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Encinitas is a beachfront town that is located north of San Diego off Highway 5. With an average daily temperature year round of 72 degrees and sunshine almost every day, Encinitas is synonymous with outdoor living. The town of Encinitas has six miles of coastline, 10 public beaches, eleven parks, and is marked by the Batiquitos Lagoon to the north and the San Elijo Lagoon to the south. The beach at the southern end of Encinitas offers world class surfing, and is also a great place for sunbathing and swimming. In addition to the usual beach activities, other things to see and do in Encinitas is visiting the Quail Botanical Gardens, the Friday Farmer's Market in Old Encinitas, and Sunday concerts at Moonlight Beach in July and August. Shopping is diverse in Encinitas, mixing quaint shops and restaurants in downtown with new shopping malls and plazas. Once known as the "flower capital of the world," visit one of the several nurseries in Encinitas open to the public. There is also a famous retreat located in Encinitas where people from around the world come to meditate as they gaze at the Pacific Ocean. With an annual street fair in the spring to Oktoberfest in the fall, you will never run out of things to do while visiting beautiful Encinitas!

Surrounding areas: Cardiff by the Sea, California (1.5 mi), Solana Beach, California (3.5 mi), Rancho Santa Fe, California (4.4 mi), Carlsbad, California (5.5 mi), Del Mar, California (5.7 mi), Lake San Marcos, California (6.8 mi), Vista, California (10.9 mi)

Encinitas Vacation Rentals

Encinitas Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Inn & Suites-encinitas85 Encinitas BlvdEncinitas, CA (760) 942-7455
Days Inn - Encinitas133 Encinitas BlvdEncinitas, CA (760) 944-0260
Econo Lodge410 N Hwy 101Encinitas, CA (760) 436-4999
Howerd Johnson Inn607 Leucadia BlvdEncinitas, CA (760) 944-3800
Leucadia Beach Motel1322 N Hwy 101Encinitas, CA (760) 943-7461
Ocean Inn Hotel1444 N Coast Hwy 101Encinitas, CA (760) 436-1988
Comfort Inn Cardiff By The Sea1661 Villa Cardiff DrCardiff By Sea, CA1.2 mi.(760) 944-0427
Cardiff By The Sea Lodge142 Chesterfield DrCardiff By Sea, CA1.8 mi.(760) 944-6474
La Costa Resort And Spa2100 Costa Del Mar RdCarlsbad, CA3.2 mi.(619) 438-9111
Courtyard By Marriott-Solana Beach717 South Hwy 101Solana Beach, CA3.7 mi.(858) 792-8200
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites621 S Hwy 101Solana Beach, CA3.7 mi.(858) 350-0111
Ramada Inn Solana Beach717 S Hwy 101Solana Beach, CA3.7 mi.(858) 792-8200
Del Mar Hilton North San Diego15575 Jimmy Durante BlvdDel Mar, CA4.7 mi.(858) 792-5200
Motel 6 #471750 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA4.8 mi.(619) 431-0745
Quality Inn & Suites715 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA4.8 mi.(760) 931-1185
Fairfield Inn Carlsbad760 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA4.9 mi.(760) 438-2828
Quality Inn & Suites Near Legoland760 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA4.9 mi.(760) 438-2828
Ramada Carlsbad751 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA4.9 mi.(760) 438-2285
Courtyard By Marriott Carlsbad5835 Owens AveCarlsbad, CA5.3 mi.(800) 321-2211
Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad6450 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA5.6 mi.(460) 476-0800
L'auberge Del Mar Resort & Spa1540 Camino Del MarDel Mar, CA5.8 mi.(858) 259-1515
Holiday Inn-carlsbad By The Sea850 Palomar Airport RdCarlsbad, CA6.1 mi.(760) 438-7880
Surf Motel3136 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA6.1 mi.(760) 729-7961
The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel5805 Armada DrCarlsbad, CA6.1 mi.(760) 827-3200
Motel 6 #13516117 Paseo Del NorteCarlsbad, CA6.3 mi.(619) 438-1242
Residence Inn By Marriott Carlsbad2000 Faraday AveCarlsbad, CA6.3 mi.(800) 331-3131
Best Western Stratford Inn701 Camino Del MarDel Mar, CA6.5 mi.(858) 755-1501
Stratford Inn710 Camino Del MarDel Mar, CA6.5 mi.(858) 755-1501
Inns Of America Suites5010 Avenida EncinasCarlsbad, CA7.1 mi.(760) 929-8200
West Inn & Suites4970 Avenida EncinasCarlsbad, CA7.1 mi.(760) 448-4500
Doubletree Hotel Del Mar11915 El Camino RealSan Diego, CA8.5 mi.(858) 481-5900
Hampton Inn Del Mar11920 El Camino RealSan Diego, CA8.5 mi.(858) 792-5557
Super 8 Motel Carlsbad3700 Pio Pico DrCarlsbad, CA8.6 mi.(760) 720-0808
Ramada LTD517 San Marcos BlvdSan Marcos, CA8.6 mi.(760) 471-2800
San Diego Marriott Del Mar1196 El Camino RealSan Diego, CA8.8 mi.(800) 228-9290
Best Western Beach View Lodge3180 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA8.9 mi.(619) 729-1151
Hampton Inn123 E Carmel StSan Marcos, CA8.9 mi.(760) 736-9249
La Quinta Motor Inn #643630 Sycamore AveVista, CA8.9 mi.(760) 727-8180
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort3075 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA9.0 mi.(619) 434-7020
Motel 6 #10211006 Carlsbad VLG DrCarlsbad, CA9.1 mi.(619) 434-7135
Bed & Breakfast
Coronado Victorian House Bed & Breakfast1000 Eighth StCoronado, CA25.1 mi.(619) 435-2200

Encinitas Weather & Climate

Sunshine almost every day and winters that are mild and free of snow attract millions to the southern California coastline, between Los Angeles and San Diego, every year. The climate is mostly classified as Mediterranean with winters being just a few degrees cooler than summers. There is little to no rain from May through September or October, which is great for outdoors activities, but bad for fire danger. Fog and low clouds usually hug the coastline in the summertime in the late evening and the wee hours of the morning, but burns off by midday. The rainy season generally runs November through March or sometimes April. Thunderstorms are infrequent and light. As you move further inland away from the cooling effect of the ocean breezes, temperatures become warmer with more variation between summer and winter.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 68°F 42°F 3.37 in. 57°F
February 69°F 44°F 3.16 in. 57°F
March 70°F 46°F 3.30 in. 58°F
April 74°F 49°F 1.04 in. 60°F
May 77°F 54°F 0.27 in. 62°F
June 83°F 57°F 0.11 in. 64°F
July 88°F 61°F 0.07 in. 66°F
August 89°F 63°F 0.02 in. 69°F
September 86°F 61°F 0.22 in. 67°F
October 81°F 54°F 0.44 in. 63°F
November 73°F 46°F 1.32 in. 61°F
December 69°F 41°F 1.78 in. 59°F

Encinitas Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Palm Springs International airport (PSP) located about 69 miles northeast of Encinitas in Palm Springs, California, the Ontario International airport (ONT) located approximately 72 miles north of Encinitas in Ontario, California, the San Bernardino International airport (SBD) located roughly 72 miles north of Encinitas in San Bernardino, California, and finally the Long Beach airport (LGB) located around 73 miles northwest of Encinitas in Long Beach, California.

Encinitas Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbadCA9.1 mi.
Belmont ParkSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
SeaWorld San DiegoSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA24.9 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA63.2 mi.
Adventure CityAnaheimCA66.0 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA66.0 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA66.0 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA70.1 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA70.6 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA73.7 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA75.9 mi.
Water Parks
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA43.2 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA68.6 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA70.1 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA70.6 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA79.6 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA118.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Encinitas Ranch Golf CourseEncinitasCA 
Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf CourseSolana BeachCA3.3 mi.
Rancho Carlsbad Country ClubCarlsbadCA5.5 mi.
Lake San Marcos Resort & Executive Golf CourseLake San MarcosCA6.8 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf CourseSan MarcosCA9.2 mi.
Torrey Pines Municipal Golf CourseLa JollaCA9.9 mi.
Emerald Isle Golf CourseOceansideCA11.8 mi.
Castle Creek Country ClubEscondidoCA12.0 mi.
Meadow Lake Golf ClubEscondidoCA12.0 mi.
Oceanside Center City Golf CourseOceansideCA12.0 mi.
Oceanside Golf CourseOceansideCA12.0 mi.
Reidy Creek Golf CourseEscondidoCA12.0 mi.
Vineyard at EscondidoEscondidoCA12.0 mi.
Maderas Golf ClubPowayCA15.2 mi.
Woods Valley Golf ClubValley CenterCA18.1 mi.
Balboa Park Municipal Golf ClubSan DiegoCA19.7 mi.
Carmel Mountain Country ClubSan DiegoCA19.7 mi.
Eagle Crest Golf ClubSan DiegoCA19.7 mi.
Mission Bay Golf CourseSan DiegoCA19.7 mi.
Mission Trails Golf CourseSan DiegoCA19.7 mi.
Oaks North Golf CourseSan DiegoCA19.7 mi.
Tecolote Canyon Golf CourseSan DiegoCA19.7 mi.
Presidio Hills Golf CourseSan DiegoCA20.3 mi.
Roseville Rolling Greens Golf CourseRosevilleCA22.6 mi.
Sun City Roseville Golf CourseRosevilleCA22.6 mi.
Woodcreek Golf ClubRosevilleCA22.6 mi.
Fallbrook Golf ClubFallbrookCA22.7 mi.
Colina Park Golf CourseSan DiegoCA23.1 mi.
Mt Woodson Golf ClubRamonaCA23.9 mi.
San Vicente Inn & Golf ClubRamonaCA23.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA80.9 mi.
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA93.3 mi.
State Parks
Palomar Mountain State ParkCA29.2 mi. 
Border Field State ParkCA36.0 mi. 
Museum of Making MusicCarlsbadCA9.1 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Antique Gas & Steam Engine MuseumVistaCA10.9 mi.(Technology)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA12.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA12.2 mi.(Miscellaneous)
ICR Museum of Creation & Earth HistorySanteeCA22.4 mi.(Science)
San Diego Historical SocietySan DiegoCA23.7 mi.(History)
San Diego Maritime MuseumSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science CenterSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.(Science)
San Diego Natural History MuseumSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.(Science)
Firehouse MuseumSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.(Technology)
Mingei International MuseumSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.(Art)
Museum of Photographic ArtsSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.(Art)
San Diego Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.(Art)
Timken Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.(Art)
Computer Museum of AmericaLa MesaCA24.0 mi.(Technology)
Heritage of San Clemente & Visitor CenterSan ClementeCA32.9 mi.(History)
Beall Center for Art and TechnologyIrvineCA53.6 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Irvine MuseumIrvineCA53.6 mi.(Art)
National Bicycle History Archive of AmericaSanta AnaCA59.4 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA23.7 mi.
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA59.4 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA66.1 mi.
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA69.8 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA89.3 mi.

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