Swami’s Beach Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"The North County beach vibe finds its best expression in coastal Encinitas, where laid-back surfing and New Age cultures blend. Right below the high perch of the Asian-styled Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) retreat, called Swami’s in deference to founder Paramahansa Yogananda, lies one of San Diego County’s most popular surfing spots. Just take it from the Beach Boys, who referred to Swami’s in their 1960s song “Surfin’ USA.”
On most days throughout the year, you can view surfers in action or bobbing astride their boards just outside the breakers awaiting the next perfect wave. Bottlenose dolphins occasionally show up too, seemingly playing in the surf and sometimes even catching their own rides. Birds of many varieties— including gulls, terns, and shorebirds large and small, along with the ever entertaining peeps (small sandpipers)—are likely to be present during a Swami’s walk."