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Leucadia - A Beach Community Lost In Time

By Carlos Hunnefeld


Leucadia is an eclectic little community on the Pacific Ocean. It once was a mecca for hippies and surfers - remnants of those 1960s days can be seen throughout this north San Diego community. Here you will find palm trees, wooden cigar store Indians, tie-dyed T-shirts and blue jeans, barefoot kids playing in the streets, funky lawn art and glowing beads.

Leucadia was settled by English spiritualists in 1870 and named islands in Greece. Many of its streets are named after Greek mythological figures. Once primarily agricultural (the Poinsettia Capitol Of The World) many of the former flower-growing businesses are now gone.

Leucadia is home to phenomenal restaurants, goofy shops, palm readers, coffee shops and hip galleries. Popular hangouts include Pannikin Coffee, housed in a former train station (very artsy); the iconic Lou's Records (national recording artists have played in Lou's parking lot) with an enormous collection of CDs and records; and Juanita's Taco Shop, home of the best Breakfast Burritos on earth.

Most of Leucadia's residents will tell you that the best thing that ever happened to Leucadia is that nothing ever happened to it; it's beaches are locked in time with the 1960s - true neighborhood surf breaks where many locals have been surfing for decades. Very much off the beaten path, there are three popular spots - Grandview, Beacon's and Stone Steps - that are hidden gems, tucked away at the bottom of steep staircases.

If you want a great work out, try "running the stairs" with the locals at Stone Steps Beach. 99 stairs take you from the bluffs to the beach. All along your workout you have incredible views of the Pacific Ocean while you exercise.

Surf lessons are given year around at Beacon's Beach from the world-famous Kahuna Bob - a champion surfer and highly popular celebrity in Leucadia. You can see Bottlenose Dolphins and Gray Whales from the high-bluff beach entrances at Stone Steps, Grandview and Beacon's Beaches. Look carefully to see the "green flash" (something most people have NEVER seen) as the sun dips behind the vast Pacific Ocean.

Moonlight Beach is a Leucadian treasure - often called "the beach with everything" because it has lifeguard stations all year long, a big new playground for children, multiple spacious parking lots, fire-rings, restrooms with clean showers, beach rentals and a wide sandy beach.




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