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Beaches in Encinitas

The beaches of Encinitas boasts of miles of coastline from Leucadia to Cardiff by-the-Sea with plenty of activities and facilities to support our beach use and enjoyment in Encinitas. Our life guards are wonderful and the beaches are constantly groomed with new sand brought in as needed.  Some beaches are known for their gnarly surf, others for great swimming.  The main one in town, Moonlight St. has volleyball courts, fire pits and a new snack bar, dressing rooms and bathrooms.  Many other beaches also have bathrooms and showers, some allow dogs to run off leash in the winter months, and still others are known as great place to search in tide pools for sea life. There are often festivals and concerts at our local beach during the summer months.  You can't go wrong on any beach here in town; they all are beautiful and our best and most treasured resource.  We love our Encinitas beaches!

Best rated Beaches listings

Cardiff State Beach

A long wooden staircase leads to this beautiful beach.  Marked by the Cardiff Kook on Highway 101 and nearby campgrounds this beach is a local favorite.  Great family beach.  Surfers hang here and there is a great taco shop called Bull Taco in the nearby campsite.  Take your order and watch the sunset of another […]

D Street Beach

D Street in Encinitas is the access point to the long stretch of beach that runs from Moonlight Beach to Swami’s beach.  It is a great surf spot frequented by locals and a great walking beach.  A perfect place to watch the sunset.  Plenty of available street parking and a wooden staircase to the beach.  […]

Grandview Beach

Grandview Beach in Encinitas can be reached by descending the staircase to the beach.  Favorite beach for surf schools because of the even break. Boasts of a private lit parking lot  A favorite beach for swimmers, fishermen, sunbathers,  surfers, joggers and birdwatchers love this large sandy beach.  No restroom facilities but that means less crowds! […]

Moonlight State Beach

Moonlight State Beach is located at the end of Encinitas Boulevard where it meets the ocean.  It is the largest beach in town complete with new bathrooms, outdoor showers, a refreshment stand, barbecue grills and concrete tables.  There are fire pits and a walkway to the water.  It is a local hangout where surfers hit the […]

Stonesteps Beach

Stonesteps Beach in Encinitas has over 130 steps down to a wide beach just south of Moonlight Beach.  The staircase if a famous workout spot for local athletes who “run the stairs” to keep in shape.  It is another hidden gem along the Encinitas Coastline.  Good waves for swimming, boogie boarding and surfing  It is […]