Encinitas, California is one of the best places to live in San Diego.  The city is located in North County and is bordered by Solana Beach to the south and Carlsbad to the North.

From the beach communities of Leucadia, Old Encinitas and Cardiff, to the rural Olivenhain, there is definitely something for everyone.  With a population of just under 60,000 and a median home price of roughly 1 million dollars, Encinitas, California boasts a laid back vibe that just somehow seems to make life more worth living.

Driving down the coast highway in the region of Old Encinitas and Leucadia, you’ll see the iconic Encinitas welcome arch.  Tree lined streets mixed with trendy, yet casual restaurants, and a perfect mix of businesses and housing styles. You’ll likely see a yoga or pilates class ending and people walking out with a sense of bliss.

Surfers are also sure to find a great time at Swamis, a well known surfing point break.

The southernmost part of Encinitas is a small community known as Cardiff, which boasts its own zip code and approximately 12,000 total residents.  A well known landmark is the Cardiff Kook which is a statue of a man surfing that locals dress up in various costumes throughout the year.  Cardiff is also is home to the San Elijo state campground that sits right on the ocean bluffs.  If you are lucky enough to get a campsite here, be sure to enjoy the beach or try surfing the famous Cardiff Reef.  For dinner you can head to Seaside Market to grab a burgundy tri-trip to take back and cook at your campsite.  And for breakfast, don’t forget about VG donuts.

Moving further east in Encinitas you will find the newer planned developments and ample shopping.  A little farther east, is rural Olivenhain, where you’ll find ranch style homes on larger lots and horse properties.

There is also spectacular golfing at Encinitas Ranch, which is one of the few golf courses in San Diego.  The course is located on magnificent bluffs with ocean views.

To unwind in a tranquil environment, one can step into the Self Realization & Meditation Garden and stroll through the lush plants and koi ponds. There is also the San Diego Botanical Gardens where one can explore four miles of garden trails, beautiful views, trees and the nation’s largest bamboo collection.

The relaxed atmosphere and sense of a small town in a big city is what draws people to Encinitas, California.  It is truly a wonderful place to call home.

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