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“Lovely beach”
Review of Moonlight Beach

Moonlight Beach
Ranked #2 of 31 things to do in Encinitas
Certificate of Excellence
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Standish, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
188 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 276 helpful votes
“Lovely beach”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

A really lovely beach.The new facilities are very good but rather disappointingly there was a lot of seaweed on the beach which isn't cleared away and attracts a lot of unpleasant flies.Seems a shame to spoil such a lovely beach with poor maintenance.

Visited July 2013
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Encinitas, CA
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Nice beach in a laid back beach town”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Moonlight was just given a makeover, with new restrooms and snack bar. There is a life guard building and free parking lot. Encinitas is such a laid back beach town. The no alcohol ban keeps down the beachy surf bum types. Mostly families come here to beat the heat. No dogs on the beach. Lots of shopping nearby on Pacific Coast Highway and th Del Mar races are only a few miles south. I have lived in Encinitas for 25 years and think this beach is great.

Visited July 2013
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Rancho Santa fe
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Not your usual Southern California Beach Grub”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a beautiful beach with many attractions. A nice playground for little ones and a different food concession with very good food, forget the hamburgers, they have nice panninis. However, the beach is very crowded. In the summer there are also many beach "camps" so it is super busy. However, the crowd is friendly and polite. As for parking, there is a large parking lot up above the beach. Do not despair if you cannot park right down low by the beach, just head up the hill and park overlooking the beach.

Visited July 2013
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Palm Desert, California
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Moonlight a very nice Beach”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

I've lived in the La Costa and the Encinitas area for almost 4 years, and by far the Moonlight Beach Encinitas is my favorite Beach in the San Diego County area. It is a very nice clean and safe beach, we're a lot of the locals go to, a great beach for swimming or walking along side the cliffs, brand new showers and restrooms, you can walk to and from Encinitas Main St. only about 3 to 4 blocks apart, theres a very nice look out section we're you don't have go down to the beach, and the best part of Moonlight Beach is the Parking, during the Summer season if you get there before 10:30 am you should be able to get a parking space and it's free, in most beaches from Encinitas to Carlsbad finding a parking space can be very difficult, we never had a problem finding parking at Moonlight. During the July month there are a lot of children going as they are part of a local camp group that goes there every year, they do fill up the beach, but they are usually at one section of the beach which still gives you plenty of spaces. Remember this is the beach for the locals but everyone are welcome to Moonlight Beach. Moonlight a very nice Beach.

Visited July 2013
Thank David H
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Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great family beach”
Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Great location to shops&restaurants, snack bar, BBQ pits, playground and convenient parking. There is a pizzeria on E st that's really good.

Visited June 2013
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