Leucadia

Whether you want attractions, or beaches, Leucadia is a magnificent destination neighborhood. Spend the day at the kid-friendly LEGOLAND California, or walk to the local shopping boutiques, quaint cafés, and beaches. Watch for the friendly dolphins as you paddle board, surf, or sunbathe. You and your kids will love Leucadia!
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Local Attractions & Beaches in Leucadia

Highway 101 in LeucadiaBeacons Beach, a Great Surf Beach

Not every beachgoer wants a large resort feel; in fact, some of the best beaches are a bit off the beaten path, allowing them to retain their natural essence.

Leucadia, in North County Coastal San Diego in the city limits of Encinitas, is one such beach community. The locals like their beach town funky, and if you appreciate that simple, eclectic vibe, this may be the vacation spot for you.

Leucadia isn’t hard to find; the main drag through town is S Coast Highway 101, the scenic counterpart to Interstate 5. If you continue north on either road, you end up in Carlsbad, and south will take you past Encinitas, Cardiff by the Sea, Del Mar, La Jolla, and straight into San Diego city limits.

The history of Leucadia adds to its colorful charm. The area was once farmland, used primarily for flowers and avocados, but then it was developed as a beach resort town. The name was either from that intention to create a resort feel mimicking a Greek isle, but it may have also been thanks to the English spiritualists who were drawn to the area. Either way, Leucadia does have a magical energy and a laid-back attitude.

Leucadia is primarily a residential area, but you can definitely find quaint hotels and inns tucked in between neighborhoods. The main street is where you’ll find most restaurants, shops, and even an art gallery or two, which means you’ll have local flavor to try when you stay in this beach community.

If the main town sign is any indication, surfing is one of the main reasons why people visit Leucadia. It’s common to see surfers carrying their boards down the stairways to the beaches, which you’ll soon discover is the only way to access the shores. The town is found at the top of the bluffs, but the beaches are a well-hidden secret below the cliffs, and if you didn’t know where to find them, you may miss their exceptional beauty and quiet privacy.

You don’t have to be a surfer to enjoy the shores of Leucadia; you can enjoy the beaches by strolling the sands or just lounging and relaxing. Of course, when the tide rolls in, you may find the narrow strip of beach disappears altogether, so plan your beach day accordingly. That disappearing act only adds to the mystique and appeal of Leucadia, making it a natural wonder that’s not to be missed.

You’ll not find a ton of options for hotels in the city limits of Leucadia, but what choices are here may impress you with their amenities and customer service. You can book a stay at one of the local boutique hotels.

Kate Stanton Inn is a great boutique hotel in Leucadia. This hotel is a true home away from home and is only about 1 mile from the beautiful beaches of Leucadia.

Leucadia
Why you'll love Leucadia
Spend a day at LEGOLAND California, or on the local beaches watching for dolphins, paddle boarding, sunbathing, surfing, and swimming. Don’t forget the local cafés and shops!

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What is a Go San Diego Pass?

The Go San Diego Pass allows visitors to experience more attractions while simultaneously saving money.

With the pass, you can visit San Diego’s top attractions like the San Diego Zoo or LEGOLAND, all while saving up to 55% off on admissions. Plus, the pass gives you the ability to skip the line when visiting select attractions.

Things to Do

Biking
Biking
LEGOLAND California
LEGOLAND California
Paddle Boarding
Paddle Boarding
Skateboarding
Skateboarding
Sunbathing
Sunbathing
Surfing
Surfing
Swimming
Swimming

Leucadia’s Highs and Lows

Leucadia has near-perfect weather conditions throughout the year, much like the rest of San Diego. The days tend to be dry, and the temperatures are consistently comfortable in every season. This means you can count on sunny skies no matter when you visit.

Rain does occur more in winter; December through February can see anywhere from one to five inches. Humidity is only an issue during the hottest months of summer, but then again, the idea of hot in Leucadia is rarely above 80 degrees.

Water temperatures are also on the mild side, which is something to consider if you plan on surfing or splashing in the waves. You may be able to rent a wetsuit in town if need be. The water tends to be in the upper 50s in winter and around 70 in summer.

Top Activities in Leucadia

Leucadia is a beach town; when you visit, you should figure out how to get to the beaches you want to see, or you may miss the access points. After all, the beaches of Leucadia are secluded below those steep cliffs. There are three main stairways to take you down to the sand, and parking may be tight during the busy season.

Leucadia State Beach

Leucadia State Beach is where you’ll find two of the three most popular beach spots, Grandview in the north end and Beacon’s Beach at the south end. Both beaches are narrow, so any walking or beachcombing along the one mile stretch of sand can only be done during low tide. High tide can totally cover the beach, which means you should check a tide chart before you head out for the day.

Stone Steps

Stone Steps is another popular beach, and it gets its clever name from the stone and concrete stairway that leads to the sand. Stone Steps is in Encinitas but very close to Leucadia. The largest swells are blocked by a reef offshore, and surfers enjoy the gentle waves they can catch at this favorite spot. The beach here is also narrow during high tide.

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Did you know?
Leucadia is a beach community that part of Encinitas but to locals they are different neighborhoods.

Butterfly Farms

Butterfly Farms is a non-profit research and conservation facility dedicated to those beautiful insect pollinators. Guests can visit the Vivarium, sort of a greenhouse for butterflies. They raise local species, from the majestic Monarch to Painted Ladies, and watching them flit about is truly a sight to see.

Leucadia Farmers Market

Leucadia Farmer’s Market, held every Sunday, features local fresh produce, specialty foods, flowers, and even live music. It’s a local event that you won’t want to miss.

Legoland California

If you are traveling with your small children Leucadia is just a short drive from Legoland California. This kid friendly amusement park is perfect for smaller children.

You can save on tickets with the Go San Diego Card while visiting Legoland California as well as doing other more adult activities like surfing, paddle boarding or even visiting the San Diego Zoo. With the Go San Diego Card you will pay one flat price for entrance into over 50 different attractions and activities. You can also get an additional discount if you purchase through our website.

Featured Activity

Front of the USS Midway Museum in San Diego
USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum
Located in downtown San Diego, the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum provides history of aircraft built in California. The museum includes over 60 exhibits with restored aircraft and tours of the carrier.
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Where to Eat

For a small beach town, Leucadia has some beloved restaurants that have stood the test of time. Choose from local breakfast cafes to ethnic cuisine, including Mediterranean, Italian, Mexican, and Asian. Being in California, you should expect the freshest of local produce and sustainably caught seafood as well as vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan dishes at most of the eateries.

Here are a few suggestions for when you get hungry:

Captain Keno’s

Captain Keno’s has been cooking up comfort food for decades now but be sure to bring cash or you may end up working off your meal.

La Papagayo

La Papagayo fuses Spanish tapas and Latin American flavors for delicious dishes, and it offers a full calendar of live music to entertain you while you eat.

Leucadia Donut Shoppe

Leucadia Donut Shoppe is literally what fuels surfers before and after they catch some waves. It’s been in business for over thirty years and has a full menu of the most delectable flavor combinations.

Moto Deli Sandwich Co.

Moto Deli is located on S Coast Highway 101 is one of the best delis in the area. Their unique sandwich creations are bound to delight even the pickiest of eaters.

Featured Hotel
Kate Stanton Inn
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Right near the secluded beaches of Leucadia sits Kate Stanton Inn, a welcoming bed and breakfast that may just be the highlight of your vacation.
Prices Starting at $169
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Amazing Sunsets
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Walkable

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Shopping & More

You may want a break from the beach, and that’s okay because Leucadia has other options to keep you entertained. When you visit the main thoroughfare, you can find shops and art galleries in addition to dining options. You may also find yoga studios, both here and in Encinitas. Look for surf academies to learn how if you don’t already know or bike rentals to tool around town on two wheels.

A Beach Town in Heart

You don’t need to worry about dressing up during your visit. Leucadia is first and foremost a beach town, and that means you can go casual at almost any establishment. Take your cue from the locals so you don’t feel overdressed.

Events in Leucadia

Check the local calendar while you are in town. In addition to the weekly farmer’s market, Leucadia hosts several fun events, including the LeucadiART walk in August, Summer Fun on the 101, a music festival in June, Taste of Leucadia in April, and a holiday lights display in winter.

Very Close to San Diego

Don’t forget that San Diego is an easy drive away, and you have all the attractions and culture in the city to explore as well. A short distance can find you at San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld San Diego, the USS Midway, and Balboa Park, with its gardens, performance venues, and museums.

Leucadia
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Beaches
Beaches
Paddle Boarding
Paddle Boarding
Sidewalk Cafés
Sidewalk Cafés
Surfing
Surfing
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Bike Riding
Bike Riding
Dolphin Sightings
Dolphin Sightings
Sunsets
Sunsets
Walkable
Walkable
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