When I moved here to San Diego two years ago, all I wanted to do was get to the beach as fast as I could and relax. I drove down different roads until I could see the ocean, turned onto Pacific Coast Highway, and headed right through Encinitas. A few minutes later, I had my toes in the sand and a big smile on my face. If you haven’t been to Encinitas, you should… Read More>>

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Encinitas- Surfer’s Paradise and Much More 

When I moved here to San Diego two years ago, all I wanted to do was get to the beach as fast as I could and relax. I drove down different roads until I could see the ocean, turned onto Pacific Coast Highway, and headed right through Encinitas. A few minutes later, I had my toes in the sand and a big smile on my face. If you haven’t been to Encinitas, you should… Read More>>

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Encinitas: Six Places To Discover

This year, I have decided to discover Encinitas, California! I love this small town in San Diego, and want to give you some ideas for next time you’re searching for a new place to discover. Here are my favorite six places in Encinitas that I have visited… Read More>> 

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Moonlight Beach: A True Family Friendly Beach

The first time I heard about “Moonlight Beach” was last fall during a midwife visit in Encinitas. My midwife suggested we check it out with our 4 year old as it has a great play ground and is a wonderful place to have lunch and spend some time before heading back down into the heart of San Diego where we live… Read More>>

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Is the Lofty Coffee Line Worth Waiting In?

If you have lived in San Diego for more than a few months and you don’t know what Lofty Coffee is, you’re in for a big surprise. Lofty Coffee is a coffee shop in Encinitas, with a second location in Solana Beach. People come from all over town to line up for this delicious coffee that they serve from 6:00am-6:00pm seven days a week. (Saturdays and Sundays they open at 7:00am) My friend Lori loves this place because… Read More>>

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Have an Egg-celent Morning at Breakfast Republic

There’s a good chance during busy times you’ll have to wait for a table at Breakfast Republic in Encinitas, but rest assured, your wait will be more than worthwhile. If you do have to wait, here are three ways to keep yourself occupied: 1. Take a look at the menu; the food and drinks here are top notch. 2. Have a drink at the bar. 3. Take a seat in… Read More>>

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My Love For Beach Volleyball in San Diego

In my opinion, the best beach volleyball in San Diego is played at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas.  Although it only includes three courts, it is always set up for you and is in an amazing location. Over summer I had the awesome opportunity to live in a beach house right on Moonlight Beach.  I only had to walk a few feet to get down to the volleyball courts and a few more to grab a bite to eat.  The people, weather, and vibes were awesome… Read More>>

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Dahms Acupuncture: A Traditional Chinese Medicine Practice in Encinitas

I caught up with Talia Dahms, an acupuncturist and herbalist at Dahms Acupuncture here in Encinitas, California, and got to talk with her a lot about what she does. In our interview, she explains what acupuncture is, (basic explanation here) and how it benefits the mind and body. She explains many of the treatments that are available when you visit her, and how often you should come for sessions. I had many questions about… Read More>>

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Best Drinks in Town? Nekter Juice Bar

When I first walked up to Nekter Juice Bar in Encinitas, I was instantly perplexed. A juice bar? What could that mean? I was very interested, so I went inside to find out more. Once I walked in, I noticed lots of juice pre-made in a cooler, and also employees behind the counter freshly squeezing juice from all sorts of fruits. I thought to myself, “This place is awesome!!” It smelled delicious, and… Read More>>

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Switchfoot Bro-Am: Giving Back at Moonlight Beach

The Switchfoot Bro-Am Surf Competition yesterday was incredible! Thousands of people were surfing, sun bathing on the beach, listening to music, and having a wonderful day! San Diego is known to be perfect almost all of the time, however Switchfoot, a rock band from San Diego that puts on this annual event to bring the community together to make San Diego an even better place, made this an over-the-top day that I will never… Read More>>

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San Diego Botanic Garden is Fun For All Ages

The San Diego Botanic Garden is one of the best “secret gardens,” and a crown jewel of San Diego. Tucked away on a small side street, this botanic garden has hundreds and hundreds of flowers, shrubs, plants, succulents, and just about anything you can imagine that grows outdoors. It is the best outdoor plant world for wandering eyes young and old. As you walk down the winding paths there are several sections of different gardens… Read More>>

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Seven Things You Need to Know about Cardiff by the Sea

There is a sleepy little beach town in North County San Diego, just north of Solana Beach and just south of Encinitas: Cardiff by the Sea. You can miss it if you blink, but it is a really cool place with lots to offer its residents and visitors. We go to Cardiff very frequently. It is a small town with just about 12,000 residents, and is officially part of Encinitas. But don’t say that to the locals! Cardiff is distinct in its style and… Read More>>

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Re-Opening of Rimel’s Rotisserie in Cardiff

I don’t know how many of you recall, but in early July this year there was a two-alarm fire in Cardiff. The commercial building that caught fire was home to several restaurants, including Zenbu Sushi and Rimel’s Rotisserie.  The exact restaurant where the fire sparked was not confirmed.  Both restaurants were closed until their grand reopening this Thanksgiving. Patrick, my fiancé, and I wanted to try a new restaurant this week, so we headed up to Rimel’s Rotisserie.  Rimel’s and Zenbu are connected, and… Read More>>

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The Best Mexican Food at Las Olas in Cardiff

Living in California for a couple decades, I have eaten some of the best Mexican food on the planet.  One of the things about most Mexican restaurants is that you get a lot of food, and that is usually after you eat a ton of tortilla chips and salsa.  One of the best things about Mexican cooking is the variety available in the cuisine.  Growing up in the Midwest in the 70s, we did have Mexican food, but… Read More>>

Encinitas Neighborhood Information (from YourNorthCounty.com)

Old Encinitas – The Old Encinitas neighborhood of Encinitas is where you will find the Encinitas Historical Society, City Hall and the historic downtown area. It is also the home of Swami’s Beach, Moonlight Beach, the San Diego Botanic Garden and the Self Realization Fellowship – to name just a few North County attractions that call Old Encinitas home. The community is known for its laidback surf culture, local shops and eateries, community events, great beaches and good schools. Learn even more about Old Encinitas on YourNorthCountry.com’s Old Encinitas page.

New Encinitas – New Encinitas shares the small-town charm of other Encinitas communities, but has more of a suburban feel with many newer homes, homeowners associations, condominium communities and large shopping centers. After the Mission Era, the area that is now known as New Encinitas became part of Rancho de Los Encinitos. This rancho was later divided into two separate ranchos: Las Encinitas Rancho and Rancho Dieguito. Learn even more about New Encinitas on YourNorthCountry.com’s New Encinitas page.

Olivenhain – Olivenhain (German for olive grove) is the eastern-most neighborhood in the City of Encinitas and offers upscale country living just a short drive from downtown. Walking and riding trails meander through the neighborhood, and historic landmarks dot the landscape to remind residents of the Colony Olivenhain that once called this land home. Learn even more about Olivenhain on YourNorthCountry.com’s Olivenhain page.

Leucadia – Eclectic. Funky. Hip. Happening. The Leucadia neighborhood of Encinitas just might be the only place you will ever see a mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe on a surfboard on the side of a building, but the Surfing Madonna is not all that makes this coastal community unique. A strong surf culture and a dedication to keeping Leucadia funky ensure that this community will remain vibrant, active and diverse. Art galleries, locally owned restaurants, quaint coffee shops, mom and pop shops and – of course – an abundance of surf shops – line the streets, and with plenty of public art, community events and local hangouts, it is easy to see why this is one surfside retreat where tourists often long to be locals. It’s not cheap to live here, but long-time residents and newcomers alike will tell you that living the Leucadia lifestyle every day is worth every penny. Learn even more about Leucadia on YourNorthCountry.com’s Leucadia page.

Cardiff-by-the-Sea – Home to the San Elijo Lagoon, the Cardiff Kook, an arts community and a surfing culture, the laidback, friendly community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea is the perfect place for a weekend getaway or to enjoy coastal living throughout the year. Cardiff-by-the-Sea – often simply referred to as Cardiff – has two miles of pristine coastline, beautiful cliffs, some of the best sunsets in North County San Diego and, unlike other Encinitas neighborhoods, its own zip code. Residents here enjoy great weather every month of the year, several annual community events and all of the benefits of living by the sea, and they are dedicated to preserving both their quality of life and the natural beauty that makes Cardiff such a fantastic place to live. Learn even more about Cardiff on YourNorthCountry.com’s Cardiff page.

School Information

Encinitas Union School District 

101 S. Rancho Santa Fe Road / Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4300 / FAX (760) 942-7094 / www.eusd.k12.ca.us

San Dieguito Union High School District

5951 Village Center Loop Road / San Diego, CA 92130
Phone: (858) 350-0253 / Fax: (858) 350-0280 / www.sduhsd.net

Elementary Schools 

941 Capri Road / Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 944-4360 / http://www.eusd.net/ca/

Flora Vista
1690 Wandering Road / Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 944-4329 / http://www.eusd.k12.ca.us/fv/

Ocean Knoll
910 Melba Road / Encinitas, CA 92024 (760) 944-4351 / http://www.eusd.net/ok/

Park Dale Lane
2050 Park Dale Lane / Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4344 / http://www.eusd.k12.ca.us/pd/

Paul Ecke Central
185 Union Street / Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 944-4323 / http://www.eusd.k12.ca.us/pe/


Middle Schools 

2150 Village Park Way / Encinitas, California 92024 Phone: (760) 944-1892 / Fax: (760) 944-3717 http://www.sduhsd.net/dg

Oak Crest
675 Balour Drive / Encinitas, California 92024 Phone: (760) 753-6241 / Fax: (760) 942-0520 http://www.sduhsd.net/oc

High Schools 

Canyon Crest Academy
5951 Village Center Loop Road / San Diego, California 92130 Phone: (858) 350-0253 / Fax: (858) 350-0280 http://www.sduhsd.net/cc/

La Costa Canyon
1 Maverick Way / Carlsbad, California 92009 Phone: (760) 436-6136 / Fax: (760) 943-3539 http://lc.sduhsd.net

San Dieguito Academy
800 Santa Fe Drive / Encinitas, California 92024 Phone: (760) 753-1121 / Fax: (760) 753-8142 http://www.sduhsd.net/sd/

Private Schools 

Encinitas Country Day School (Middle School) www.countrydayschools.org

Grauer School (Private, college preparatory) http://www.grauerschool.com/

Pacific Academy http://pacificacademy.org/Welcome.html