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Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas

San Diego, CA
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Moonlight State Beach, Encinitas, San Diego California


You can sit atop the cliffs and watch the sunset over Moonlight State Beach! It's a great way to end your day! Bring a burrito from Roberto's and you have a complete outing! Attractive couples gather on the benches overlooking the beach, while below, on the sand, beachgoers build a bonfire. Surfers happily skim over the water.
The sand, like many of the San Diego beaches, is a mucky mix of pale and dark sand. Sometimes the cold ocean wind creates mountains of sand that are fun to leap down.
A great thing about Moonlight State Beach is that you can park your car above it, so that when the wind is too cold, you can have a picnic in your car with ocean and sunset views. The free parking lot is above the beach, on C Street.
Afterward, stroll along Coast Hwy 101 where there are an assortment of attractive restaurants such as Union Kitchen and Tap. It is a nine minute walk from the beach to the main strip of Coast Hwy 101.
For a nice shopping plaza with a great feel to it, check out Cardiff Towne Center (8 minutes south).


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Houses on the cliffs.
Houses on the cliffs.
Guys playing soccer behind the wall of sand.
Guys playing soccer behind the wall of sand.
Sunset at Moonlight State Beach.
Sunset at Moonlight State Beach.
A fire to keep warm.
A fire to keep warm.
California couple.
California couple.


Moonlight State Beach is located at 499 C Street, Encinitas CA 92024.
Parking is free!
Union Kitchen and Tap, 1108 S. Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas CA 92024, call (760) 230-2337.
Roberto's Taco Shop (a six minute drive to pick up a burrito for your picnic), 471 Encinitas Blvd, Encinitas CA 92024.

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04/28/2020 01:27
Love the temps and sunshine..Great picture..

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Last Updated: Sat, 14 Nov 2015 22:36:34 GMT