Encinitas is heavily associated with surfing culture, making it a sort of surfer’s paradise where the town has adopted a laid-back personality to match. You can find both beginner-friendly waves and beaches with tides that will challenge even the most experienced surfers to stay on their boards. The ocean floor tends to be rocky which can make surfing more dangerous here, so exercise caution and look for lifeguards no matter your level of experience.
The area is also known for swimming, with the Moonlight State Beach being the most popular swimming destination in the area.
The Encinitas beaches are wide and provide ample space for setting out beach chairs or walking along the shore. Be aware that all of the Encinitas beaches, with the exception of Moonlight State Beach are protected by large cliffs. The beaches can be accessed via large flights of stairs which can be challenging especially if you are planning to bring a lot of gear or a wagon.
It’s worth noting that Moonlight State Beach tends to draw larger crowds of sunbathers and swimmers than the other Encinitas beach likely due to its ease of access and lack of stairs.
You can also explore Encinitas’ historical district, which includes over a hundred years’ worth of culture downtown. Here, you’ll find a historic coastal highway and a traditionally-styled Main Street with plenty of buildings that have been preserved from the early days of the town.