Tucked just 25 miles north of downtown San Diego but far away from the hustle and bustle, you’ll discover a hidden gem. Encinitas, CA, is a small, seaside town in North County San Diego that brings an immediate sense of calm, peace, and healing to its visitors. Whether you’re traveling here to catch a wave alongside professional surfers or discover your healthiest, most awakened self, you’ll find exactly what you’re seeking in beautiful Encinitas.

In Encinitas, farmers markets and historical sites recall the town’s quiet past as a farming community. Yoga studios, spas, acupuncturists, chiropractors, and Natural Medicine specialists help you get in touch with your best mental, spiritual, and physical health. Botanic and meditation gardens are at once spectacular and soothing. There are countless hiking and biking trails where you can inhale a breath of fresh air and take in ocean views. To the many who make Encinitas a home away from home, the only difficult thing about this town is leaving it!

Below, we’ve compiled just a handful of ways to find inner peace in Encinitas, CA. For a complete list of our favorite things to do in North County San Diego, be sure to request access to our complimentary Encinitas Destination Guide!

The Best Things to Do in North County San Diego

For the Spiritual Traveler

The stress of everyday life can be taxing on our wellbeing, but Encinitas feels worlds away from the hustle and bustle. If you need to recalibrate at a world-class yoga studio, heal your senses with a renowned Naturopathic professional, or discover a tranquil place for profound meditation, Encinitas offers a wide variety of holistic services that will leave you feeling brand new.

Yoga Studios

  • Soul of Yoga
  • Yoga Tropics
  • Core Power Yoga

Healers

  • Dr. Amy Chadwick
  • Charles Clay
  • Bloom Naturopathic Health

Meditation Studios

  • Deekpa Chopra Center
  • Deer Park Monastery
  • Encinitas Self-Realization Fellowship Temple

Spas

  • Four Moons Spa
  • Lemongrass Aveda Salon and Spa
  • The Encinitas Spa
Beach yoga, one of the best spiritual wellness activities

For the Gourmand

Wellness is at the core of everything we do at The Inn at Moonlight Beach. Aside from our freshly harvested Biodynamic fruits, vegetables, and herbs, you’ll love our gluten-free and organic refreshments. Venture out into downtown Encinitas and find countless organic, vegan-friendly restaurants! No matter what kind of food you’re in the mood for, you’ll be treated to nourishing and delicious fare.

Best Spots for Vegan, Gluten-free, and Organic Eats

  • GOODONYA Organic Eatery
  • Nectarine Grove
  • Lotus Cafe and Juice Bar

Local Favorite Restaurants

  • Maurizio’s Trattoria
  • Q’ero
  • Siamese Basil

Quick Eats and Dessert

  • Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream
  • Moonlight Beach Concession Stand
  • Raul’s Taco Shack

Seafood Eateries

  • Pacific Coast Grill
  • Hapifish Sushi
  • Land and Water Co.

Waterfront Dining

  • The Marine Room
  • Fish 101
  • Ki’s

Best Brunch Places

  • Solace and the Moonlight Lounge
  • Union Kitchen and Tap
  • Priority Public House

Happy Hour Spots

  • Chandler’s
  • The Roxy
  • Encinitas Fish Shop

Late-Night Eats

  • 3rd Corner
  • Death by Tequila
  • The Bier Garden of Encinitas

Coffee Shops

  • Lofty Coffee Co.
  • Ironsmith Coffee Roasters
  • Better Buzz Coffee Roasters

Breweries, Wineries, and Tasting Rooms

  • Solterra Winery and Kitchen
  • Culture Brewing Co.
  • Carruth Cellars Tasting Room
Health salad, Buddha bowl of mixed vegetables (at one of the best downtown Encinitas restaurants)

For the Surfer

As one of the top five surfing destinations in the world (according to National Geographic), Encinitas offers a variety of gorgeous, cliff-framed beaches where you can test out your surfing skills. Whether you’re a seasoned surfer, beginner, or just want to catch a wave alongside the professionals, Encinitas is the perfect place to hang loose.

Where to Sharpen Your Skills

  • Moonlight Beach Surf Camps
  • Surfhouse Adventures
  • Leucadia Surf School

Best Beaches

  • Moonlight Beach
  • Beacon Beach
  • Oceanside
Surfer Catching Air

For the Outdoor Enthusiast

Though Encinitas offers plenty of holistic indoor experiences, it’s also perfect for those who love fresh-air activities. Hike a natural trail by the sea, paddle our pristine Pacific waters, or hop on your bike and explore. You can't go wrong spending time outside in beachside Southern California.

Hiking and Biking Trails

  • Batiquitos Lagoon
  • Torrey Pines State Reserve
  • Annie’s Canyon Trail

Tubing, Canoeing, and Kayaking

  • Carlsbad Lagoon
  • La Jolla Cove
  • Everyday California at La Jolla

Golf Courses

  • Torrey Pines Golf Course
  • Aviara Golf Club
  • Encinitas Ranch Golf Course
Silhouette of a Bike on the Beach

For the History Buff

Encinitas plays an important role in California’s history. Numerous luminaries have called this town home through the years, and there’s so much to learn about their spiritual legacies. History buffs love exploring the countless attractions in Encinitas that feature photography, exhibits, and artifacts from the region’s interesting past.

Museums and Historical Sites

  • Encinitas Historical Society and 1883 Schoolhouse
  • Olivenhain Meeting Hall
  • San Dieguito Heritage Museum
spirituality collage

For Those Who Love to Shop

Need a little retail therapy? In addition to rejuvenating spiritual experiences, Encinitas offers a variety of local shops to browse. Whether you’re shopping for healing stones, sustainably sourced clothing, books, or furniture, you’ll discover your new favorite shopping spot in Encinitas.

Best Shopping Spots

  • Carlsbad Premium Outlets
  • Earth’s Elements
  • Soulscape Gift and Bookstore
Man hand holding shopping bags on the street in the shopping mall

For the Festival Lover

No matter what time of year you visit historic Encinitas, you’ll be greeted with plenty of lively festivals, cultural events, and local happenings. It doesn't matter if you're athletic, easygoing, young, or old—there's a special celebration and plenty of positive energy waiting just for you!

Spring Events

  • Encinitas April Street Fair
  • Fiesta Del Sol
  • Busker Festival

Summer Events

  • Annual Taste of Encinitas
  • Comic-con
  • Summer Horse Race Season in Del Mar

Fall Events

  • KAABOO Del Mar
  • Moonlight Beach Bash
  • Encinitas Oktoberfest

Winter Events

  • Fall/Winter Horse Race Season in Del Mar
  • Garden of Lights
  • San Diego International Auto Show
Blur festival events Market outdoor with people

For Those Who Want to Experience a Rejuvenating Getaway

There’s only one place in Encinitas that offers a perfect blend of private location, storied past, WELL-certified features, and nourishing amenities. The Inn at Moonlight Beach is a family-owned, 5-room inn nestled in the heart of downtown Encinitas. Here, your wellbeing is our central focus. From our complimentary Healthy Start Breakfast Baskets (packed with locally sourced treats) to the eco-memory foam beds and air purifiers in each room, every detail of your spacious, modern room is carefully considered and crafted for health and happiness. You’ll love your room’s bright, airy decor and luxurious perks like a private deck (perfect for yoga and meditation), a large soaking tub, and ocean views. No matter what calls you to The Inn at Moonlight Beach, you’ll experience a truly rejuvenating, unforgettable stay.

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