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About Swami's Beach in Encinitas, California

Swami’s Surf Beach is a famous surfing destination at the south end of Encinitas, CA. The bluff top park at Swami’s Beach has a great vantage point for watching surfers and has shaded areas to enjoy a picnic as well.

There is a long stairway that descends the steep bluff from the parking lot to the beach. If the parking lot is full you will have to park along the highway outside of the park entrance.

During low tides you’ll find tide pools at the point north from the bottom of the stairs. When the tide isn’t too high, you can walk south into San Elijo State Beach for quite a distance. Walking north leads to a spot below the steep Encinitas bluffs called Boneyards. The beach at Swami’s has firm sand so it is ideal for beach walking.

The parking lot is open from 5am to 10pm and the beach is open from 4am to 2am (yes, just a two hour closure).

Several restaurants, including Swami’s Café (the original location of a local chain) on Highway 101, are just a short walk north from the Swamis parking lot.

1298 S Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, CA 92024
Park Name
Swamis Seaside Park, Sea Cliff County Park
Other Names
Swamis Surf Break
City Beach
Pet Details
No dogs allowed on the beach
Free parking
Surfing, Tidepooling, Picnicking, Beach Walking, Whale Watching
Restrooms, Showers, Picnic Tables, BBQs, Grass Park, Benches, Tide Pools
Map of Swami's Beach
Encinitas, US
4:38 am, May 28, 2024
temperature icon 58°F
L: 58° H: 64°
Feels like 57.4 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 0 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:42 am
Sunset: 7:50 pm
Humidity 90 %
Pressure1016 mb
Wind 0 m/s

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Boneyard Beach

0.6 miles away

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D Street Beach

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