Encinitas is one of those places where pro snowboarders, surfers and skaters – those guys who can live almost anywhere in the world, those guys who appreciate the beauty of a laid back lifestyle – this is one of those places they choose to live. But you wouldn’t know it. Encinitas is the pretty, low-key, coastal town before you hit the business of San Diego. Surf shops and bars, laid back beach houses and colourful tropical plants. It’s home to Swami’s, which is both a famous surf break and a meditation garden. In a way, that says it all.
Delicate flowers and grasses growing out of cracks in the cliff; Tall thin palm trees and a variety of colourful clifftop vegetation.
Two surfers walk along the beach on the way back home from a surf, the high cliffs meaning there are only a few places to enter the beach.
Palm trees against a blue sky with light wispy clouds.
Looking down the beach with seaweed in the foreground; Three different coloured koi fish in a pond at the Swami’s Meditation Garden.
A man takes an early morning run on the seaweed-covered beach, past one of the life saving shacks that dot beaches in California; Looking across the wet sand to the ocean early in the morning, a few surfers in the waves.
A wall of bright pink papery flowers, everywhere in Encinitas.
Tropical hibiscus flowers against a bright blue sky; Surf-themed street numbers in the form of a painted wave, on the gutter beside thick green grass.
Vibrant green seaweed on the bottom of the beach cliffs, as a couple walks together in the distance.
Surfboards out the front of a small surf shop in nearby Oceanside; Wetsuits hang out to dry on tree branches beside a tent at the camping ground.
Looking past the fence to an old California-style house with an old classic car.
A fuzzy trunk with unusual green plants in the Swami’s Meditation Garden; The ubiquitous pink papery flowers.
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