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Moonlight Beach Motel

233 2nd Street, Encinitas, CA 92024
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
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Updated 01/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 01/05/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#1 of 10 hotels in Encinitas
Travelers' Choice
Moonlight Beach Motel, located two blocks from Moonlight Beach in scenic Encinitas, California, is one of the few true "beach motels" left in Southern California. Referred to as the "American Riviera", Encinitas has the charm of the past but all the amenities today’s travelers are looking for. There are many wonderful restaurants and boutiques within walking distance. Its quaint 1970’s charm brings guests back year after year. Whether a romantic getaway, a quiet retreat, or family vacation, you will find a room that fits your needs. We try and honor all requests for special rooms when making reservations, but we cannot guarantee ANY room in the event of changes that are beyond our control, but we will do the best to accommodate your requests. This is an entirely smoke-free and pet-free property. We open the office at 9:00 AM and close at 6:00 PM. We enforce quiet hours between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM which include the Patio – Garden area and the rooms for the consideration of all the guests enjoying their stay. We look forward to seeing you at the Moonlight Beach Motel!
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Property amenities
Free parking
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
BBQ facilities
Non-smoking hotel
Tennis court offsite
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
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Room features
Blackout curtains
Soundproof rooms
Air conditioning
Coffee / tea maker
Cable / satellite TV
Walk-in shower
Private balcony
Wardrobe / closet
Private bathrooms
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Complimentary toiletries
Hair dryer
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Room types
Ocean view
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Alison R wrote a review Oct 14
1 contribution
Room was very clean—with a mini fridge and microwave—and only two blocks from the ocean. Nice amenities around the area as well, but the price was fantastic. I’m definitely coming back. The staff was super friendly, and the rooms are nice and quiet at night. Highly recommend!
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Date of stay: September 2021
Room Tip: Best views from second floor and up
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SyLovesToTravel wrote a review Sep 2021
Costa Mesa, California18 contributions3 helpful votes
I have stayed at the Moonlight Beach Motel before, but that was 20 years ago. I decided to stay here with an old friend visiting the west coast. Check-in was easy and, because the motel wasn't super busy, we were given 2 parking passes. I was able to switch rooms at the time of check-in for a room with an ocean view. The room was large and had 2 king beds which were very comfortable. There was modern climate control equipment and the tv was large. The bathroom was clean and large with granite counters. This place is in the best location in town. Everything is easily walkable including a beautiful beach, 5 min walk, a fantastic coffee shop, 5 min walk, a tennis court across the street, and lots of bars, breweries, great restaurants, etc. A train station is walking distance that can take you to downtown San Diego or Carlsbad, etc. I will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: September 2021
Sleep Quality
Room Tip: Stay on the third floor for the best views but there isn't an elevator
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Response from Moonlight Beach Motel, General Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear SyLovesToTravel, Thank you for letting us know that you enjoyed your time with us! We were so glad to hear that your clean, well-appointed room and our idyllic location made your stay a great experience. We appreciate the review and look forward to seeing you again!
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WILLIE M wrote a review Jun 2021
Phoenix, Arizona2 contributions
Moonlight Beach Motel was a true gem! The rooms are newly renovated and included a fridge, microwave, and silverware and dishes-anything you need. The bathroom was beautiful and the bed was so comfortable. The air conditioning worked great. The parking was so convenient and there were plenty of places to park. This location was perfect and walking distance to the beach, restaurants, a park, and grocery store. The motel is near Dave’s Rock Garden. Jennifer at the front desk was so kind and helpful. She made our stay so pleasant! We definitely will be back!
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Date of stay: June 2021
Sleep Quality
Response from Moonlight Beach Motel, General Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel
Responded 3 weeks ago
Dear 798williem, Thank you for the wonderful review! Nothing makes us happier than to hear a guest enjoyed everything about their stay! We look forward to welcoming you back!
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Stephanie F wrote a review Jan 2021
Palm Springs, California14 contributions1 helpful vote
As I have been social distancing since March ( over 9 months ), Health/ Safety was my priority. Our room was completely renovated and spotless. The manager explained the disinfecting / cleaning procedures and the well-being of staff and guests is evident . The beds are comfortable and the location is great ( walking distance to the beach ). The ocean view from the room / balcony was just what we wanted/ needed . * Great staff * Great price. We will return.
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Date of stay: January 2021Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from General Manager Moonlight Beach Motel, General Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel
Responded Jan 26, 2021
Dear Foxsteff, Thank you for your wonderful review! The health and safety of our guests and staff has always been a top priority of ours. It means the world to us that you were able to relax and feel safe while enjoying your clean, comfortable, ocean view room! We look forward to your next visit!
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Sharon C wrote a review Dec 2020
2 contributions
We always enjoy our visits to southern California. The weather, beaches and time with family and friends. We wish the restaurants could have been open during our stay this time. We did take out a lot to support the locals.
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Traveled with family
Response from General Manager Moonlight Beach Motel, General Manager at Moonlight Beach Motel
Responded Jan 7, 2021
Dear Sharon, Thank you for your wonderful 5 star review! We are so glad that you had a great stay with us! We are sorry that the restaurants were only open for take out and delivery while you were here but we know they appreciated your support! We look forward to welcoming you back!
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$144 - $285 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about Moonlight Beach Motel
Which popular attractions are close to Moonlight Beach Motel?
Nearby attractions include Moonlight State Beach (0.2 miles), Moonlight Beach State Park (0.1 miles), and Cottonwood Creek Park (0.2 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Moonlight Beach Motel?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, free parking, and barbeque facilities.
Which room amenities are available at Moonlight Beach Motel?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Moonlight Beach Motel?
Guests can enjoy barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Moonlight Beach Motel?
Yes, free parking and street parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Moonlight Beach Motel?
Conveniently located restaurants include 101 Diner, Lofty Coffee, and Q'ero Restaurant.
Is Moonlight Beach Motel located near the city center?
Yes, it is 0.2 miles away from the center of Encinitas.
Are there any historical sites close to Moonlight Beach Motel?
Many travelers enjoy visiting Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park (5.9 miles), Heritage County Park (8.8 miles), and St. Michael's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church (8.4 miles).
Does Moonlight Beach Motel have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the ocean view available here.
Is Moonlight Beach Motel accessible?
Yes, it offers wheelchair access. For specific inquiries, we recommend calling ahead to confirm.