Swami's Beach

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Swami's Beach
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LnS2004
Cypress, CA6,038 contributions
Family
We took our grandkids here to check out the tide pool. The small parking lot was full but street parking was available. Great vista of the majestic ocean from the street level; the palm trees nearby added to the calming ambience. Lots of surfers carrying long boards descended the steep staircase to reach the beach with seeming ease. Alas, I was already winded half way down the stairs, gingerly grabbing the railing for dear life! The beach was peaceful and not packed with sunbathers. The water was way too cold but it’s definitely a great place to spend a relaxing afternoon enjoying fresh air and watching surfers in action. The kids gave the tide pool a big thumbs up. Climbing back up those stairs was challenging. As much as I tried deferring it, I had to access the bathroom at the head of the stairs so I ended up going up twice. When it’s time to go home we had to lug everything we brought down back up. I am definitely out of shape, and had to stop a couple of times on each ascent to catch my breath. Good thing my huffing and buffing were not too conspicuous and the ocean view at dusk en route was enchanting. Coming to this unique beach was a good motivation to exercise more !
Written February 14, 2022
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Mia G
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This is a must-see in Encinitas. Don't miss it. It takes about 160 some odd steps to get down to the ocean, but you will never regret it. The air, the soft sand, the incredible view from above and at sea level, as well as the sunset, make this both a memorable and almost spiritual experience. People walked peacefully along the water, children ran from the waves and a few people meditated peacefully, facing out to sea and making me want to join them in their reverie.
Written July 25, 2021
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MKTBE
Topeka, KS2,866 contributions
Family
We enjoyed a gorgeous Spring day at Swami's Beach, in Encinitas. Even on a busy Sunday we found parking on the 101. It is a quick walk to the beach, that is accessible by stairs. If you want beach time, make sure that you wait until the tide recedes. The beach is narrow, and at many places littered with smooth, black ocean stones. It is a popular beach for surfers, and a gorgeous stretch of beach for walking and taking photos. We can't wait to return to San Diego, and Swami Beach!
Written April 6, 2021
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Mara R
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA71 contributions
Solo
Swami's can be the most beautiful show off spot on the Southern California Coast. There are days when this beach has it all but it is what I call a "season changer". The seasons are notable and noticeable here. Swami's is located on a cliff, has stairs and a lot of them. This is grand if you like to take in the surf views from atop the cliff and if you like a less crowded (usually) beach. Seasonally you can expect changes that are sometimes dramatic. During winter it can be the very best place to surf or to view the surf (especially during a nice north swell.) Because of the reef here the surf spot is one of the best winter breaks on the Southern California coastline. It is one of the few surf spots that will be ridable during a very large swell. In general the best months to surf here are November through April. It can and will break all year round but it sparkles during the winter. The low tides in the winter and early spring can be a perfect place to explore the tide pools. In the spring and fall the sand levels can change so much that walking may be more difficult. Summer can be beautiful with nice surf and a pretty beach. However, it can sometimes be stinky because the point can become a catch-all for loads of seaweed. South swells push piles of kelp up on the shore leaving a fishy smell and may be a deterrent for some swimmers and sunbathers. (I call it swimming through the salad.) There are lifeguards stationed at Swami's but they are only seasonal. If you are new to the area and want to swim keep to the south of the life guard tower where the bottom is mainly sand. The rock reef lies to the north of the tower and that is where the surf breaks best so you will see surfers there. If you are not a strong swimmer, only use beaches with a lifeguard on duty. If you don't like stairs to the beach I recommend Cardiff Reef (near restaurants in Cardiff) or Moonlight Beach Encinitas.
Written June 15, 2015
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leafpeeper98
Salem, MA2,253 contributions
I don't surf, but this is a world famous surf break. It is considered to be world class. It tends to be crowded with surfers which is wonderful to watch. I am posting pictures of the beach itself and of the bluff overlooking it (which has a little memorial to John Denver - I am not sure of the connection). Another cool thing are the big wooden staircases that bring you down to the beach. They are very impressive and have built in benches and showers! They are a wonderful place to sit and take in the sweeping views.

I am also posting pictures of the meditation gardens overlooking Swami's beach. Wow are they beautiful and infused with peaceful meditation energy. Enjoy the winding paths, koi ponds, and impressive overviews.
Written March 2, 2008
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lovewarmwater
San Diego, CA47 contributions
Famous point break (it is pretty crowded most of the time) with a beautiful beach to the south. The steps down are a bit much, but the trip is worth it.

A beautiful walk down to Cardiff and the Cardiff State Beach begins here.

Sometime you can see whales off shore.

I will be back soon.
Written November 6, 2018
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claudia b
Sacramento, CA107 contributions
Friends
Entrance to this beach is from a (limited) parking lot next to Swammi's Self Realization Center. A steep set of stairs takes you down to the ocean. Nice place to watch the sun set.
Written March 8, 2016
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heatherh0p
San Diego, CA126 contributions
This is a really beautiful beach and great surfing. The surf is a little easier here so it's a good spot to go if you're just learning. Really popular spot with locals.
Written February 3, 2016
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Vaninha D
Ilha do Mel, PR49 contributions
Family
Surfing is super, run along the cliffs....beach during summer or winter....sunset is amazing!
Easy to park, restaurants around...
Just makes me happy!
Written May 12, 2015
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NovaScotia29
Truro, Canada25 contributions
Friends
My favourite pastime is beach walking and collecting seaglass. I was pleasantly surprised to find a few pieces of glass at Swami's Beach at the lowest tide amongst the rocks at the point.
At low tide you can walk from Swami's beach to Moonlight beach - it will probably take you around 1/2 hour. There are over 120 steps down to Swami's beach. The sand is very clean. I had no worries walking around barefoot. Its neat to watch the surfers. I didn't realize till later that this is one of the top 5 places for surfing in the world! Great to watch and if you are there in the evening, you won't be disappointed in the beautiful sunsets.
Written February 16, 2015
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