Written by travelprone on 02 Jun, 2002
Since 1986,when the towns known as Cardiff, Olivenhain and Leucadia became one,as the incorporated city of Encinitas,tourists have often become understandibly confused as to where Encinitas begins and ends.There are,as there were before incorporation,some distinctive differences between these different sections, differences which tourists note and…Read More
Since 1986,when the towns known as Cardiff, Olivenhain and Leucadia became one,as the incorporated city of Encinitas,tourists have often become understandibly confused as to where Encinitas begins and ends.There are,as there were before incorporation,some distinctive differences between these different sections, differences which tourists note and respond to. Most careful to preserve its identity is charming Cardiff, which has its own zip code, town council, elementary school,and chamber of commerce.
Furthermore, since 1986,inland eastern,non-coastal Encinitas has developed as a more "commercial",non-funky section of the city that differs in aura from old, western and coastal Encinitas, though with a
recent extensive remodelling and reconstruction -dubbed "Streetscape"- of downtown coastal Encinitas(much to the chagrin of "old" residents there and the closing of several, long-established,off-beat shops and restaurants that were relics of the 1960's), coastal Encinitas is beginning to turn more "commercial", too.
Each section still retains enough differences, particularly in Cardiff and Leucadia, to afford different activity, accommodation and overall visiting experience,to warrant exploring them differently. In particular, laid-back Leucadia retains the most distinctive 1960's feel- a still funky, off-beat, slightly seedy atmosphere very reminiscent to me of 1960's Venice in Los Angeles before the Marina Del Ray development radically altered the Venice scene. Charming Cardiff represents for me a struggling compromise between the old and new; as this highly stable community's older residents meet their Maker, Cardiff, too,will probably become less restful and non-commercial than it is now. But,in the immediate future, a visitor can still enjoy alternative differences before standardization sets in.
Old Country Olivenhain is mainly a residential area, a middle-class Rancho Santa Fee with large lots per house, dirt side lanes off main roads and an absence of street lights, all an effort to keep the area semi-rural.
However,the Olivenhain Water District's new dam and water recycling plant promises future tours to the public. As locals we were privileged to tour both the plant and the dam on June 1,2002.The dam is absolutely awesome! About 500 locals were transported to the water plant site and were treated to a barbecue lunch following a video-cam viewing of the throwing of the switch to activate the plant. Later,San Diego Water Authority engineers were on site at the dam ,to which we were transported by mini-vans, and answered many questions from a very interested group of citizens who were aware of how the availability of water is of such prime importance in this still growing region.In Ocotober, Olivenhain (pronounced "hine"),celebrates its German heritage with an Octoberfest that's lots of fun. And plans are afoot to restore the still-standing original community meeting house and open a museum there.For details on the other sections, see my journals," Coastal Encinitas-Highway 101," "Laid-Back Leucadia," and "Charming Cardiff."