You know that Southern California is a hotspot for daytime fun (hello, beach day), but did you know that there’s just as much to do at night? That’s right—the fun has only just begun once the sun goes down! Here in Encinitas, California, we have our own way of taking advantage of nighttime magic. Whether you’d rather soak in a gorgeous sunset, try a handcrafted cocktail, or frolic on the beach at night, you’ll make unforgettable memories here. Check out our three favorite things to do in Encinitas at night, then access our complimentary Destination Guide for more local recommendations.
Our 3 Favorite Things to Do in Encinitas at Night
Experience One of Our Signature Sunsets
While there is no “bad” place to watch the sun sink below the horizon here, we think Encinitas has some of the absolute best sunsets in Southern California. Moonlight Beach is one of our all-time favorite spots to watch the sky explode into a kaleidoscope of purples, pinks, oranges, and reds at the end of a fun day. A great way to experience it for yourself is to pack a picnic lunch, walk down to the shore (it’s a quick, 7-minute walk away from The Inn at Moonlight Beach), and spend the entire evening soaking in the stunning views. You can even catch a captivating sunset right here at the inn! Just head up to our open-air deck and enjoy the show.
Walk to a Local Brewery or Bar
Whether you’re more of a beer person, love wine, or strictly stick to cocktails, you’ll find your new favorite libation here. There are several Encinitas breweries near The Inn at Moonlight Beach, and we recommend walking to Culture Brewing Co. if you’re in the mood for some frothy suds. If wine and other curated creations are more your speed, check out The Roxy or Death By Tequila.
Stroll Moonlight Beach
Moonlight Beach—our favorite, family-friendly beach—should be at the top of your U.S. bucket list if you love spending time in the great outdoors. When you stay at The Inn at Moonlight Beach here in downtown Encinitas, you’ll be within walking distance of this iconic surf spot! To us, there’s nothing finer than strolling the shoreline after the sun has gone down. Try it for a new perspective on this local favorite beach.
What’s the best way you can end your perfect night in Encinitas? Staying in one of our gorgeous suites, of course! Our high-end, family-owned inn is not only within walking distance of the best family-friendly beaches, surfing destinations, and downtown Encinitas restaurants, but it’s also designed to nourish life from the inside out. Our modern, boutique inn is the first hospitality building in the world to earn WELL Platinum™ certification. The thoughtful architecture and flourishing gardens make for a truly unique, elegant retreat just blocks from all of the action. Thanks to our inn’s clean air, purified water, circadian lighting, nutritious food, and on-site spiritual wellness activities, discovering your healthiest self begins here.