Leucadia Beaches

With exceptional surf schools and the chance to experience the history of San Diego surfing culture first-hand, Leucadia beaches are well worth a day’s visit.
Leucadia Beaches
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Catch Some Waves at the Leucadia Beaches

Whether you’re a San Diego local or you’re a visitor in search of something more off the beaten path, the crowds at some beaches can be daunting. If you’re looking for a quieter experience where you can enjoy a day away from noisy tourists, the Leucadia beaches are a great option.

These beaches are typically smaller than their more well-known counterparts. The rockier terrain and steep cliffs surrounding the beaches make them more difficult to access. You may need to make a somewhat steep climb down stairs to get to these beaches, so pack light and prepare for a nice hike before you cool off in the water or soak up the sun.

The reward you earn for your troubles is well worth the initial effort. When you arrive, you’ll see fantastic views of the waterfront and plenty of crashing waves. It’s the perfect way to slow down in the middle of a fast-paced vacation, or to enjoy your time at the beach unbothered if you’re a local.

Leucadia beaches are a perfect spot for surfing for many residents and in-the-know visitors. You’re not going to find the kind of challenging waves that leave experienced surfers wiping out. Instead, you’ll typically see calm and consistent waves that provide a great starting point for beginners while still entertaining surfing veterans.

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The Leucadia Neighborhood

Leucadia is a small beach community. It stretches along the coast of Encinitas, California. It has a calmer, more peaceful ambiance than bustling Ocean Beach, which many say helps give the area its charm.

Leucadia is about a half hour’s drive north from Downtown San Diego, which nestles it just far enough away from many of the main tourist attractions that draw the biggest crowds. However, there’s still plenty to do and see in the area while still allowing for quick trips into the more touristy areas of San Diego.

The temperate climate of Leucadia makes it well-suited to supporting many kinds of local flora, including the varieties showcased at the Japanese Friendship Garden. You can also check out nearby Batiquitos Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area, and of course, the beaches.

Don’t forget to enjoy some of the fun local flavor of Encinitas too! As the “surfing mecca” of California, catching waves runs in the city’s blood. There are dozens of surf shops, landmarks, and themed restaurants that showcase just how beloved the sport is to residents of Encinitas and Southern California alike.

Leucadia isn’t far from many of the most popular attractions in San Diego. It’s less than a 30 drive to Balboa Park where you will find the world-famous San Diego Zoo. While you’re there, consider The Natural History Museum (theNat), San Diego Museum of Art and The San Diego History Center.

Educational and fun for all ages, these attractions, as well as gear rentals for surfboards, paddle boards, kayaks and more are all included with the Go San Diego Pass. With this pass, you can save when you bundle tickets to different attractions together. Take advantage of our additional discount by purchasing a pass before your trip.

If you’re looking for a hotel to stay in the area, consider the Kate Stanton Inn. Located just steps from the beach, this 4-star hotel includes free breakfast and WiFi and is a great choice for couples looking for a boutique hotel experience in San Diego.

Surfing at Leucadia Beaches

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The Leucadia beaches are a great option for travelers and locals looking for a more secluded beach experience. White sands and steady waves make the beaches in this area popular with surfers. Whether you are an experienced surfer looking for a day in the water or new to the sport and looking for a surf lesson, the Leucadia beaches are worth the trip.

Surfing

Looking Down at Beacons Beach from the Top of the Trail
Accessible by a goat trail, South Leucadia State Beach, colloquially known as Beacon’s Beach, is less populated, making it great for a relaxing ocean side stroll. A great choice for surfers, the waves are gentle enough for all skill levels, even beginners.
Beautiful Day at Grandview Surf Beach
Grandview Surf Beach is an ideal surfing and longboarding location in Leucadia. It features consistent left and right waves and an offshore reef break. You can even take a surfing lesson. There are lifeguards and convenient outdoor showers. Note that it must be accessed by a large flight of stairs.

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