Encinitas, CA, USA

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Encinitas, CA, USA

Encinitas vacation rentals

A laid-back beach city with plenty of local charm

Ride north out of bustling San Diego along the famous Coast Highway and you'll soon hit Encinitas. A chilled-out, no-worries surfer spot that's blessed with great beginner waves, encompassed by palm-spotted wetlands, and fringed with a rolling run of glistening Pacific beachfront, there's plenty to like. You can get Encinitas vacation rentals with salt-washed decks and patios overlooking the ocean, or opt for something along the bustling strips in the heart of the town, where surf shacks and taco joints are the name of the game.

Surfing and chilling on the South Californian sands

Encinitas is a surfer town at heart. Laid-back and lazy, the vibes here are all about kicking back on the long and meandering sand stretches that run southwards from Swami's and all the way past the city from Beacon's Beach in the north. Be sure to look for Encinitas vacation rentals somewhere close to the clifftops along the shore if you want to be the first catching Pacific swells in the morning, and the last to watch the beautiful pinkish-red sunsets at night. There's also plenty of room for self-discovery in chilled Encinitas, with all its meditation and yoga retreats, the mindfulness clinics, and realization camps.

Between the beaches and the bars in Encinitas

Just one trip to the serene parklands of the Self Realization Fellowship Hermitage should be enough to get you attuned to the New Age vibes of hippy Encinitas. You can stroll the walks there and relax in the Zen gardens, breath the salt air and watch Chinese trout nip in the ponds. After that, a jaunt to the beautiful Cardiff State Park or Moonlight Beach on either side of the city is a must, where you can wax up the surfboard or just watch the awesome sunset show. At night, be sure to retire to the nearby organic restaurants and bars, where local wave riders share stories of their sessions on the swells.

Enjoy an Indian Summer in Encinitas

There's really no time like the late summer in this little beach town on the edge of the South Californian coast. Seek out Encinitas vacation rentals in the months of September and October to enjoy some of the peak weather for the region, which means temperatures consistently in the 70s, long, sunny days, and some pretty gnarly surf to boot. Early spring, in April and early May, is another good choice, when the summertime crowds have yet to descend on the sun-soaked Pacific coast.

Washed over by the Pacific Ocean

If there's one natural feature that really defines Encinitas, it's the ocean. With the salty rollers of the Pacific caressing the whole shoreline just west of the town center, its main draws are the protected beach parks of Cardiff, Leucadia, and San Elijo. These are not only hotspots for surfing, swimming, and sunset viewing, but also the embarkation point for many a dolphin spotting or whale watching excursion out over the swells. Meanwhile, the bluffs that rise in the east are home to palm-spotted lagoons and botanical gardens packed with palm trees.