A Spotlight on the Community: Encinitas

    A Spotlight on the Community: Encinitas
    Recently listed one of the 20 best surf towns in the world by National Geographic, Encinitas CA is proud of it’s surf history. Positioned along six miles of Pacific Ocean coastline, Encinitas is a pristine reminder of the historic Highway 101 beach culture that thrived in the mid-1900s. The city is well known for it’s eclectic downtown; which has long drawn surfers and hippies with a particular blend of unique surf shops, coffeehouses, exotic clothing boutiques and record stores. The beaches of Encinitas are known by locals as some of the best kept surf spot secrets.
    Despite it’s laid back beach style, Encinitas has a thriving industry of growing ornamental flowers, particularly poinsettias. Encinitas is the world’s leading grower of poinsettias. Among the extensive collection of nurseries and gardens, is the San Diego Botanic Garden. Formerly known as the Quail Botanical Gardens, the San Diego Botanic Garden is dedicated to the conservation of rare and endangered plants from across the globe. It is the only botanical garden in San Diego County. The Garden welcomes visitors with tours, nature walks, lectures, landscape advice and instructional programs. The intent of these programs is to advance public awareness of plant diversity. Visitors can also enjoy the gardens on their own by exploring the scenic trails which take visitors through unique gardens, a tropical rain forest and North America’s largest display of bamboo.
    The most visited tourist destinations in Encinitas are it’s world famous beaches. Surfing is a favorite pastime in Encinitas, especially at Swami’s, which is rated in the top 5 surf locations in the world, and is immortalized in The Beach Boys’ song “Surfin’ U.S.A.” If you aren’t interested in taking in the waves yourself, you can watch the top notch surfing from the small park at the top of the bluff. Another famous beach in Encinitas is Moonlight State Beach. Named for midnight picnics Victorian locals would have in the early 1900’s. Moonlight State Beach is a wide, flat family beach with volleyball and tennis courts, recreational equipment rentals and a snack bar. A rarity at most beaches these days, Moonlight Beach features fire rings, for post-sunset bonfires and barbecues. Nature lovers will also enjoy hiking the over 5 miles of trails at the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, the largest coastal wetland in San Diego County. The lagoon is home for more than 295 species of birds and over 300 species of plants. Forty percent of the birds in North America pass by the San Elijo Lagoon on their annual migrations. It encompasses approximately 900 acres of diverse habitat.
    Encinitas’ unique hippy culture is demonstrated by it’s famous street art. In 2011 Mark Patterson and Robert Nichols illegally installed a 10 by 10 feet mosaic of a surfing Virgin de Guadalupe on the north concrete support wall of the train bridge on Encinitas Boulevard. It was christened the Surfing Madonna and is a famous landmark in Encinitas. ​Art lovers will also enjoy the Lux Art Institute and San Dieguito Heritage Museum.
    The La Paloma Theatre is an important part of Encinitas’ rich history. La Paloma Theatre was built in 1928, and was one of the first theatres to show “Talkies.” Talking pictures. La Paloma Theatre is a big part of Encinitas and hosts many community and City functions as well as music concerts, theater performances and movies.
    Another tourist draw in the area, is the annual Wavecrest Woodies meet. Wavecrest is the self-proclaimed “granddaddy of all woodie meets.” Held annually on the 3rd Saturday of September at Moonlight Beach, the Wavecrest Woodies meet is the longest-running and largest gathering of these wood-paneled vehicles in the world.
    Encinitas is a Spanish name meaning “little oaks.” The downtown Encinitas shopping district is over 100 years old. In the 1800’s Encinitas was governed by Mexico and land grants were issued to ranchers. Today, Encinitas consists of five communities with their own distinct personalities. Historic Encinitas occupies the Highway 101, and encompasses Downtown Encinitas with unique shops and restaurants occupying the historic buildings. New Encinitas centers on El Camino Real. Cardiff-by-the-Sea is made up of quaint homes dotting the hillsides overlooking the sea. For more information on Cardiff see our supplemental blog, “Spotlight on the Community; Cardiff-by-the-Sea.” Leucadia is famous for its giant eucalyptus trees that line the main thoroughfare on the Coast Highway. Leucadia is a coastal community of the city. Leucadia features tree-lined streets and boulevards. The community features art galleries, unusual stores, and restaurants, along with single family homes. In the year 1870, English spiritualists named their settlement Leucadia. The name means “Isle of Paradise” or “Place of Shelter.” Olivenhain (which means “olive grove” in German) boasts plenty of open horse country, pastures, and a rural way of life. Olivenhain is a semi-rural region in eastern Encinitas, composed of mostly single family homes, an active 4-H Club, and several private equestrian facilities. Olivenhain connects to Rancho Santa Fe via Encinitas Blvd. The “Olivenhain” portion of Encinitas was established as a community in 1884 by a small group of immigrants that came from Germany. The old Olivenhain Meeting Hall is still used today for social events and meetings.

    Encinitas has many unique, delicious restaurants and eateries. Located in the historic Santa Fe Railroad Station of 1888, the Pannikin Coffee & Tea is a long-time popular hangout. Set in the beautiful Victoria building, it revives the old-fashioned tradition of afternoon tea, and makes one feel as if they’ve traveled back in time. Another well-known Encinitas restaurant is Ki’s. This casual restaurant is set in Cardiff-by-the-Sea in two-story, ocean view building on South Coast Highway 101. Ki’s is well known for their organic, local, sustainable and environmentally conscious ingredients. started in 1980 in a converted beauty shop, they originally served fresh juices and vitamins. As their menu grew, they have maintained the healthy and environmentally conscious style that makes them so unique.  For an elegant, high-end, dining experience try the Pacific Coast Grill. Set in an oceanfront venue, the PCG offers unique “Pacific Coast Cuisine” such as an oyster bar as well as select sushi rolls, black mussels, baked oysters and a plethora of seafood choices & more.

    Encinitas is a beautiful community, from the pristine beaches with world-class waves, to the historic downtown area with eclectic shops and restaurants, and the comfortable residential communities. If you are interested in joining the Encinitas community, which we are proud to be a part of, please contact the team at Jacobo Realty Group to help you find a unique property in Encinitas suited to your own unique needs.

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