What You Can Expect to Find in Encinitas

Wooden stair case leading to Encinitas BeachA quintessential surf town positioned on bluffs and overlooking picturesque beaches, Encinitas is arguably one of the best areas of San Diego County. Encinitas has a cute downtown with charming boutiques and restaurants as well as waves for all types and skills of surfers.

 

The most popular beaches in this area are Beacons, Moonlight, and Swamis. However, there are other hidden gems, such as Grandview. A couple blocks north of Beacons, Grandview’s name does not disappoint and neither do its clean, rolling waves. Encinitas’ waves are ideal for both shortboards as well as longboards, depending on the beach and the day, but are generally very consistent. There are almost always waves to catch!

 

Many of Encinitas’ beaches, with the exception of Moonlight, are located by a cliff or bluff so expect stairs or a long pathway from your car to the water. Once you get down to the water, however, the beaches are flat, sandy, smooth, and gorgeous! Most beaches have small parking lots located by the entrance and parking can also be found in the surrounding neighborhoods. Moonlight has an especially large parking lot and parking is very easy there.

Encinitas has a cute downtown with charming boutiques and restaurants as well as its waves for all types and skills of surfers.

 

What Makes Encinitas Great for Beginners?

Surfer walking on the beach in EncinitasMoonlight Beach is by far the favorite for families, group gatherings, and beginners. The flat beach often has chill waves that are great for those learning to surf. This beach also has bathrooms, volleyball courts, a playground, ample parking and snack shack. It additionally has lifeguards present all year round.

 

Beacons is the best beach in Encinitas for beginners. The atmosphere in the water is quite friendly and laid-back. Preferred by longboarders, this is the perfect place for beginners because the waves are generally quite mellow and consistent. The many breaks along the beach allow space for everyone to catch waves on any given day.

 

Swamis is prized by the locals because the point break provides incredibly long, smooth rides, especially for longboarders. While this wave can be epic for beginners, Swamis is frequently competitive and crowded on holidays or when there is a swell so make sure to check that before heading out.

 

When is the Best Time to Go?

Medium or low tide is preferable, however, there are usually waves at high tide in many spots. Waves are pretty consistent here so you will probably have a great time on any given day.

Waves are pretty consistent here so you will probably have a great time on any given day.

 

Who Surfs in Encinitas:

Most people who surf in Encinitas are local to the area and live in Carlsbad or Encinitas. There are usually both longboarders and shortboarders out in the water.

 

Ready to Hang Ten?!

Let’s get out there! 😎 Book a lesson in Encinitas or at any of our other awesome beach locations. One of our fantastic instructors will meet you at the beach with all the gear necessary. They’ll have you catching waves in no time! See you soon!