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  • A quiet day at Swami's.- Swami's Beach
  • Looking south down Swami's Beach toward San Elijo State Beach.- Swami's Beach
  • Only a few surfers on a hot summer day.- Swami's Beach
  • A lone surfer.- Swami's Beach
  • The northern reef break.- Swami's Beach
  • Looking south down Swami's Beach toward San Elijo State Beach.- Swami's Beach
  • Looking south down Swami's Beach toward San Elijo State Beach.- Swami's Beach
  • Swami's is home to a world class (and crowded) surf break.- Swami's Beach
  • The steps leading from the parking area to the beach.- Swami's Beach
  • Top of Swami's Beach.- Swami's Beach
  • Steps down to the beach.- Swami's Beach
  • Entrance to the stairs reflects the origins of the beach's name.- Swami's Beach
  • Benches overlooking the beach.- Swami's Beach
  • Grassy picnic area at street level.- Swami's Beach
  • Memorial dedicated to Gary Taylor, a local surfer who passed away in 2003.- Swami's Beach
  • The small parking lot.- Swami's Beach
  • Series of benches at the street level of the park.- Swami's Beach
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Pros: 
Legendary surf spot.
Cons: 
Crowds. Limited parking.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
Current Local Weather:
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Named after Swami Paramahansa Yogananda, Swami’s is a world-renounced surf spot. Swami was the founder of the Self-Realization Fellowship, which maintains a temple overlooking this reef point. The beach extends south to San Elijo State Beach, but Swami’s usually refers to the point break nearest the cliff-top park. Access to the beach is through this small park that offers plumbed restrooms, potable water, benches with ocean views, picnic tables, bicycle racks, and a small off-street parking lot. Access to the beach is via a long set of stairs.

Because of its fame and great winter swells, Swami’s can be quite crowded when conditions are good. The off-season is considerably less crowded (on some days you may only encounter a handful of surfers), but the beach is still worth a stop.

Swami’s falls within the Swami’s State Marine Conservation Area, a 12.65-square-mile area that is rich with kelp forest, surf grass, California spiny lobsters, halibut, and other marine species.

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