Why This Beach Is Legendary
Surfing at D Street Beach
This beautiful beach attracts a variety of visitors but is mostly a local spot for surfing and quiet relaxation away from the crowds of other, more popular San Diego beaches. Even at the height of the summer season, there may only be a few umbrellas and beach towels set up on the sand.
The beach descends into a gradual slope into the water’s edge. During high tide, the water may come up pretty far onto the sand.
Surfing is excellent at this beach, but it's best reserved for experienced surfers who can handle the challenging waves and conditions. The best times to surf tend to be in the morning and late afternoon. The waves here average from stomach to head high.
The water features waves that break on a sandbar, with swells coming from different directions. The waves come fast and peaky here, with punchy powerful barrels that are best left up to advanced surfers to handle. It's best to bring a shortboard here for surfing as the waves break in pretty shallow water.
Watch the Sunset
Whether from the top of the stairs or on the sand D Street Beach is the perfect place to end your day and enjoy the sunset.
Besides surfing, visitors have also found this beach to be a hidden gem for beachcombing. Get here early in the morning to collect the smooth, polished beach rocks from the surf. Check out the different types of sea glass along the water as well.
Stay Nearby & Explore More
The Best Western Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach is a great place to stay at while you are visiting North County San Diego. This 96-room hotel offers free breakfast and free wi-fi and is only ¾ of a mile away from D Street Beach.