Welcome to Encinitas
Encinitas is a delightful North County coastal community located only 25 freeway miles north of downtown San Diego via Interstate 5. Its name, which means “live oaks” in Spanish, consists of five communities. Each one has its own unique small-town charm and interesting history, which makes each a rewarding discovery. They include Historic Encinitas, Leucadia, Inland Encinitas, Olivenhain and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. See map.
Encinitas offers many of the features North County is famous for. There are six miles of coastline, tranquil lagoons, coastal cliffs, rolling hills and high bluffs. Many of these locations provide wonderful views of the ocean.
Encinitas was incorporated in 1986, drawing together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia. Each community has its own flavor, providing a broad range of lifestyle options.