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A fun, young community with a bustling center and stunning beaches.

Welcome to Encinitas

Encinitas is a charming beach community located just north of San Diego. With its stunning views and beautiful beaches, Encinitas offers the perfect blend of surf, nightlife, and small-town life. 

Early settlers of the area primarily built their homes in the Spanish Revival style, which is still seen in many of the older homes throughout the city. Many of these properties feature red tiled roofs, white stuccoed walls, and courtyards with fountains and flowering plants. The city also has a thriving financial center with modern high-rise buildings and luxurious condominiums. These buildings are typically adorned with glass floor-to-ceiling windows that offer beautiful views of the surrounding terrain.

Encinitas has some of the finest beaches on the West Coast, with gorgeous white sand and beautiful waves. With nearby hiking trails, towering cliffs, and miles of unspoiled beaches, this town is perfect for nature lovers. There are also multiple golf courses, numerous parks, great skateboarding spots, and plenty of outdoor sports that elevate the community’s young and hip vibe.

What to Love 

  • New breweries and restaurants on every corner
  • A relaxed surfer beach community
  • Excellent walkability to premier attractions 

Local Lifestyle

Most of the local lifestyle in Encinitas revolves around outdoor activities and soaking in the sunshine. With miles of beaches, parks, and trails, there are plenty of opportunities for swimming, surfing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. The city also hosts year-round events such as Moonlight Beach Movie Nights and the Moonlight Beach Annual Switchfoot BRO-AM surf contest.

The city is ideal for those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life. The beach and the outdoors call to you here, allowing for lots of quiet time in nature. When you’re looking to connect, the downtown area of Encinitas is filled with unique stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and art galleries that offer locals plenty of things to do. The nearby farmers' markets are popular spots to shop for fresh produce and locally made goods. 

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

For innovative seafood in a sophisticated dining room, look no further than Herb & Sea. Celebrating fresh ingredients and a simple and clean presentation, Herb & Sea has quickly become a local favorite. Buona Forchetta is an excellent option for fresh Italian cuisine, and the Waverly is a high-end ultra-chic dining experience featuring a Modern American menu that won’t disappoint. If sushi is on your mind, the neighborhood’s Temaki Bar Sushi is sure to satisfy you. Made-to-order hand rolls highlight the exquisite cuts of seafood and keep locals coming back for more. 

Steps down the road from Herb & Sea, you’ll find Modern Times Far West Lounge. This craft brewery has over 30 tasty brews on tap and features a selection of delicious plant-based menu items. Encinitas residents get their energy from Ironsmith Coffee Roasters’ small batch, house-roasted coffee. With award-winning roasts and a hip modern atmosphere, this is the perfect addition to any day. 

Things to Do

La Paloma Theatre is a 1920s theatre now hosting film festivals, independent movie showings, and concerts. For more concert action, nearby Moonlight State Beach hosts summer concerts and surf competitions year-round.

The brand-new Alila Marea Beach Resort Hotel offers locals unique access to their two restaurants and award-winning Spa Alila. Here, you can find wellness treatments and relax in the resort’s chic and luxurious atmosphere.

The San Diego Botanic Garden is a great way to spend a day with friends and family. With four miles of trails and over 5,300 plant species, you’ll never get bored coming here. Encinitas residents also have convenient access to the train, which goes through nearby Carlsbad to downtown San Diego or downtown LA. 


Encinitas is home to a fantastic community as well as highly-esteemed schools. Some of their top educational opportunities include:

Overview for Encinitas, CA

62,140 people live in Encinitas, where the median age is 42.7 and the average individual income is $72,577. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

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Around Encinitas, CA

There's plenty to do around Encinitas, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Icons Fashion, One Nine Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, and Sammie Pappert Fitness.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Shopping 4.19 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.08 miles 34 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.7 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.28 miles 37 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 0.19 miles 14 reviews 5/5 stars
Beauty 2.2 miles 17 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Encinitas, CA

Encinitas has 23,746 households, with an average household size of 2.6. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Encinitas do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 62,140 people call Encinitas home. The population density is 3,261 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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49.79 / 50.21%

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Schools in Encinitas, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Encinitas. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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