The coastal city of Encinitas got its name from Encina Canada, Spanish for “Hills of Live Oaks”. Charlie Chaplin’s older brother, Syd, owned land in Encinitas including the land where the City Hall currently lies.
Encinitas retains five uniquely charming communities each equally popular, namely Cardiff by the Sea, Leucadia, Old Encinitas, Inland Encinitas and Olivenhain. Homebuyers in Encinitas enjoy the charm and history of whichever of these areas they choose to live in.
Encinitas is rated as one of the best surf towns in Southern California with some of the popular surfing locations being Seaside, Cardiff Reef, Swamis, and D Street. Encinitas is known for it’s surf culture and attracts many an ardent surfers all year round.
The city is also part of the historic 101 towns and downtown Encinitas carries the name of 101 Main Street. Downtown Encinitas is a gallery of fine dining, retail stores and quaint shops, which offer entertaining times to many.
Among the popular historic attractions in Encinitas, are two large boathouses. In a quite street surrounded by homes, one can see these boathouses marooned in dry dock. These houses shaped as boats carry their names proudly - S.S. Moonlight and S.S. Encinitas.
Living in Encinitas
Preserving a part of history is also the La Paloma theatre in Encinitas, a prominent landmark since 1928 and one of the first theatres to feature the “talkies”.
Encinitas is also known as an abode of relaxation, spirituality and yoga as it is home to the Self Realization Fellowship Meditation gardens and Hermitage. Along with its serene parks it hosts the beautiful Lotus Temple interestingly perched near the edge of a bluff. The surfing area near the hermitage has popularly got its names as Swami’s. The other popular beach in Encinitas besides Swami’s, is the expansive Moonlight beach with its park, recreation areas and barbeque pits to enjoy sun and sand for many locals.
The Encinitas Union School District (EUSD) known for its innovative learning practices serves homes in Encinitas. The EUSD serves the communities of Leucadia, Olivenhain as well as the Rancho La Costa area of south Carlsbad.
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