Encinitas, California

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Encinitas is a coastal beach city in northern San Diego County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 58,014. It is located about 25 miles (40 km) north of San Diego, and about 95 miles (153 km) south of Los Angeles.

The city was incorporated in 1986 from the communities of historic Encinitas, new Encinitas (Village Park, etc.), Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Olivenhain. These communities retain their identities and their distinctive flavors.

The largest single industry is the growing of ornamental flowers, particularly poinsettias.



Encinitas can be divided into five areas:

  • Old Encinitas: a small beachside area featuring a mix of businesses and housing styles.
  • New Encinitas: a newer region which features a golf course, larger tract homes and many shopping centers.
  • Olivenhain: a semi-rural region in eastern Encinitas, with mostly single family homes and an active 4-H Club.
  • Leucadia: which has an older tree-lined area bordering the coast road, featuring art galleries, unusual stores, and restaurants, along with single family homes.
  • Cardiff-by-the-Sea: Encinitas' southernmost oceanfront community, which features streets named after classical composers, the * Lux Art Institute, famous surf break Swamis and the San Elijo Campus of Mira Costa College.

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