The ledges or piers are like rocky fingers that run beneath the beach and jut out into the sea. The idea is that they stabilize the sand and don’t wash it away.
The “moonlight” in this beach’s name comes from the fact that local residents came to the area for midnight picnics in the early 20th century. The beach is west of I-5 on Encinitas Boulevard in Encinitas.
Moonlight State Beach
The family-friendly beach with lifeguards and great swimming holes is a fun and inviting spot for a warm and sunny day. There is a paid car park, but if you arrive early enough you can park on the street for free. The fire pits are available until the beach closes at 10pm.
For several decades, Oceanside beaches have had problems with sand build-up resulting from the construction of Camp Pendleton Harbor. The jetty at the Naval Base Harbor prevents much of the sand from being carried south by the waves that previously sanded Oceanside’s wide beaches.
The excavator has a hydraulically operated auger that combs the bottom of the inlet and sucks sand into the inlet. A very large pump sucks the excess sand into a pipe that runs along the beach to get the sand to where it’s needed.
Surfing and Surfing Lessons
Encinitas is world-renowned in the surfing community, and Moonlight Beach is a great place to get a taste of it if you’re not already veteran Hang 10s. Surfing is allowed at Moonlight outside the swim zone. You can take lessons from several surf schools here.
Moonlight State Beach is a local favorite and one of the more family-friendly beaches in the area with a wide variety of activities. The beach slopes gradually, making it a safer place for children to swim.
La Jolla Beach
One of San Diego’s premier beach destinations for families, La Jolla boasts the softest waves along its miles of shoreline. At this beach you can take a diving course and watch sea lions and seals lounging in the coves.
Fires are only allowed in suitable pits. No fires are allowed on the sand. Gas, propane, or electric grills are permitted on the sand but must be 18 inches off the ground. Charcoal can only be used in a concrete fire ring or on grills placed in a concrete fire ring.
Open Beach Fires outside of containers are prohibited on all San Diego beaches. Fires are not allowed between midnight and 5am. Burning rubbish is prohibited. Only wood, charcoal or paper products may be used as fuel.
Because the dark sand weighs so much more than the silica, it stays on the beach even when high-energy waves wash the lighter grains of sand into the sea. This makes the beach look black.
A beach drainage system or beach drain is a bank protection system that works on the basis of a drain in the beach. The outflow runs parallel to the shoreline in the wave upwelling zone. The beach drain raises the level of the beach near the installation line and thus also increases the width of the beach.
San Diego County’s geology varies from sea cliffs to sandy beaches. Beaches are generally located at the mouths of lagoons or in the mouths of lagoons or rivers. Cliffs formed by tectonic activity and erosion by sea forces deserve a special mention.
Most beaches get their sand from rocks on land. Over time, rain, ice, wind, heat, cold, and even plants and animals break rock into smaller pieces. This weathering can begin with large boulders breaking into smaller rocks. Water flowing through cracks erodes the rock.