Boneyards

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Located south of D Street but you will have to use the D Street stairs access and walk south for about 10 to 15 minutes. Alternativly you could park at Swami's and walk north for about 5 to 10 minutes.
Catch a wave surfing the swells of San Diego's Boneyards Beach in Encinitas. Or, experience sunbathing in the nude at this stunning sandy beach.
Why you'll love this beach
Why you'll love this beach
Enjoy a Day of Surf, Sand and a Little Extra Skin at Boneyards Beach
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Overview

Surfer Taking a Wave at BoneyardsBeautiful Cliff at Boneyards

Boneyards Beach in Encinitas in North County San Diego is known for its excellent surfing, golden sand and its seclusion. This hidden beach is also popular with locals and visitors who want to enjoy the sand and water in the buff.

Since this beach is known as a clothing-optional beach, it's not going to attract large crowds. In the summer months when the weather is the warmest, expect to see groups of people enjoying the beach while getting an all-over tan in the nude and surfers attacking the perfect waves in the Pacific Ocean here.

Unlike other beaches in Encinitas, Boneyards Beach is a little trickier to find. There is no official sign or designation on the maps pointing to its location. Instead, visitors must access this beach by first going to other, neighboring beaches.

The beach is situated between D Street Beach and Swami's Beach in Encinitas. There are no facilities or restrooms at the beach. Visitors can use bathrooms at nearby Moonlight State Beach when necessary.

The backdrop of this beach includes dramatic cliffs, gorgeous California palm trees and a scenic bluff. The view of the horizon meeting the crystal blue waters of the Pacific Ocean is spectacular.

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Things to Do

Running
Running
Sunbathing
Sunbathing
Swimming
Swimming

What Makes the Boneyards the Best

Surfing at Boneyards

Boneyards is also a great place to catch some waves. Surfers of all abilities can enjoy the surfing conditions at this beach. The surf break is on a rocky reef under the water and the bottom of the ocean floor is sandy rock.

Waves coming from the left are easier to manage on the board. Waves from the right tend to be steep and challenging and short rides. Swells here start at less than a knee high and can get as big as double head at their top height.

Local Tips
Watch the Tides
As the access is via D Street or Swami's and a 5 to 15 minute or so walk make sure the tide is not high or rising to a high tide while you are visiting Boneyards.

Surfing here can be different, depending on the season. Summer days on the waves give surfers smaller swells and gentler conditions. The most challenging surfing here is during the winter months where the waves can get very large. The surf at Boneyards is typically bigger than neighboring Swami’s.

There is a good lookout at the end of K Street where you can see Boneyards and Swami’s, note that there is no beach access at this lookout.

Nude Beach

For visitors looking for some privacy and a different beach experience in the buff, Boneyards is the place to be. Here, beachgoers can enjoy the water and the sun without the hassle of clothing. There are only two nude beaches in San Diego, this being one and the other Black’s Beach which interestingly also has very good surf.

Both Boneyard’s and Black’s Beach are not officially nude but it is tolerated at both.

How to Get There & Parking

Free Parking
Free Parking
Street Parking
Street Parking

Getting to & Parking near Boneyards

Boneyards Beach is at the end of D Street in Encinitas, San Diego. First, take Interstate 5 to Encinitas Boulevard in the west direction. Take Highway 101 towards D Street and turn right.

Parking in the area is available only on side streets. Visitors may have to search for a spot for a few minutes or more in the summer season.

Accessing Boneyards via Foot

To get to Boneyards Beach, visitors will have to first access a neighboring beach and walk over from there. One access point is through the D Street Beach area. Visitors will need to walk down the wooden steps at the D Street Viewpoint Park area and walk for about a quarter of a mile south to Boneyards.

Another way to get there is through access at Swami's Beach. From Swami's Beach, visitors will need to walk for about a half of a mile north until they get to Boneyards.

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Know Before You Go & Tips

Clothing Optional
Clothing Optional
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Camping
No Camping
No Dogs
No Dogs
No Glass Containers
No Glass Containers
No Motorized Vehicles
No Motorized Vehicles
No Smoking
No Smoking
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Shade
Shade

Tips

Interested in checking out Boneyards? Here are things to know before heading out:

Use Lots of Sunscreen

Visitors who opt to go clothing free should apply plenty of sunscreen. Areas that are usually covered by clothes may be more vulnerable to the powerful California sun and sunburn.

Check Surf Report

Always check the surf report before making the journey out to this beach. In the winter, conditions may be treacherous.

Watch for Tides

The beach is wider and sandier during low or mid-tide. High tide may shorten the beach considerably, so watch items and belongings that are close to the water.

Less Crowds

Boneyards is an alternative spot to other more crowded surfing beaches. Visitors in the area who are surprised by a big crowd can make the hike over to Boneyards Beach when other places are too busy.

Unique Experience

Ready to try one of San Diego's most unique beaches? Visit Boneyards Beach and experience Southern California in a totally new way.

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