Encinitas Beach Activities

San Diego County

Events and Activities

Moonlight Beach Fest

October TBA, 2018
5K and 1K Clean Water runs at 9 AM and 10 AM
Feeling Fit Expo beginning at 7 AM
Sponsored by Encinitas Parks and Recreation
Moonlight Beach Fest

Surfing Madonna Beach Run/Walk 5K/10K/15K

October 7, 2018
Moonlight Beach
Kids' 1K at 1:15 PM
5K, 10K, 15k at 2:00 PM
Surfing Madonna Beach Run/Walk

Beach Volleyball Camp

Sinjin Smith & Randy Stoklos Beach Volleyball Camp
Glen Park, Encinitas
Boys and girls ages 7 - 16
Week-long sessions offered throughout the year through Encinitas Parks & Recreation.
Sinjin Smith & Randy Stoklos Beach Volleyball Camp

Wavecrest Woodies

3rd Saturday in September
An annual gathering of woodies at Moonlight Beach
Over 300 woodies, a day of music, raffles, and awards. Wavecrest Woodies

San Diego Botanic Garden

230 Quail Gardens Dr.
Encinitas, CA
Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM, admission fee
Plants from around the world - Mexico, Central America, New Zealand, South Africa, Tropical Rain Forests, and many more.
San Diego Botanic Garden

Surfing Encinitas' Beaches

The beaches along the Encinitas coast rank as among the most inviting and exhilarating in San Diego County. Consistently good waves coupled with a long history of surfing, make Encinitas a surf haven. Among the most popular spots in Encinitas are Swami's and D Street, along with nearby Cardiff Reef and Seaside.


The point break at Swami's is known by surfers around the world. The best swells roll in during the winter months, but Swami's can be crowded year-round. The point break, a beach break, and reef break all can produce great rides that attract both shortboarders and longboarders. The best waves are well off-shore, requiring a strenuous paddle to reach them.

Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.

D Street

Just south of Moonlight Beach, D Street is usually crowded in the summer. Known for powerful waves, D Street is usually home to more experienced shortboarders. A sandbar break produces both lefts and rights.

Stone Steps

For uncrowded waves, many locals like to head to Stone Steps. Left and right breaks make for good rides. Nearby spots such as Roseta Street and Secrets are known to produce good waves under the right conditions, usually in the summer.

Surf Lessons and Camps

Moonlight Beach Surf Camps

Summer Surf Camps at Moonlight Beach, in partnership with the City of Encinitas Parks and Recreation. A safe, fun, and high energy environment for students to learn to surf and to improve on their surfing skills. Teacher - student ration 1:3. Morning sessions from 9 AM to noon, afternoon from 1 PM to 4 PM. 760-753-6870
Moonlight Beach Surf Camps

Encinitas Surf Lessons

Private and group lessons available for beginning to advanced surfers, provided by instructors with a deep passion for surfing. Boards and wetsuits are provided. Summer lessons are usually held at Ponto Beach.
Encinitas Surf Lessons

Maui Surf Academy

Private and group lessons at Swami's Beach for everyone from beginners to advanced. Half and full-day surf camps. Boards and wetsuits included.
Maui Surf Academy

Leucadia Surf School

Two-hour surfing lessons at Moonlight Beach - softboards and wetsuits provided. Private, semi-private, or small groups lessons available. Summer Surf Camp for all ages.
Leucadia Surf School

Wave Huggers Surf Lessons

Two-hour private lessons or share with a friend. Offered at major Southern California beaches, including Encinitas.
Wave Huggers Surf Lessons

Surfboard and Paddleboard Rentals

Concept Surf Shop

Surfboards, wetsuits, boogie boards, bikes, and beach chair rentals.
215 West D Street, Encinitas, CA
Concept Surf Shop

Progression Surf

Rentals of surfboards (hard and soft), stand-up paddleboards, bodyboards, wetsuits, fins
828 North Coast Highway 101, Leucadia, ca
Progression Surf

Hansen's Surfboards

Demo surfboards, soft surfboards, bodyboards, and wetsuits
1105 S. Coast Hwy. 101. Encinitas, CA
Hansen's Rentals

Paddle Planet

Stand-up paddleboard, kayak, surfboard, and bodyboard rentals.
996 N. Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA
Paddle Planet

Moonlight Beach playground, Encinitas, CA

Moonlight Beach Playground

Nearby Bicycle Rentals

Ride Cyclery
449 South Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA
Road bikes, women's road bikes, mountain bikes, comfort bikes, and accessories.

Switchfoot Bro-Am

June 30, 2018
The annual Switchfoot Bro-Am will be held at Moonlight Beach on June 30, 2018, from 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The free event features a surf contest beginning at 7:00 AM and a beach concert from Noon to 5:00 PM. The event benefits local at-risk youth and humanitarian causes through the Switchfoot Bro-Am Foundation.

Activities kick off with an evening auction which includes outstanding food served by leading area restaurants. Besides the surf content, Saturday features nerf surf jousting, live music, and beach vendors.
Switchfoot Bro-Am

Encinitas Parks and Recreation
Beach Kids Program

Designed for children ages 6-8, the Beach Kids program at Moonlight Beach emphasize learning and fun. The program teaches beach safety and awareness, marine life awareness, water etiquette, basic first aid, teamwork, and an introduction to body boarding.

Online registration begins February TBA, 2018. The program is open to both residents and non-residents. Morning sessions run from 9 AM to Noon, afternoon from 1 PM to 4 PM. Week-long sessions begin in late June and continue through mid-August.
Beach Kids

three children sitting on the sand at the beach

Encinitas Parks and Recreation
Spring and Summer Beach Camps for Children

Spring Surf Camps and Clinics

After School Surfing, Weekend Clinics and Little Groms Surf Camps are offered at various times in April and May at Moonlight Beach.

Beach Volleyball Camp at Moonlight Beach

Campers receive instruction based on their skill levels. The camp covers fundamentals, teaches specialized drills, and offers supervised games. Open to both Encinitas residents and non-residents, 7 - 14. Five, week-long camps run from June through July. Daily activities take place from 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM.
Encinitas Parks and Recreation Activities

Moonlight Beach volleyball, Encinitas, CA

Moonlight Beach Volleyball

Super Moverz Beach Camp

Join in a fun-packed week of beach sports from soccer to boogie boarding and much more. Ages 5-7. Four-day-long camps (Monday - Thursday) at Grandview Beach. Daily activities take place from 9 AM to 1 PM.
Encinitas Parks and Recreation Super Moverz Beach Camp

Team Challengerz Beach Camp

Join in a fun-packed week of beach sports from soccer to boogie boarding and much more. Ages 8-12. Five-day-long camps at Grandview Beach. Daily activities take place from 9 AM to 1 PM.
Encinitas Parks and Recreation Team Challengerz Beach Camp

Encinitas Junior Lifeguards - 2017

The Encinitas Junior Lifeguard Program at Moonlight Beach develops ocean and beach safety, lifesaving skills, and physical fitness. Participants enjoy beach games, surfing, swimming, body boarding, body surfing, snorkeling and competitions. Registration opens in February.

Encinitas Junior Lifeguards is open to individuals ages 9 to 17. First-time participants must complete a swim test, offered on dates in June and July at the Boys and Girls Club of San Dieguito in Solana Beach. The Junior Lifeguard Program has four 2-week-long sessions for 2017. They meet Monday through Friday with both morning or afternoon sessions available. Morning programs run from 9:00 AM to Noon, afternoon programs run from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

2017 Junior Lifeguard Sessions

  • Session 1: June 26 - July 7, 2017
  • Session 2: July 10 - July 21, 2017
  • Session 3: July 24 - August 4, 2017
  • Session 4: August 7 - August 18, 2017

Encinitas Junior Lifeguard Program

Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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