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About Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas, California

Beacon’s Beach in Encinitas is technically “South Leucadia State Beach” because it is the southern beach access of this state park, but this state-owned and city-run beach has been called Beacon’s for years. The beach here, just like Grandview Beach, the north beach in Leucadia State Beach, and nearby Stone Steps Beach to the south, is tucked below the bluff where homes and condos are densely packed, yet out of mind.

A narrow trail with three switchbacks descends the bluff face to access the beach. Beacons has a small parking lot on Neptune Avenue between Jasper Street and West Leucadia Boulevard a couple blocks west of Highway 101 in the Encinitas neighborhood of Leucadia. This lot is often full and getting a parking spot near the beach access is usually a problem.

Surfers and sunbathers are the main users, but if you just need to take off your shoes and walk on a beach this one is great. Just be aware that during high tides, the beaches in this area are narrow or all wet. If you have kids with you and want the added security of lifeguards, head to Moonlight State Beach which has an overlook and parking lot entrance on C Street.

Something else to note about Beacons is that it doesn’t have restrooms, so if you are not going into the water you’ll need to factor that in. Moonlight and South Ponto Beach both have full facilities.

948 Neptune Ave
Encinitas, CA 92024
Park Name
Leucadia State Beach
Other Names
Beacon Beach
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Free parking
Surfing, Sunbathing, Swimming, Beachcombing, Beach Walking, Surfing, Fishing
Lifeguard (summer), Bench, Viewpoint, No Facilities
Map of Beacon’s Beach
Encinitas, US
10:27 pm, May 21, 2024
temperature icon 58°F
L: 56° H: 64°
Feels like 57.45 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 0 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:45 am
Sunset: 7:46 pm
Humidity 85 %
Pressure1015 mb
Wind 0 m/s

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January 21, 2024

The access trail to Beacons has been wiped out and it will take a while to start the repairs.