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Things to do in Encinitas

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Garden
“A beautiful and unique place to go with the family. There is wonderful place for children to play and peaceful walk while enjoying all the botanicals ”
  • 82 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“It is a simple 15 minute walk from the Casita. Food is available during the summer. There are volleyball courts, a kids play area, bathrooms and showers. The lifeguards are there year round. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great ultra casual seafood! Local favorite beachy spot just a 10minutes away in Leucadia. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Hotel
“Well equipped for both children's and adults' recreation. Good for surfing, swimming, surf finshing, beach volleyball, and bonfires. ”
  • 66 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“They having been serving coffee, tea, breakfast and lunch since 1968. The buliding itself used to be the old Santa Fe Railroad Station. A fun place to sit and enjoy the people.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Church
“Golden domes, beautiful gardens, and spectacular ocean views, the Self Realization Fellowship Temple includes an ashram and a retreat. The Fellowship has been in existence since 1936. Known locally as Swami's, it abuts a famous surfing spot. ”
  • 61 locals recommend
Beach
“Head west to the 101 and drive north to Swami's beach. Park there & walk or bike south all the way to Solana Beach or head north & walk through the charming town on Encinitas. ”
  • 52 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“Great casual beachy restaurant with excellent food of all types. Great happy hour, especially their margaritas and nightly live music make this a local fav!”
  • 60 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“One of my favorites not only form the food and drink, but also location. Right on the beach in Cardiff by the Sea. Go for a walk in the beach after or head to Kraken across the street for a good dive bar experience. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bar
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“Delicious food and relaxing atmosphere. They also have a great selection of beers and serve bottomless mimosas from 9am-3pm!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Winery
“This is a winery with a ton of varietals because they don’t have their own vineyard—they source from all over. Their Spanish-inspired tapas and platters are also good!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Café
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“Head here in the morning for a local cup of brew. The avocado roasts are great too and people watching is fun on the seats outside. ”
  • 46 locals recommend
Bakery
“In the downtown area of Encinitas, you always know what you're getting with Whole Foods. Quality food and products - though their prices are above regular grocery stores. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“This is an upscale outdoor shopping mall. Well curated favorite stores. I love the atmosphere. ”
  • 40 locals recommend
Café
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“Quick and delicious food with outdoor seating. Lisa's favorite Encinitas restaurant. Dog friendly patio! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Local Leucadia coffee favorite. Take a to go Latte and walk up the hill to Beacons beach”
  • 35 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Great ultra casual seafood! Local favorite beachy spot just a 10minutes away in Leucadia. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“They having been serving coffee, tea, breakfast and lunch since 1968. The buliding itself used to be the old Santa Fe Railroad Station. A fun place to sit and enjoy the people.”
  • 65 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Great casual beachy restaurant with excellent food of all types. Great happy hour, especially their margaritas and nightly live music make this a local fav!”
  • 60 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“One of my favorites not only form the food and drink, but also location. Right on the beach in Cardiff by the Sea. Go for a walk in the beach after or head to Kraken across the street for a good dive bar experience. ”
  • 50 locals recommend
Bar
“Delicious food and relaxing atmosphere. They also have a great selection of beers and serve bottomless mimosas from 9am-3pm!”
  • 47 locals recommend
Winery
“This is a winery with a ton of varietals because they don’t have their own vineyard—they source from all over. Their Spanish-inspired tapas and platters are also good!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Café
“Quick and delicious food with outdoor seating. Lisa's favorite Encinitas restaurant. Dog friendly patio! ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Gastropub
“The Bier Garden of Encinitas is a great place to hang out with friends after work or after a day on the beach. You can perch on a vivid green stool in front of 32 tap handles offering some of the best craft beer from Southern California. The menu is designed to work well with beer, and it is unique, very SoCal, and satisfying whether you go for a full dinner or choose a bunch of small plates such as skewers with chicken thighs marinated in peanut sauce or short rib corn nachos with mango salsa and tomato soaked in Bier cheese sauce and chipotle aioli and served with tortilla chips. You also might want to sample their very interesting Bloody Mary menu. They come with beer chasers.”
  • 40 locals recommend

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