18 Best Things to Do in Encinitas, California

Encinitas offers travelers the chance to enjoy an authentic SoCal surf town experience with its rustic beaches, cool boutiques, and casual dining scene.

At this beach, you can play a game of volleyball, go swimming, or learn how to boogie board.

SPEND THE DAY AT MOONLIGHT BEACH (TOP PICK)

Wander through the San Diego Botanic Garden to experience the beauty of 29 themed gardens spread across 37 acres.

STROLL THROUGH THE SAN DIEGO BOTANIC GARDEN

From sunrise on, you can spot adept surfers battling the waves and riding swell after swell in the lovely Pacific Ocean.

GO SURFING AT BEACON’S BEACH

To see fossils from nearly 45 million years ago, turn your gaze to the many large sedimentary rocks along the beach.

EXPLORE THE WINTER TIDE POOLS (AND SURF) AT SWAMI’S BEACH

It’s fun to stroll down the downtown Encinitas portion of Highway 101 and check out all the fantastic shops, restaurants, and other venues.

GO SHOPPING ON 101

Dubbed the SS Moonlight and SS Encinitas, these boathouses have been an integral part of the city since the early 1920s.

DRIVE BY THE ENCINITAS BOATHOUSES

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