Learn about Encinitas

Encinitas is a coastal town located in northern San Diego County, in Southern California distinguished by its varied terrain of natural beauty: beaches, cliffs, mesa bluffs and, inland, rolling hills. With 11 beaches on 6 miles of coastline and a mild Mediterranean climate, Encinitas is a community of happy, active residents.

In 1986 five neighborhoods incorporated to form Encinitas: Leucadia, an older coastal town of tree-lined boulevards, art galleries and shops; Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas’ southernmost community, has hillside properties and ocean views; Olivenhain, an inland, semi-rural hilly area, boasts large homes on horse-friendly 2 acre lots; Old Encinitas, a beachside area has a mix of housing styles and businesses; New Encinitas, just over the ridge from the older city center, features tract homes, shopping malls and golf courses..

Golf enthusiasts play the championship 18 hole par 72 Encinitas Ranch Golf Course and enjoy its panoramic ocean views. The city boasts hiking trails and excellent birding at the San Elijo Lagoon and Ecological Reserve to the south with visits from over 2300 bird species, as well as the Batiquitos Lagoon on the north.

Surfing is a popular sport, especially at Swami’s Reef, one of the top rated surfing spots in the world with competitions year round. In addition to swimmers, inhabitants of the reef include lobsters, halibut, and grunion; at low tide visitors can spy brittle stars, sea hares and octopi in the tide pools. The flat rocks of the reef contain 45 million year old fossil imprints.

Residents gather to watch sunsets along Moonlight Beach, hike along the many inviting trails and live in near perfect Mediterranean weather. Truly a city to experience in your lifetime! For more information on this community click here.

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4 Capri Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
4 Paul Ecke-Central Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
5 Flora Vista Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
4 Ocean Knoll Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
4 Park Dale Lane Elementary School Kindergarten - 6th Grade Public
4 Oak Crest Middle School 7th Grade - 8th Grade Public
5 Diegueno Middle School 7th Grade - 8th Grade Public
3 Sunset High (Continuation) School 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
5 San Dieguito High Academy 9th Grade - 12th Grade Public
N/A St John School Preschool - 8th Grade Catholic/Religious
N/A Encinitas Country Day School Preschool - 8th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Pacific Academy Kindergarten - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Village Gate Children's Academy Kindergarten - 6th Grade Private/Charter
N/A Central Montessori School Private/Charter
N/A Montessori Childrens House Preschool - Kindergarten Private/Charter
N/A Grauer, The 7th Grade - 12th Grade Private/Charter
N/A The Rhoades School Kindergarten - 8th Grade Private/Charter
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