La Jolla Mom

Reasons to Love Moonlight Beach Encinitas

Just exit the I-5 freeway at the Encinitas Boulevard exit and head west. You’ll end up right at the beach’s doorstep.

It’s easily accessible.


It has a gently sloping foreshore that makes it one of the best places around to get out in the water. There’s also a designated swimming-only zone.

The friendly waters.


Lifeguards watch over the beach in every season. Seasonal lifeguard towers also pop up along the beaches here between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Year-round lifeguards.


There aren’t that many San Diego County beaches with fire pits, so Moonlight’s first-come, first-served fire rings are a treat for classic Southern Californian beach bonfires.

There are fire rings.


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