The City of Encinitas was founded over 100 years ago but was only recently incorporated in 1986. This drew together 5 different communities that still take pride in their own distinct personalities: "Historic Encinitas" lies along the Highway 101 corridor that parallels the beautiful beaches and ocean; "New Encinitas" centers around El Camino Real, where one can find numerous shopping centers, medical offices, and other amenities; "Cardiff-by-the-Sea", the only community with its own postal zip code, is mostly made up of quaint homes dotting the hillsides overlooking the sea; "Leucadia" is famous for its laid back atmosphere, its giant eucalyptus trees that line the main thoroughfare on the Coast Highway, and its prime surf spots. "Olivenhain" (which means "olive grove" in German) is home to numerous horse trails, larger estates, and a more rural way of life.
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