Encinitas is a coastal beach city in northern San Diego County located 25 miles north of San Diego.
Downtown Encinitas is a coastal shopping district over 100 years old featuring historic architecture, quaint shops, sidewalk cafes, and restaurants framed by beautiful flower baskets. The 6 miles of beaches in Encinitas are outstanding. There are many stretches of pristine beaches that lie between Cardiff-by-the-Sea and La Costa. The surfing is unbeatable and many surf contests are held throughout the year in Encinitas. The San Elijo Lagoon Reserve is the largest coastal wetland in San Diego County and is home to nearly 300 different bird species throughout the year.