One of the best beaches in Encinitas is Swami's Beach, named after Swami Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952). The Self-Realization Fellowship use to own the land comprising of Swami's State Beach park. There are numerous shops, restaurants, cafe's, and the beautiful Meditation Gardens within walking distance. The long wooden staircase leading to the beach is rewarding for both the exercise and the incredible beauty on the way down and once your feet hit the sand.

This beach appeals to many visitors for the tide pools, waves, soft sand, dramatic beach cliffs, and even an outdoor shower facility to rinse off in freshwater. Make sure to visit Swami's beach on days where the tide is particularly low to see the tidepools. Surfers and guests can park in the small paved parking lot or find street parking on the Pacific Coast Highway. There is a large grassy area with benches for those simply wanting to enjoy the sun to study or have lunch with the family.

Swami's is one of the best family beaches because it is far from the road and the area south of the steps is gently sloping and shallow. If the stairs are too much of a challenge the views overlooking the beach below are wonderful. There are many talented surfers in the water to watch and admire. It's not uncommon to see generations of families surfing together at Swami's, adding to its charm. New surfers should keep in mind the paddle out to the point break is fairly long, it can be crowded making surf etiquette a must, and due to it being a reef there are sharp rocks on the bottom.


Nearby Restaurants, Cafe's, and Bars

Swami's Cafe Encinitas Blvd
1298 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
Enjoy a self-serve coffee bar with a variety of options to choose from and delicious food including breakfast, acai bowls, and sandwiches. Guests can sit outside under umbrellas, while still taking in the beautiful weather.

Union Kitchen & Tap
1108 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
Gather with friends to drink great beer with TV's to watch sports. Families and dog owners enjoy the outdoor area. Live music and a fun atmosphere make for a good day or night out. Patrons love the Mr. Fox cocktail, the scallops in the jambalaya, and bison burger just to name a few.

Encinitas Ale House
1044 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
Popular pub to enjoy amazing beer and food. The menu consists of pretzels with beer cheese, parmesan garlic fries, fried chicken sandwiches, tacos, burgers, pizza, and more. The Kobe burger gets raving reviews by diners.

Encinitas Fish Shop
1010 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
Casual sit-down restaurant with outdoor dining. The menu has many choices like Red Snapper, Fish and Chips, Fish Tacos, Clam Chowder, Oysters, Macaroni Salad, Blackened Swordfish, a Mahi Mahi plate, and delicious Pokie Bowls.

Philz Coffee
1060 S Coast Hwy 101, Encinitas, CA
This coffee shop has delicious pour-over coffee and excellent tea. Customers enjoy the iced coffee Rose', Mint Mojito iced coffee, and other amazing options on the menu. Parking can be a little difficult, but worth your time.


Staircase down to Swami's Beach


Beautiful ocean view on the way down to Swami's


Staircase, lifeguard tower, and sandy beach


Peaceful beach, cliffs, and waves


Beach and ocean view between the palm trees


View of Swami's looking towards the staircase and lifeguard tower


Beautiful Swami's beach in Encinitas


Stone, wave art at Swami's


City of Encinitas, Welcome to Swami's Beach, Simple Rules sign


Swami's Ped Xing


City of Encinitas Welcome sign


Dining patio at Swami's Cafe


Swami's Cafe


Philz Coffee in Encinitas


Union Kitchen & Tap


Mural of a sunset and surfers in Encinitas