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Encinitas is a beach city in the North County area of San Diego County, California. Located within Southern California, it is approximately 25mi north of San Diego and about 95mi south of Los Angeles. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 59,518, up from 58,014 at the 2000 census.HistoryEncinitas is a Spanish name meaning "little oaks".The city was incorporated by 69.3% of the voters in 1986 from the communities of historic Encinitas, new Encinitas (Village Park, etc.), Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and Olivenhain. The communities retain their identities and distinctive flavors.CommunitiesEncinitas can be divided into five areas: Old Encinitas: a small beachside area featuring a mix of businesses and housing styles. Sitting along the coastal 101 highway, the Encinitas welcome arch, the famous surf break Swamis, and the early 20th century La Paloma Theater are located here. Old Encinitas is divided from New Encinitas by a low coastal ridge.New Encinitas: a newer region which features a golf course, many shopping centers, and is composed of larger tract homes.Olivenhain: 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.Leucadia: 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. This also contains beaches such as Beacons and Grandview.Cardiff-by-the-Sea: Encinitas' southernmost oceanfront community, which features streets named after British cities and classical composers, the Lux Art Institute, and the San Elijo Campus of Mira Costa College.Encinitas is in California (CA). Use our United States tour itinerary planner to plan your trip to Encinitas and other destinations in United States.
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