The city of Encinitas, located in North County San Diego along I-5, is a larger city made up of smaller parts, including Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Leucadia, and Olivenhain. The combined population of Encinitas lies at just around 58,000 residents. Residents enjoy the pleasure of living in Encinitas while still living in the still convenient and comfortable parameter of San Diego County. Close by Encinitas are the popular destinations of Legoland California and the Carlsbad Raceway. Just a short drive away from Encinitas is Solana Beach, which offers Home to just over 58,000 residents combined, the city is conveniently located just 25 miles north of San Diego and about 95 miles, or a 75-minute drive, south of downtown Los Angeles. While Encinitas is an enjoyable city in itself, residents also enjoy the surrounding areas. Carlsbad, home to Legoland California and the Carlsbad Raceway, is just north of Encinitas and is a popular weekend trip destination. Solana Beach, just to the south of the city, is a fun beach destination for residents.
Shopping opportunities in Encinitas include the Encinitas Ranch Town Center or the Encinitas Marketplace, which boast a wide assortment of grocery stores, eateries, and other types of shops. Throughout the year, there are several annual events that are held in Encinitas to unify and entertain residents. These include the Fall Festival, which is held in November and celebrates the main industry in Encinitas, poinsettias, and the Wavecrest Woodie Meet, held in September on Moonlight State Beach.
Residents and visitors can also enjoy the San Dieguito Heritage Museum, Quail Botanical Gardens, La Paloma Theater, and an array of great surf spots in the community, with Swamis surf spot as the favorite. Encinitas also has a large golfing community, including the golf courses of Encinitas Ranch Golf Course and the Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, that offer excellent golf opportunities.
There are a number of school districts that serve the area, including the Cardiff Elementary School District, Mira Costa College District, San Dieguito Union High School District, and Encinitas Union School District. The combination of these districts provides 5 high schools, 2 middle schools, and 9 elementary schools to the area's students, many of which are among San Diego's top rated schools.