About Encinitas

Why Is Encinitas a Great Place to Start and Grow a Business?

Located along six miles of Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, the City of Encinitas offers a unique blend of old-world charm and sophistication, and new-world culture. Incorporated in 1986, the city brought together the communities of New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and Leucadia to create a single city rich in history and steeped in tradition. With a population of 60,000 people, the City of Encinitas has something for everyone. With its pristine beaches and rolling hills, famous Botanic Garden and vibrant downtown business district, the City of Encinitas attracts visitors from all over the world.  Encinitas is known for its strong arts culture, and its Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department features a regular parade of high quality musical, theatrical and artistic events which draw visitors from near and far.

The century-old Downtown 101 coastal shopping district features historic architecture, quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, specialty retail stores and upscale restaurants.   The beautiful ocean-view Encinitas library is the most visited of all of the County library campuses, and has a great computer business center and public meeting rooms available for reservation.

Encinitas is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in California and is known for its excellent surfing conditions. Each year, surfers from all over gather in Encinitas to compete in local surfing tournaments. The San Elijo Lagoon Reserve boasts the largest coastal wetland in San Diego County and is home to nearly 300 different bird species throughout the year.

San Diego Botanical Gardens, complete with an Amazon Rainforest, showcases the largest display of bamboo in the world, while the gardens of the Self Realization Center offer spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean in a serene garden-like setting. 

Golf enthusiasts can enjoy a round of golf at the Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, a championship 18-hole, par 72 course with panoramic ocean views. This public facility has five tees and facilitates golfers at all skill-levels.

The warm California sunshine provides for year-round enjoyment of our beautiful parks, beaches and trails and makes Encinitas a spectacular place to live, visit, work and play!