Beacons Beach


Beach Highlights

Neptune Drive and W. Leucadia Blvd,
Encinitas, California (map)
More info: Website
Phone: (760) 633-2740

Located in Leucadia, Beacons Beach is probably best known for its surfing. Surfers are willing to walk up an down the bluff trail to get to the waves. On the maps, it’s “Leucadia State Beach,” but ask the locals, and they will just say, “It’s always been Beacons Beach. Even the sign at the top of the bluff reads Beacons.”

While parents bring their kids and tots to beacons, this beach is not the most ideal family spot. Besides the hillside climb and limited parking, there are no restrooms or other amenities. The tradeoff is the relative isolation. The beach almost never gets crowded, even on holidays, and the traffic is many local, with most tourists going to the beaches to the north and south.

Secluded Beach

Beacons Beach is hidden below an tall ocean bluffs, making it a secluded haven for surfers and other beachgoers. At the top of the bluff is a parking lot with a dirt trail winding down the side of the cliff. From the parking lot is a great view of the surfers riding the waves, boats on the horizon, and a beautiful sunset.


Swimming, surfing, walking, jogging, fishing and picnicking are popular activiites at Beacons Beach. A reef is located off Beacons, which makes the beach a nice surf spot.

The beach is very secluded and can be the starting point of a nice hike up or down the coast during low tide.

Nearby Attractions

Beacons beach is a few blocks from downtown Leucadia and N. Coast Hwy 101. Moonlight Beach is about 1.4 miles to the south and South Ponto about the same distance to the north in Carlsbad.


No Restrooms (Nearest public restrooms at Moonlight Beach and South Ponto Beach.

Other Useful Information

No dogs, alcohol, or glass allowed
No Alcohol
No Dogs
No Glass Containers

Beacon’s Beach parking at is available along residential streets west of 101 or in small lots off Neptune Ave.

Beacon’s Beach Hours: 5am – 10pm
Beacon’s Beach Use: 4am – 2am

Lifeguard Towers Open: 10am – 6pm during the
Summer Season (late June to Labor Day)

Contact Encinitas Lifeguards
505 South Vulcan
Encinitas, CA 92924
Emergency (760) 633-2750
Business (760) 633-2748
Junior Lifeguards
(760) 633-2752
Fax (760) 633-2626

In all, Beacons Beach attracts mainly local visitors. Although it’s Leucadia’s main beach, it is hidden in a neighborhood and not easily reachable. But if you’re looking for a beach that is secluded and has relatively few people, with superb walking and jogging, this might just be the place is for you.