Cardiff, Encinitas, Leucadia, & Olivenhain
Encinitas is divided into five areas, four of which are beach towns that have retained their charm and simplicity. Bordered by two lagoons and known as the “Flower Capital of the World,” Encinitas is one of the world’s major suppliers of poinsettias. Old Encinitas is beachside, while inland New Encinitas features golf courses, shopping centers and larger tract homes. Moonlight Beach, with its sand volleyball and firepits, is a classic symbol of the Encinitas way of life. At the South end of Encinitas is Cardiff-By-The-Sea, where the sprawling grounds of the Self-Realization Fellowship are perched above the beaches below where residents walk, surf, and swim daily. Streets are named after British cities and classical composers. People move here because they crave a simpler lifestyle, one in which they can be in touch with Nature and buy groceries in their neighborhood store where they can find locally grown produce. Leucadia, which means Isle of Paradise, is a quiet surfing town, reminiscent of California beach village of the past. It is located in the north coastal part of Encinitas, just south of Carlsbad. Inland, Olivenhain (German for “olive grove”) is semi-rural and country living at its best, offering estate homes on large lots, ideal for gardening, peaceful reflection, and horse-keeping, yet still close to shopping and restaurants.
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