The Beacons Encinitas beach is officially known as Leucadia State Beach. To the locals, however, it has always been known as Beacons Beach, and there is even a sign at the top of the bluff that displays the Beacons name. From the blufftop, it is a bit of a hike down to Beacons Beach, and this serves as a deterrent for some. There is also limited parking and a lack of amenities at Beacons Encinitas. The trade off is the relative lack of crowds. If you are seeking a more isolated beach experience during your Encinitas escape, Beacons Beach is a good place to start.
Beacons Beach isn’t the easiest San Diego area beach to find. Part of the reason for this is the limited parking, the beach’s relatively small size, and its somewhat hidden location at the base of bluffs. For tourists, the fact that it is listed as Leucadia State Beach on most maps can also be a cause for confusion. To help clear up matters, you can find Beacons Beach at 948 Neptune Avenue. That puts it between Moonlight State Beach to the south and S. Carlsbad State Beach to the north.
While you will sometimes see families with kids at the Beacons Encinitas beach, it is not generally regarded as a family spot. This definitely has something to do with the lack of facilities and parking, not to mention the fact that you have to hike down a hillside trail to get there. Many tourists are also turned away by these things, and the result is that Encinitas Beach tends to be visited more by locals. Swimming, sunbathing, and fishing are among the most popular activities, and as is true of other Encinitas beaches, this can be a great place for surfing as well.
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