Encinitas Beaches: Come here for Surfing at Swami's or Just to Watch the Pros!

Encinitas Beacons Beach at Sunset

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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.


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.

Today's visitors can find a vacation paradise, with beaches tucked below sandstone bluffs, great Cardiff hotels and B&Bs, quaint shopping districts and Cardiff's Restaurant Row.

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.

Encinitas Moonlight Beach 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.


Be sure to visit our directory of nearby hotels and our local restaurant directory for great dining ideas near the beach.

There's also plenty to do in neighboring Solana Beach and Del Mar to the south, and to the north visit surprising Oceanside.

We've included some not so tall fish tales from North San Diego County fishing expert Captain Joe Cacciola.


Overnight camping is available at San Elijo State Beach.

Come back soon! We’ll be adding more dining, activities and accommodation news.

Don't miss these related pages...

Encinitas Beaches

Cardiff's Restaurant Row Directory

Leucadia and North County Hotels

Carlsbad Introduction Page

Del Mar Introduction Page

Photos Courtesy Encinitas Chamber & Visitors Center

Encinitas Stones Steps Beach

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