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Moonlight State Beach, a few blocks west
of downtown Encinitas,
offers all the fine beach perks that make for a nice day on the
beautiful Pacific Ocean, including picnic areas with tables, lifeguards,
restrooms, fire rings, volleyball courts, and public parking.
Moonlight State Beach is a family / locals kind of beach that is
flat, sandy, and perfect for a picnic and a day of sunning. The
athletically inclined will find some serious volleyball at the three
beach courts. Encinitas has a flea market each weekend. Pick up
snacks and picnic items from downtown or grab a bite to eat at the
Encinitas Café (531 South Highway 101), which serves American-style
food and breakfast all day.
There’s a public parking lot above
Moonlight State Beach that usually has ample spaces. However, during
the summer, it can fill up. Arrive early or you may end up parking
on the street.
Take I-5 to Encinitas Boulevard and go west.
Encinitas Boulevard turns into “B” Street, where the
beach is located, after crossing Highway 101. Street. Those with
time on their hands can take the Amtrak “Coaster” train
up the coast to Encinitas. The station is about five blocks from
For loading and unloading beach gear, the
parking lots have convenient loading zones — great for families
Moonlight State Beach is one of our favorites
for families with children. The beach is well monitored by lifeguards
and has a nice playground, clean plentiful restrooms, and outdoor
showers. It also has a snack bar, which comes in handy when the
kids need a treat like soda or ice cream. If you want a little more
privacy, simply walk north or south along the beach.
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