along the coast of Southern California.

About Encinitas

Encinitas, California is a lovely beach city located in San Diego County. The city is a mere 25 miles north of San Diego and about 95 miles from Los Angeles.

Encinitas is incredibly popular amongst surfers and it was actually named to the top 20 best surf towns in the world by National Geographic. Need we say more?

This beach town stretches across six miles of the famous and historic Highway 101, which makes for beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean from almost anywhere in the city. The weather is usually delightful, but there is no such thing as a bad beach day anyway.

There are a few options for getting to Encinitas, the two closest airports are San Diego International Airport (SAN) which is 26-miles south in San Diego and John Wayne Airport (SNA) which is in Orange County to the north of Encinitas around 61 miles away.

Personally, John Wayne is an amazing airport if you don’t mind the little extra drive because it’s small and easy to get in and out of.

Encinitas also is accessible by train, Amtrak has stops at Carlsbad, 10 miles north of Encinitas and Solana Beach, 3 miles south of Encinitas.

💡Did you know? 

Encinitas got its name from Encina Canada, Spanish for “hills of live oaks”. Gaspar de Portola saw these live oaks in 1669, when he led an expedition through the region.

Neighborhoods of Encinitas

New Encinitas

After the Mission Era, the area that is now known as New Encinitas became part of Rancho de Los Encinitos. 

This rancho was later divided into two separate ranchos: Las Encinitas Rancho and Rancho Dieguito. New Encinitas (and the other four neighborhoods that make up present-day Encinitas) was part of Las Encinitas Rancho.

Over the years, many types of produce were grown in this area; however, it is flower fields for which Encinitas is particularly well known.

 In fact, some call it a flower growing capital. Many of the housing developments we see today were built where flowers were once grown, including the land that was once part of the Ecke Ranch, where the Ecke family helped make poinsettias a household name and a must-have Christmas plant.


Cardiff-by-the-Sea is known to have almost perfect weather making it a desirable place for a vacation. It is a world-class surfing destination and is quite close to San Diego where you can find everything you might need.

The area in and around Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a very spiritually rich area and holds many hidden gems such as very beautiful natural sceneries, soothing meditation spots, and outstanding surf spots.

Whether you are traveling alone, with friends or your loved one, or your kids, Cardiff-by-the-Sea is the place to have an unforgettable vacation. 

💡Did you know?

Encinitas is one city that is broken up into five different neighborhoods. Each of these five neighborhoods have their own special flare. The neighborhoods include: Old Encinitas, New Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, and Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

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What are the things Encinitas can offer?

The summers are warm and arid and winters are cool, but comfortable. The temperatures rarely drop below 44 degrees or above 84 degrees and typically are closer to a mild, comfortable 50 – 77 degree weather depending on time of year.

While any time of the year is a great time to visit, July through November are the best months for those comfortable beach days! Keep in mind, if you’re not from the West Coast that the Pacific Ocean has cooler temperatures than the Atlantic, so the water is much colder! That’s why surfers have different season wetsuits, winter suits, and summer suits.

No matter what time of year you visit, Encinitas is the perfect Southern California road trip stop! Now let’s see what you can do in Encinitas!

Moonlight State Beach

Moonlight Beach is one of the most popular things to do in Encinitas and it also happens to be the main beach located in Encinitas, California. Because Moonlight is the main beach, it is the most family-friendly option and the best beach to visit if you just can’t decide among all the beaches.

The beach is equipped with a playground, concessions, restrooms, volleyball courts, lifeguards, and they even allow bonfires here. Bonfires at Moonlight Beach is easily one of the best things to do in Encinitas any time of the year.

💡Did you know?

 Encinitas has a very popular beach named “Moonlight Beach” and most of us know it because of its exceptional beauty. Have you ever wondered how that beach got that name? 

If you were to talk to the locals they would have a great story to tell you…Most say it has something to do with all of those rum-runners during the prohibition. This beautiful beach also serves as the light at the end of the tunnel during the years of the Depression.

San Diego Botanic Garden

What began as a flourishing garden that belonged to Ruth Baird Larabee and Charles Wright Larabee, turned into an incredible attraction donated to San Diego County after the couple’s divorce in the 1950s.

Although its potential was not recognized instantly after being donated, founders and a board presidents realized what an amazing gift they had received. In 1970, the Botanic Garden opened to the public, and today it is recognized on a national level as one of the top 10 gardens worth traveling for in America.

The San Diego Botanic Garden is equipped with four miles of walking trails through the 37 acres of beauty. Along the trails, guests can check out any of the 29 different themed gardens.

Butterfly Farms

Another item you won’t want to miss on our list of things to do in Encinitas is definitely Butterfly Farms. Butterfly Farms was founded in 2012, which is completely dedicated to the conversation and research of native butterflies and other pollinators.

During your visit to Butterfly Farms, you can check out what they call Vivarium, which is an enclosed butterfly-free flight house. This is where people are able to observe and study the butterflies.

You can observe a variety of different butterflies and Butterfly Farms also offers a 1-hour guided educational tour for those who are interested in learning more about these beautiful creatures.

You can visit the Farm anytime between 10 AM-3 PM April-November, make sure to call for winter hours if you happen to be visiting Encinitas, California outside of that time frame!

Better Buzz Coffee

Nothing goes together like the beach and coffee. Better Buzz is a non-negotiable on your list of things to do in Encinitas.

Better Buzz Coffee is a legendary coffee shop chain located only in Southern California and it’s hands down one of the most aesthetically pleasing and Instagram-worthy coffee joints I’ve ever been to.

Better Buzz is known for their incredible handcrafted specialty coffee drinks, I especially love the chai. In addition to the espressos, lattes, and teas, Better Buzz offers savory grilled sandwiches, a variety of sweet smoothies, a few different toast options, and my all-time favorite menu item- açaí bowls (specifically the OG bowl).

This dreamy coffee shop is just a few blocks away from Moonlight Beach, so you can take your açaí and coffee to-go and enjoy it on the beach or stay and soak in all the amazing Better Buzz vibes.

💡Did you know? 

Charlie Chaplin’s older brother Syd, used to own the land where the Encinitas City Hall is now located.

Of course, we can go on and on… But it is time for some fun facts about Encinitas!

Fun Facts

Al’s barber shop became the hottest stop during this time for gossip and “friendly” card-playing. Haircuts for men and women were only 35 cents and a shave went for 15 cents.

This barbershop is now a part of the San Dieguito Heritage Museum located in Encinitas.

The Potato Shack Cafe cooks 3 tons of tasty potatoes and serves over 1500 dozen eggs every MONTH to provide the best homemade meals to their favorite city, Encinitas!

They, also, serve pancakes larger than the size of their plates! I mean seriously, how often do you get the chance to go to a place called the “Potato Shack”?

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As you see, Encinitas is a special town! It’s filled with beauty and love and everyone who lives there is proud to call it home!

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