Swami Beach

Written by www.casago.com’s Local Expert
Swami's Beach grassy area in Carlsbad, CA.
Memorial statue at Swami's Beach in Encinitas, CA.
Swami's Beach ocean overlook in Encinitas.
Ocean view with bench seating at Swami's Beach in North County San Diego.
Swami's Beach public restrooms.
Beach rule sign at Swami's Beach.
Swami's Beach staircase to the ocean in Encinitas, CA.
Top of the staircase at Swami's Beach.
Sunset view at Swami's Beach in Encinitas.
A sunny day at Swami's Beach in Southern California.


Swami Beach in Encinitas, California is an iconic surf spot known for its stunning waterfront access and surfing conditions. 

From recreation trails like Swami’s Trail to beginner surf lessons offered by the Maui Surfing Academy, this incredible beach has something for everyone with its variety of amenities. With breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a picturesque setting, this beautiful spot is great for locals and tourists alike, 

And while surfers will enjoy catching waves at this popular beach, others can enjoy a yummy picnic lunch shared on one of the picnic tables or out in the nearby grassy area. The sunsets are especially beautiful here and can't be missed when visiting! And if you come on the right day, you may even catch a local musician serenading as the sun sets.

Whether you come here to relax or get your adrenaline pumping, you're sure to have an unforgettable time at Swami's Beach in North County San Diego. 

Fun Facts 

Did you know that every year at Swami’s Beach in Encinitas, an incredible natural phenomenon takes place? 

It's called the migration of the grunion and it occurs when the tiny fish come to shore to spawn at night. During high tide, they come onto the beach noisily splashing in large groups and just as quickly depart with the outgoing waves. This unique event is a sight to behold and one that locals look forward to every year! 

So whether you're a beachcomber or an ocean enthusiast, be sure to check out this amazing spectacle and witness nature in action.

Getting There

Swami's Beach is located in Encinitas, California.  

To get there, take I-5 South towards Encinitas and exit onto Santa Fe Dr. Head west on Santa Fe and make a left onto Coast Blvd. Follow Coast Blvd until you reach the entrance to Swami's Beach. There is also an adjacent parking lot available for visitors.

Local Tips

  • Parking is limited but there are extra spots close by so you won't be stuck searching.
  • Public restrooms with showers are onsite.
  • There is an amazing surf break at Swami's Beach that’s a great spot for beginners and experienced surfers alike. Be sure to bring a wetsuit if you plan on taking a dip, the water is known to be a bit chilly.
  • During the grunion migration season, be sure to check the tide chart before you go. This will ensure that you can witness this incredible natural phenomenon at its peak!


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