The city’s name comes from the Spanish word meaning “little oaks”. But Encinitas is far from little. In fact, it’s one of the largest coastal cities in San Diego. It has more of a relaxed and surfer-chill vibe than other coastal cities, like Del Mar and La Jolla, but is still a highly desirable place to live. Encinitas is known for its local shops, restaurants, and eateries, many of which cater to a more earthy approach to life: eating farm-to-table, vegetarian, vegan, or employing the health benefits of herbal medicine. The city can be divided into four areas: Old Encinitas, Leucadia, Olivenhain, and New Encinitas. Home prices are more moderate, especially in the eastern parts of the city. Encinitas is known for its surfing, particularly at the famous Swami’s surf break and Moonlight Beach. The mainstreet association, Encinitas 101, puts on lots of great events in the downtown of Old Encinitas including street fairs, food fairs, Christmas tree lightings, and more. Museums in Encinitas include the San Diego Botanic Gardens, Lux Art Institute, and the San Dieguito Heritage Museum. There’s always something to do in Encinitas!