Moonlight State Beach is a California state park that is operated by the city of Encinitas. This is the main central beach of Encinitas. It has a grass park with a kids play area in addition to a large family-friendly beach. The slope of the beach is gradual which makes playing in the surf more fun and a lot safer. Lifeguards have a significant presence here too. This is a popular beach so during the summers the park and the beach will be packed. If you can’t find a space to lay out right at Moonlight Beach, then you can head south to D Street Beach and beyond or just head north toward Stone Steps Beach. Three sand volleyball courts are a big draw here. Surfing is allowed outside of the swimming-only zone.