Encinitas

City Info


You’ve got your New Encinitas, Old Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Olivenhain. Yes, each of the five communities is part of Encinitas, but make no mistake that they have distinct personalities. An enclave of artists of every kind, Encinitas is known widely as the “flower growing capital of the world,” but that’s really just one part of what makes this city cool. Just ask resident and surfing legend Rob Machado. Traveling the coast of Encinitas you will encounter the ever-funky Leucadia before hitting Swami’s and the Self Realization Fellowship and then the Cardiff State Beach Campgrounds. And who can forget our polarizing buddy the Cardiff Kook?Heading into New Encinitas amazing restaurants and shops dot the landscape where the younger residents take advantage of the highly regarded school districts.

Population: Approximately 61,588

Housing units: Approximately 25,740

Median income: $63,954

Education: 55.0 percent of adults have a bachelor’s degree or higher

Contact Info


City Hall
505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024-3633

Encinitas Sheriff’s Station
175 N El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA 92024-3633
760-966-3500

Graffiti Hotline
760-633-2751

Public Works
760-633-2840

Encinitas Fire and Marine Safety
505 S. Vulcan Ave., Encinitas, CA 92024
Fire Prevention: (760) 633-2820
Marine Safety: (760) 633-2800

Appeals court sends clear message: Yoga ‘isn’t religious’

Appeals court sends clear message: Yoga ‘isn’t religious’

REGION — The State Court of Appeal has sent an clear message about Encinitas Union School District’s yoga program to the family and organization that challenged it: it isn’t religious. The Fourth District Court of Appeal last week delivered a 3-0 ruling that upholds a lower court’s ruling that the K-6 school district’s yoga program […]

Love at the heart of poet’s works

Love at the heart of poet’s works

ENCINITAS — He was a Naval officer during World War II, a law student, a drama teacher, an art critic, a docent, and now, at 90, Tom Whayne can add published poet to his life’s achievements. But sitting in his Leucadia home, surrounded by other books of poetry from Robert Frost to W. H. Auden to […]

First phase of plastic bag ban starts April 10

First phase of plastic bag ban starts April 10

ENCINITAS — If you’re doing grocery shopping in Encinitas after April 10, remember to BYOB — Bring Your Own Bag. April 10 is the day that the first phase of a city-approved ban on plastic shopping bags goes into effect, after a divided City Council last year adopted the measure in advance of a statewide […]

Theater company sets the stage for new venue

Theater company sets the stage for new venue

ENCINITAS — A local theater company has reached out to the city about building a permanent facility on a city-owned piece of land in the Encinitas Ranch Town Center long targeted for a performing arts venue. The Intrepid Theatre Company, which currently hosts its performances at the San Marcos High School Performing Arts Center, submitted […]

Plastic in the oceans inspires documentary

Plastic in the oceans inspires documentary

ENCINITAS — While on a walk on the beach with his wife Maxine a couple of years ago, Philippe Carillo came across a plastic bag on the shore. By the end of their walk, they had filled the bag full with more plastic and trash. Wondering where it was all coming from, the couple had […]

‘Thorny’ issue getting better along roads

‘Thorny’ issue getting better along roads

ENCINITAS — There was a time that bicyclers riding through Leucadia would avoid the east side of Coast Highway 101 and the west side of Vulcan Avenue between Encinitas and Leucadia boulevards at all cost. The reason: Tiny jagged-shaped thorns that would flatten cyclists tires — from school-aged children to Councilman Tony Kranz and everyone […]

Encinitas celebrates Nimoy with week of ‘Spock Block’

Encinitas celebrates Nimoy with week of ‘Spock Block’

ENCINITAS — Vulcan Avenue: The not-so-final frontier. Voyage a block of this avenue — between D and E streets — for a weeklong mission to celebrate the life of Leonard Nimoy — the most prominent of Vulcans. Nimoy, who passed away in February, portrayed the character of Spock from the planet Vulcan in the “Star […]

Barriers on San Elijo Avenue placed as a matter of public safety

Barriers on San Elijo Avenue placed as a matter of public safety

ENCINITAS — It didn’t take Michael Manhard long to express his feelings about the new “additions” to his neighborhood — more than a dozen temporary barriers at the edge of a bluff adjacent to the stretch of San Elijo Avenue where he lives. “Of course I think they’re ugly,” said Manhard, who lives in a […]

First Thursdays kick off spring in Encinitas

First Thursdays kick off spring in Encinitas

Encinitas 101 MainStreet follows its mission and mantra: “Downtown Encinitas — a place to Live, Work, and Play,” in presenting First Thursdays, a free monthly community evening of food, art and entertainment along Coast Highway 101. Originating a few years ago as a means of drawing residents and visitors to eat, drink and shop on […]

Local actress stars in Cuban film

Local actress stars in Cuban film

ENCINITAS — Emmy Harrington was in her sixth-grade play, took a drama class in junior high school and participated in theater productions while attending San Dieguito Academy. But when the former Encinitas resident decided to pursue professional acting she never imagined her career would take her to Cuba. Harrington stars in “La Noche Buena,” a […]

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