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Wow! Beautiful!!

Monday morning, free spacious parking, easy access, not very crowded & beautiful weather. What more... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Family friendly Beach

Delicious food at the concession stand. Multiple Life guard stations. Beach volleyball and picnic... read more

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Monday morning, free spacious parking, easy access, not very crowded & beautiful weather. What more could you want? I loved all the smooth rocks and beautiful shore.

Thank KimSparks
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious food at the concession stand. Multiple Life guard stations. Beach volleyball and picnic tables. A play area for the little ones. Restrooms and showers. One of the prettiest beaches in Southern California!

Thank C1351KXlynnr
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of our family's favorite beaches. There is a food stand, fire pits, volleyball area, small park with jungle gym for the little ones, a rental shop. Basically everything you need for a full day outing. You can walk on the beach to...More

Thank Trekduet
Reviewed September 7, 2018

there is plenty of free parking, lots of park benches and when not in peak season its quite empty. The sunsets are lovely and when its not high tide its nice to walk otherwise the beach is small.

Thank pranjals
Reviewed September 6, 2018

Moonlight State Beach is amazing. Good for all day or short visits. I didn't get to try the firepits, but would like to in the future. The sand was nice, the beach was clean. There is lifeguards, bathrooms, playground, volleyball nets and even a concession...More

Thank fexpedition
Reviewed September 5, 2018

the area is nice - finding parking is difficult though during the weekend. beach and the wave is great - shallow sand, there is a big playground too for kids. good for all ages. there is a kiosk to buy food and drink, also you...More

Thank trythisandthat
Reviewed September 3, 2018 via mobile

We visited on a weekend at the beginning of August and it was extremely busy. We found it very difficult to find parking. We ended up parking in a neighborhood several blocks away. The beach itself was very crowded. The water was nice but had...More

Thank Kris91
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

One of the best and busiest of North San Diego county beaches. Parking is moderately accessible. Showers and restrooms are clean. The beach itself is sandy and safe. Not the best waves for boarding or surfing however.

Thank kamyarh20
Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

This beach is a great family beach. Updated consession stands, bathrooms, and lifeguard tower. This beach has been a family favorite and we almost daily join a bunch of locals to watch the sunset. It’s not unusual to hear a round of applause when the...More

Thank Honeybee92024
Reviewed August 22, 2018

We visited late in the day and were able to snag a parking spot as folks were leaving. It is a clean and pretty beach. Not too crowded perhaps because it was midweek. Definitely worth stopping!

Thank Jill W
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