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4th and B St, Encinitas, CA 92024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Great beach for sunning and surfing. Full lifeguard facilities and food outlet. Grass area with playground for kids... Parking can be a hassle if you arrive late.... Watch for special events such as free concerts on the weekends. Just a short walk into downtown if...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank sanfsps
Reviewed January 26, 2019

Great beach with something for everyone. There is food and bathroom facilities on the beach. There are volleyball nets, a playground, a nice wide beach, bluffs and surfing lessons. The parking lot has a great view of the ocean at sunset.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Shelleyash
Reviewed January 24, 2019

The "park" part of the Moonlight Beach and Park complex is impressive; the concession stand (although not open while we visited) is of baseball game proportions! This is probably the only Californa beach with such an established concession pavilion. The park is set back from...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed October 13, 2018

This is the beach that consistently gets the best rating of all the Encinitas beaches, and that is because it has everything anyone could possibly want on a beach in terms of amenities. That being said, if you want a beach where you can get...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank invertpaleo
Reviewed August 27, 2018

I was nice coming back to visit. I spent time here in 1989, 1990 and 1991 while I was stationed in California

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank R5302LJrickm
Reviewed August 26, 2018

This is a lovely beach where families go to surf and swim. Less for sunning and more for walking and activity in the water. Saw my first sand crabs which burrow in the sand. Lots of shells and stones to pick up if you like...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank SKLEE0721
Reviewed August 7, 2018

This beach was very kept up. It’s nice to walk up and down the coast with the cool sand under my feet.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank comorre
Reviewed July 9, 2018

My husband and I wanted to do nothing but take in the sun's rays and buggy board all day long......and we did!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank I6769PFcarolc
Reviewed July 7, 2018 via mobile

We only had a little bit of time here - but we would have liked to stay all day. There is a beach rental spot with everything you could need. So if you are visiting and don’t have the necessary beach gear - it’s right...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jmorgan2238
Reviewed June 18, 2018

Ample parking, nice spot on the hill overlooking the beach with plenty of park benches and spots to watch the sunset. So pretty! Very short walk to PCH where there's plenty of great restaurants, coffee shops, and breweries.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank CarolS150
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