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Encinitas Beaches

Encinitas Beaches

Neptune Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
Beach parking 5 a.m. - 10 p.m., beach use 4 a.m. - 2 a.m.

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Encinitas Beaches range from big family friendly beaches like Moonlight to secluded local surf breaks like D Street. This north county San Diego region is known for good surf, small mellow beaches lined with sea cliffs and friendly locals. Located between Solana Beach and Carlsbad, Encinitas technically encapsulates the towns of Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Leucadia as well as Encinitas and is home to famous athletes like surfer Rob Machado and skate boarder Tony Hawk. 

The most tourist friendly beach in Encinitas is Moonlight beach at the west end of Encinitas Boulevard. A large parking lot makes it easy to park and spend the day at this big white sand beach. Moonlight is an Encinitas beach with all the perks. It has sand volleyball nets, bathrooms, lifeguards, and fire pits so you can spend all day and into the evening enjoying the beautiful beaches of Encinitas. If you're hoping to snag a fire pit, make sure to get there early and claim your spot as Moonlight beach is a popular evening destination for local high school students and Encinitas locals. 

After a long day enjoying beautiful Encinitas beaches, head down Highway 101 and catch a movie at La Paloma Theatre, a staple in Encinitas since 1928. You can also dine at one of the many great north county San Diego restaurants in the area or grab some frozen yogurt at Berry Happy just a couple blocks from the beaches of Encinitas. Life is sweet in Encinitas and the Encinitas beaches are just icing on the cake.

  • Parking: Many of the Encinitas beaches have small parking lots that require a state parks pass but Moonlight beach has a large parking lot and lots of available street parking.
  • Facilities: Moonlight Beach in Encinitas has bathrooms available.
  • Lifeguards: Moonlight Beach in Encinitas has the Lifeguard Headquarters staffed from 9am - 5pm daily and during summer 10am - 6pm.
  • Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on Encinitas beaches.

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