Sunshine defines the weather of Encinitas. The city boasts an average temperature of 72 degrees and yearly rainfall is estimated at nine to 11 inches. The winter months rarely cause the thermometer to drop below 40 degrees and sea breezes keeps the area cool even in the dog days of summer. The temperature seldom ever rises above 85 degrees.
Encinitas as a whole is made up of five communities, including Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Leucadia, New Encinitas, Old Encinitas and Olivenhain. They are all known for their charming antique shops and cafes, perfect for relaxing or enjoying the beach atmosphere after a day of shopping. Additionally, Olivenhain is famous for its yearly Oktoberfest, a celebration of the community?s German heritage.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a surfer?s Mecca. Home to pro surfer Rob Machado, it hosts an annual surf contest in his name. The town is situated at the mouth of the San Elijio lagoon. The lagoon is known for providing consistent waves year-round, making it an ideal surfing spot. Cardiff-by-the-Sea is also the home of the renowned Cardiff State Beach, which offers a campground so popular it has been known to have a waiting list of up to a year. This 4,000 square foot beach makes it possible for anyone to camp out right on the beach?provided that they?re patient.
A unique local attraction is the Quail Botanical Gardens, located just a mile east of highway 101. This 30-acre garden features the largest bamboo collection in the United States, a 60-foot waterfall, a rainforest exhibit and a coastal scrub habitat. It is also home to more than 300 species of birds. Other attractions include the San Dieguito Historical Museum and La Paloma Theater, which is purported to have been the first theater to screen ?talking? pictures outside of Hollywood circa 1928.
The city is very active in promoting and supporting community and civic activities. Annual events include a 5K run/walk, a summer concert series by the sea, a holiday parade, a spring egg hunt, classic car shows, farmer?s markets, art festivals, theater productions and more. Encinitas? parks and recreation department offers recreational sports leagues for adults and children, as well as junior lifeguard training and surfing lessons. Many well-run programs enhance and support Encinitas family, teen and senior life. A family enrichment program, community tutoring, senior services programs, teen after-school programs, day camps, community classes and more are available.
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