Encinitas Beaches: Come here for Surfing at Swami's or Just to Watch the Pros!
Encinitas beaches: a surfers' Mecca.
That's because the city-run Swami’s Beach
-- the same Swami's beach named in the Beach Boy's song, "Surfin' USA" is here, and its world-class waves draw surfing's best.
But this town has enough waves for everyone, its own unique tourist fun spots and like most of the towns in northern San Diego County, easy driving range to both San Diego and Los Angeles.
THREE BEACH TOWNS IN ONE
A trifecta of distinct communities actually form the city: Leucadia to the north with its towering eucalyptus trees, suburban Encinitas in the center, and to the south, village-like Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
Each community was started by different ethnic settlers, each group convinced that they'd found their own paradise.
For young families,
Quail Botanical Gardens
is the only botanical garden in San Diego County, and offers the West Coast's first interactive children's garden, Seeds of Wonder, with a model train set running through.
Offshore of Swami's Beach, the city's Marine Life Refuge, the only underwater park in north San Diego County, is a favorite for scuba diving and snorkeling; and hikers and bird watchers can enjoy the trails in
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve.
Come in early December and enjoy the city's Fall Flowers Tour. In April, celebrate spring with the city's Street Fair. And during July and August, take in the Sunday concerts at Moonlight Beach.
The city is about 25 miles north of San Diego along Interstate 5, which runs through town. By air it's accessible via San Diego International Airport, or by rail via Amtrak.
How many American towns have a beach named after an Indian guru? Find out more about Swami's as well as Leucadia State Beach, Moonlight Beach and the disappearing Stonesteps Beach at our
Encinitas Beaches page.