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Encinitas is one of North County’s
favorite beach communities. Encinitas hotels provide easy access
to Leucadia State Beach,
Moonlight State Beach,
or the beaches at Cardiff
by the Sea.
Once considered a rural beach community with its
flower farms and plant nurseries, Encinitas still holds some of
that charm from a bygone era. Train buffs will enjoy hearing the
Amtrak “Surfliner” roll through town daily as it travels
the California coast. Coast Highway 101 lies four blocks east of the
beaches and parallels the coast. Encinitas has a plethora of antique
shops, surf shops, restaurants, and local hangouts.
Public parking is available at Moonlight
State Beach and street parking is available throughout Encinitas.
From San Diego, head north on I-5 and take
one of the following exits: Birmingham Drive, Santa Fe Drive, or
perfect for those looking for a less tourist-oriented destination.
The community is mainly residential and has a wonderful variety
of restaurants, shops, and galleries.
Swami’s, a local’s
beach located at the south end of Encinitas, offers stunning views
of the ocean and sandstone cliffs — perfect for photographers.
Cyclists enjoy starting their rides in Encinitas, heading north
and south along Coast Route 101, which is bicycle-friendly.
Encinitas attractions include the Yogananda Retreat, La Paloma Theater, Moonlight State Beach, NCTD Coaster Station (commuter train service to/from downtown San Diego), shopping and restaurants, annual "Woody" show and more.
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