Moonlight SB

State Beach

This wide, sandy beach offers swimming, surfing and fishing. Facilities include volleyball and tennis courts, recreational equipment rentals and a snack bar.

The "moonlight" in the name of this beach comes from the fact that local residents used to come to the area for midnight picnics early in the early 1900s.

The beach is located west of I-5 on Encinitas Boulevard in Encinitas.

The City of Encinitas operates Moonlight State Beach -- please visit their website for additional information.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Dawn to sunset

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (760) 633-2740

  • Region

    San Diego County


    San Diego

  • Purchase Annual Passes



Operating Hours

Dawn to sunset

Please be advised, Moonlight SB is one of the few California State Parks that does not accept the Annual Day Use Pass.