Encinitas is a coastal city located in northern San Diego County, California. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 58,014. It is located about 40 km (25 mi) north of San Diego, and about 150 km (95 mi) south of Los Angeles.
The city was incorporated in 1986 from the towns of Old Encinitas, Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Olivenhain. These communities retain their identities, and their distinctive flavors.
The climate is very mild. Average daily high temperature is 72 °F (22 °C). Temperatures below 40 °F and above 85 °F (outside the 5 °C to 30 °C range) are rare. Average rainfall is about 250 mm (10 in) per year.Web Sites and Links
An Encinitas State of MindA profile of the city by Thomas K. Arnold, published in San Diego Magazine.
Quail Botanical GardensFeatures rare bamboo groves, desert gardens, a tropical rainforest, California native plants, Mediterranean climate landscapes, and a subtropical fruit garden. Information about visiting, volunteering, children's and adult events and classes.
The San Elijo Lagoon ConservancyA non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and enhancing the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. Description and history of the lagoon, slideshows, events listing, news, and membership and contact information.