Leucadia, Encinitas, California

Coordinates: 33°04′05″N 117°18′12″W / 33.06806°N 117.30333°W / 33.06806; -117.30333
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Neighborhood of Encinitas
Beacon's Beach
Beacon's Beach
Coordinates: 33°04′05″N 117°18′12″W / 33.06806°N 117.30333°W / 33.06806; -117.30333
CountryUnited States
CountySan Diego
Foundedcirca 1870
62 ft (19 m)
Time zoneUTC-8 (PST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-7 (PDT)
ZIP code
Area codes442/760

Leucadia is a beach community located in the coastal city of Encinitas, California. Leucadia is known for the relatively secluded beaches in Southern California surf culture.[1][2]


Rancho Agua Hedionda was granted to Juan María Marrón in 1842, encompassing modern-day Leucadia.

The name Leucadia is of Greek origin as its namesake, Lefkada (Leucadia), is one of the Ionian Islands.[3] Early in the community's history, a development company based in San Diego gave Leucadia and its streets their Roman-Greco names, which include Hymettus, Neptune, Phoebe, and Daphne.[4] The community of Leucadia became part of the city of Encinitas when it incorporated in 1986.[5]


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.[6]


The Pannikin is one of Leucadia's most prominent businesses.

In 2003, the Leucadia 101 Main Street Association was created to enhance the economic and civic vitality of Leucadia's Historic North Coast Highway 101 corridor.[7] Notable businesses include Pannikin Coffee & Tea,[8] Haggo's Organic Taco, featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives television show,[9] local-favorite Juanitas Taco Shop, Corner Pizza, in addition to Shatto & Sons—which has been in Leucadia since 1975, a custom t-shirt shop known for their "Keep Leucadia Funky" t-shirts.[10][11]


  1. ^ Endo, Tetsuhiko. "World's 20 Best Surf Towns". National Geographic. National Geographic Society. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  2. ^ "Best Surf Towns: No. 3 Encinitas". Surfer. GrindMedia, LLC. 5 April 2009. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  3. ^ "Definition of Leucadia (noun, LNS, Leucadia) - Numen - The Latin Lexicon - An Online Latin Dictionary". latinlexicon.org. Retrieved 2016-06-01.
  4. ^ Leland Fetzer (2005). San Diego County Place Names A to Z. Sunbelt Publications. pp. 80–81. ISBN 0932653731.
  5. ^ Andreen, Mike (August 16, 2011). "Tale of Incorporation: How Encinitas Became an Entity Onto Itself 25 Years Ago". Encinitas Patch. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Guide to Leucadia Beaches". www.sandiego.org. San Diego Tourism Authority. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  7. ^ "Main Street Approach". Leucadia 101.
  8. ^ Pfingsten, Tom (2014-06-29). "A match made in Encinitas: Local coffee landmark and a local family". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 2020-09-21.
  9. ^ "Haggo's Organic Taco". Food Network.
  10. ^ "About Shatto & Sons". Shatto & Sons.
  11. ^ Shapero, Julia (October 8, 2019). "Leucadia merchants assess next steps after fire destroys building". North Coast Current. Retrieved 2020-09-21.