Leucadia, Encinitas, California

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Community of Leucadia
Community
Coordinates: 33°04′05″N 117°18′12″W / 33.06806°N 117.30333°W / 33.06806; -117.30333Coordinates: 33°04′05″N 117°18′12″W / 33.06806°N 117.30333°W / 33.06806; -117.30333
Country United States
State California
County San Diego
City Encinitas
Founded circa 1870
Elevation 62 ft (19 m)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP code 92024
Area code(s) 760

Leucadia is a beach community located in the coastal city of Encinitas, California. The relatively secluded beaches of Leucadia lend it a prominence in Southern California surf culture and as such, Encinitas is recognized globally as one of the most quintessential surf towns.[1][2]

History[edit]

The name Leucadia is of Greek origin as its namesake, Lefkada (Leucadia), is one of the Ionian Islands.[3] The founding of the community is often attributed to English spiritualists seeking freedom of worship.[4][5] Early in the community's history a development company based in San Diego gave Leucadia and its streets their Roman-Greco names of which include: Hymettus, Neptune, Phoebe, Daphne.[6] While the developers had plans for a grand resort, the Hotel Sappho, such plans never came to fruition.

Geography[edit]

Beacon's Beach

Leucadia faces the Pacific Ocean. The community is set on a series of bluffs that stretch along much of the length of the North County coastline, a region of San Diego County. Its beaches are located below steep vertical cliffs lending them a relative seclusion.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Endo, Tetsuhiko. "World's 20 Best Surf Towns". National Geographic. National Geographic Society. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Best Surf Towns: No. 3 Encinitas". Surfer. GrindMedia, LLC. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  3. ^ http://latinlexicon.org/definition.php?p1=2032560&p2=l&p3=2
  4. ^ Kenneth M. Holtzclaw; Diane Welch (23 August 2006). ["http://books.google.com/books?id=KkLuYBIOzNcC&pg=PA7" Encinitas, (Ca)]. Arcadia Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 978-0-7385-4665-0. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Quick Escapes Los Angeles, 7th: 20 Weekend Getaways from the Metro Area. Globe Pequot. 2006. p. 27. ISBN 9780762742196. 
  6. ^ Leland Fetzer (2005). San Diego County Place Names A to Z. Sunbelt Publications. pp. 80–81. ISBN 0932653731. 
  7. ^ "Guide to Leucadia Beaches". www.sandiego.org. San Diego Tourism Authority. Retrieved 15 March 2014.