Best Places in Encinitas

Restaurants, Schools, and Youth Sports

Do you envision your life in San Diego as a picture out of Surfer Magazine? Warm sandy beaches, powerful waves and of course lots and lots of surfboards can be found in the community of Encinitas, CA. Many well-known surfers (and not so well known too) are happy to call Encinitas home and their first choice of local surf spots is “Swami’s”-a name inspired by the Self Realization Foundation temple and gardens that look out over this beach.

Of course, you don’t have to own a surfboard to purchase property in Encinitas. Many are drawn here for the great schools, restaurants, weather and shopping. Old Encinitas, New Encinitas, Olivenhain, Leucadia, and Cardiff-by-the-Sea are the five distinct areas of this community. Each Maintaining their own culture and vibe.

Top 5 Family Restaurants

1. Rosanna’s Pasta Shop

A family owned pasta shop that has been serving delicious homemade Italian food for over 30 years.

2. Oscars Mexican Seafood

One of San Diego’s favorites for fish tacos has now opened a location in Encinitas.

3. The Crack Shack

Bringing a high culinary focus to a fine-casual, indoor/outdoor setting. Their menu is sourced from the best ingredients but they are best known for the fried chicken.

4. Encinitas Fish Shop

This review from Devin B. on yelp says it all “Great Mahi Mahi tacos! Fun dog-friendly patio area with great beer selection.”

5. Bella Giulia

This laid back Italian restaurant offers mini pizzas, salads and pasta dishes at very affordable prices.

Best Schools

Public Elementary

Flora Vista Elementary School (K-6)

They have been recognized 4 times as a California Distinguished School and they also have a top rating of 10 from 

Capri Elementary School (K-6)

Capri puts an emphasis on a positive school climate. They are recipients of both the California Distinguished School and Golden Bell Awards.

Ocean Knoll Elementary (K-6)

Since it’s beginnings in 1959 Ocean Knoll has been providing an award-winning education. They have also been authorized by the International Baccalaureate Primary  Years Program.

High School

San Dieguito High Academy

Home of the Mustangs since 1936, SDA has a  rating of 10.


The Grauer (7-12)

This college preparatory believes it takes more than acing tests to succeed in life. They tout the best student to teacher ratio in the area 7:1 !

Flora Vista Elementary School

Capri Elementary School 

Ocean Knoll Elementary 

San Dieguito High Academy 

The Grauer 

Youth Sports Programs

Encinitas Little League

Established in 1957 and home to over 500 baseball fans. Their goal is to teach the ideals of good sportsmanship, honesty, loyalty, courage and reverence through supervised baseball.

Encinitas Parks Rec

Offering everything from summer camp to a junior lifeguard program at Encinitas Community Center or on the beautiful local beaches.

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

Rated one of the most active and progressive YMCA’s in the nation.

Encinitas Express Soccer

A community-based soccer organization that supports the development of players of all ages and abilities.

Encinitas Youth Basketball League

A local basketball league for boys and girls to play winter basketball

Encinitas Little League 

Encinitas Parks Rec

Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

Encinitas Express Soccer

Encinitas Youth Basketball League