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Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas

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Fan Page - Moonlight Beach is a great place for almost any kind of beach activity, including swimming, surfing, sunbathing, picnicing, walking and jogging. The area just in front of the main beach is designated for swimmers only, with surfing designated to the north and south. The kelp beds a quarter mile off the beach makes this a good diving spot.
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  • Good beach with parking around the area. Parking is not free. There is a lifeguard shack and a snack shack. The beach is level from the parking lot, no stairs or hills. 
    Good beach with parking around the area. Parking is not free. There is a lifeguard shack and a snack shack. The beach is level from the parking lot, no stairs or hills.  more »
  • Been here many times over the years and it never disappoints. A mellow and laid back beach with a fair amount of parking. Always a treat coming to Moonlight State Beach. 
    Been here many times over the years and it never disappoints. A mellow and laid back beach with a fair amount of parking. Always a treat coming to Moonlight State Beach.  more »
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  • Have been to Moonlight State Beach a couple times and it is always a great time. Beautiful beach with restrooms and a concession stand. They have volleyball nets and a playground. You can hike along the cliffs of the beach and go quite far. Just watch for the incoming tides! Great place for sunrises and sunsets.
  • This was our first visit visit to Moonlight Beach and my little family loved it. It was a convenient walk from our hotel, with lovely yards and a beautiful rock garden lining the street. The beach was clean and the supporting buildings were well maintained. It was great to see families enjoying the great weather on Saturday. We went back three times during our stay in Encinitas including a sunrise excursion. I would absolutely visit again. What a lovely example of California's state beaches.

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