Encinitas is a small beach town in the north end of San Diego County in Southern California. The town has a main street that looks to be right out of a George Lucas 1950's movie scene, including a city name sign spanning the Coast Highway that welcomes visitors arriving into the north end of town from Carlsbad.
A favorite activity in Encinitas. Swami's is one of the most famous surf spots in Southern California, which is accessed via steep stairs down the bluff from the small city park by the same name at the south end of town. Several surf shops along Coast Highway can provide gear for the visitor.
An Italian restaurant with a Tuscan style menu, and food prepared using fresh ingredients. There is a beautiful outdoor dining area with a water fountain. The food is quite excellent and if you are planning do be sure to make reservations.
Oceanfront camping with beautiful views. Surfing and swimming beaches within short walking distance. Reservations can be made in advance, but the park books up for the peak summer season very early in the year.
Main entrance to the seemingly endless stretch of the sandy beach is at C street. A scenic outlook and stair access can also be found at the end of D street. Swimming is allowed only in designated areas.
Specializing in tropical rainforest plants with the largest display of bamboo in the world. A great way to spend the day gazing at magnificent and exotic plants, it's also a popular wedding destination.
Another popular inexpensive Mexican food shop located across the street from La Paloma Theatre. Especially good when the old lady is cooking inside. Try their tacos.
A cafe selling Açai Smoothies, Açai Bowls, and much more (Açai is a palm that grows in the Amazon, producing Açai berries that are used in many recipes).
Just across the street from the Self-Realization Fellowship. Get there early, because it can be nearly full at noon on weekends. Try their awesome beer.
A local favorite, built inside the 1888 Santa Fe Railroad Station. Lots of places to hangout both inside and out. Very casual atmosphere.
One of the first and still one of the best skate parks in the world. Not uncommon to see greats such as Tony Hawk here.
Clothes, swim suits, surfboards, and almost all beach needs can be purchased here located at the south end of the 101
For those who want to try out surfing for the first time with year around 2 hour surf lessons and summer surf camps.
Beautiful white sand beach at the north end of town. West end of 'B' Street. Lifeguards on duty in season.
Meat, seafood and vegetarian dishes in a casual atmosphere. Don't miss the specials listed on the table.
Three complete suites with private balconies, fireplaces, views of the ocean, and a gourmet breakfast.
Across the street from the La Paloma Theater. Flavors may be switched occasionally.
Baked goods and lunch specials. Live music, internet and wireless (with purchase).
Popular breakfast and lunch cafe with plenty of California and Mexican favorites.
Free continental breakfast, free wifi, spa, etc. Walking distance to beach.
Traditional Japanese flavors with contemporary Western fusion.
Upscale pub lined with televisions tuned into sports and news.
A popular inexpensive Mexican food shop. Big burritos.
Some of the best burritos in town. Local hangout.
Mexican snack bar with fabulous views.