Fitness enthusiasts will get a great workout at Stone Steps Beach. I ran these stairs 6 times each morning for several years and was in the best shape of his life. These killer stairs lead down from the bluffs to the ocean offer awesome views to enjoy while you huff and puff. At high tide the ocean beats at the bottom of the stairs, at low tide, the beach is wide and sandy.
Swami's Surf Beach, forever immortalized in the Beach Boy's Surfin' USA, is just 6 blocks south of Moonlight Beach on historic Highway 101 and still draws the finest surfers in the world on a daily basis. Great scuba diving is just offshore from Swami¹s at the Encinitas Marine Life Refuge, our underwater park.
Moonlight Beach is a 4 minute walk from the Inn at Moonlight Beach. Stone Steps Beach, Beacon's and Grandview beaches are north of Moonlight, all within walking distance or a brief drive up Neptune Avenue.
You can learn to surf by taking a class at Beacon's Beach from world-famous Kahuna Bob, an icon in Encinitas.
Moonlight Beach is often called "the beach with everything" because it has lifeguard towers, a kids playground, big parking lots, play areas, fire-rings, showers, restrooms, beach rentals and a snack bar... and, of course... a wide sandy beach!
Sunset is a special time at Moonlight, Stone Steps and Beacon's Beaches. Locals (surfers, beach-goers, children, bicycle-riders, young lovers, business men and women) all gather at the beaches for every sunset. It's a lovely ritual at a special time of day.
Dolphins and whales are regularly seen, especially from the "high-bluff" beach entrances at Swami's, Stone Steps and Beacon's. If you're lucky, you'll see the famous "green flash" as the sun takes its final dip into the vast Pacific Ocean.
After sunset, take a romantic moonlit walk on the beach or simply relax on the front porch of the Inn At Moonlight Beach and sip a glass of wine, enjoying the evening twilight over the ocean.
For a great place to stay in Encintas, check this link: Encintas Bed and Breakfast. We prefer the delightful Bed and Breakfast Inn overlooking the Pacific Ocean http://www.innatmoonlightbeach.com/