You won’t find many chain establishments in Encinitas, recently named among the 20 best surf towns by National Geographic. Downtown Encinitas has a shopping district like no other in Southern California. From local coffee shops to fresh seafood restaurants, and surf shops to record stores, Encinitas is a reminder of the thriving beach culture from the mid-1900s.
Famous Moonlight State Beach is known for the midnight picnics local residents have had there, dating back to the early 1900s, and is now a popular spot for post-sunset bonfires and barbeques. Be sure to take a stroll through the 37-acre San Diego Botanical Garden, which showcases nearly 4,000 kinds of plants from all over the world.