California Beaches


Moonlight Beach, Encinitas, CA

Moonlight Beach
400 B Street
Encinitas, CA
Beach open 4 a.m. - 2 a.m.

Picnic Facilities
Snack Shack
Fire Rings
Kids Playground
Tennis Court
Volleyball Courts
Parking Lot 5 a.m. -10 p.m.
Beach Access
ADA Accessible / ADA spaces along B Street

NO! No dogs, portable grills, alcohol, smoking or glass allowed

What's not to love about Encinitas? And especially its beaches! The beaches, to me, are the highlight of a roadtrip down Highway 101. As you enter the town you'll notice towering eucalyptus trees running parallel to the highway, lining the way beside a popular bike trail and rail. Several trains travel through Encinitas next to the highway, and just a few blocks from the beach.

Moonlight Beach is set down in a cove. It's a throwback to the Gidget and Moondoggie days of surfing. It's a family beach, a kids beach, and an everyman's beach. Small but pleasant, there are volleyball courts, sand beaches, surfing, picnic tables, a few firepits, and nearby parking. Sometimes you have to hike a little because the beach is popular and parking can be limited. But we think it's worth it!

Leucadia (beach community), and Swami's, world renown for its surf breaks and the unique theme. Wood carved signs announce the names of these famous surfing beaches: Grandview, Leucadia, The Boneyard at 4th, D Street and Moonlight Beach, plus Swami's.

Leucadia, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Olivenhain and old and new Encinitas incorporated as the City of Encinitas in 1986, with each agreeing that they would retain their separate identities, while being governed under one body.