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BeachFront Oceanfront Luxury Private Home Directly On Moonlight Beach Encinitas

Encinitas, CA, USA
  • House2200 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights

2 Bed 2 Bath Luxury Private Home On Moonlight Beach, Patios, Deck, Restaurants

This one-of-a-kind luxurious beach and ocean-front property is NOT on a cliff. Perfect for family or romantic getaways (or for finishing that book!), this 2 bedroom 2 bath oasis lets you refresh your spirit and invigorate your soul with its lovely ocean views and walk-out access to a family-friendly beach. Comfortable patios and balconies complete this home filled with travertine and lovely decor. For stays for less or more than a week, please check with owner.

Life is a beach adventure at the Beach Retreat.  The Beach Retreat is located in the trendy and chic seaside village of Encinitas, California. Looking for something unusual?  Looking to stay in an authentic seaside home?  Built in the 1950s, The Beach Retreat was one of the original homes overlooking Moonlight Beach. This California-style beach bungalow was originally designed as a five bedroom home on two levels. Years ago, the beach level was remodeled and converted into "The Beach Retreat" and now, for the first time, both the Upper and Lower levels are available for rent! The Beach Retreat - Upper offers guests the pleasure of two bedrooms and two baths in a single level home that has been turn key furnished with a variety of comfortable furnishings. After a sun filled day, refresh yourself on the ocean view patio deck, grill your dinner on the outdoor BBQ and relax on the comfortable patio furniture.  Be prepared to enjoy the balmy breezes and spectacular coastal sunsets! For updated photos please speak with Property Owner.

The Beach Retreat is a perfect place for:

- Honeymoons, Vow Renewals, Weddings

- Family Vacations 

- Romantic Getaways

- Friend & Family Reunions

- Small Business Retreats

A gift basket and bottle of wine await every guest's arrival. There is a fully supplied kitchen newly redone with stainless appliances, 3 dining areas with table and chairs including patio dining area, living room dining table, and a kitchen table for three.  There is also a fully equipped laundry area for those longer stays that might require it.  Something for everyone! Beaches, street bazaars, flowers, peace and love await you in the trendy seaside town of Encinitas.  Encinitas is a place where diversity rules and is celebrated daily. There is an established district with beaches and shady, tree-lined streets located on Historic 101. Locals welcome guests and give the impression of a happy, old-fashioned place where businesses such as Encinitas Surfboards have plied their craft since 1975. With an average annual temperature of 72 degrees and sunshine nearly every day, life is pleasant, no matter what you do in Encinitas. Enjoy one of the many fine restaurants, including sidewalk cafes on the main street of Encinitas or take a walk to the romantic overlook above Moonlight Beach and you will soon realize that life is better when spent on the beaches of Encinitas.

If you want to hit the waves, Swamis is a popular spot. It is located at the southern end of Encinitas and offers world-class surfing. If you want to put on your swim suit and soak up rays, The Boneyard at 4th and D Streets is a spot where you can do that. Activities for visitors include shopping, eating, sunbathing, swimming, surfing, museums and galleries, meditation and enlightenment and flower power. Once recognized as "the flower capital of the world," and spot where the renowned Ecke poinsettia was introduced in 1923, drop by one of the commercial nurseries open to the public and purchase a traditional poinsettia that grow rapidly in southern California. The Quail Botanical Garden claims it has the largest bamboo collection in the US. It is considered one of the best gardens in San Diego County and it is well worth the small admission fee charged.

When you have enjoyed all that Encinitas has to offer, don't forget that La Jolla and downtown San Diego are just a short drive away, along with Sea World, Seaport Village, Legoland, Balboa Park, San Diego Zoo, the Birch Aquarium, the island of Coronado and much more that San Diego has to offer. For an adventure across the border, bring your passport and the colorful musical coastal cities of Mexico await you, less than an hour's drive away.


Donna Miano

Member Since 2008
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english, italian
Calendar last updated:
Mar 29, 2018
About Donna Miano

My name is Donna, I was raised in San Marino California and come from a warm and hard-working Italian/English/German family. My immigrant parents worked as educators, health practitioners, and law enforcement. I have spent my life as a middle school teacher of world civilizations and have nurtured thousands of students in the course of a busy lifetime. At one point in my life, it was time for me to find my Place of Peace, which I did. It is here, at my Beach Retreat, which I share with others so that, like myself, they may experience the soul-soothing qualities of life by the Ocean. There is something very special about being able to wake and doze to the distant sounds of the sea, be soothed by the fragrance of salt, and be invigorated by the brush of an ocean breeze as we gaze at myriad stars twinkling above. Everyone -- everyone -- told me that I could not afford this home on a teacher's salary, but I have made it a priority and invite you to join me in enjoying this special sliver of heaven. By staying here and becoming a trusted guest and client who will hopefully return year after year, together we can achieve this dream together: cultivating our souls by surrounding ourselves with peace, tranquility and beauty, so that we may bring peace to others. Did you know that 97% of our earth's water is in the Ocean and yet less than 1% of oceans are protected by law as ocean sanctuaries? Hopefully a stay here at the Beach Retreat will rekindle your love of nature and help you get all your priorities straight - like it has done for me - I hope you join us for special moments like writing a book, rekindling a marriage, having a wedding or family reunion, or enjoying a sports retreat full of yoga, ocean swimming and beach walking. California is a world capital of health and with our mild climate it is the perfect place to be and stay healthy in harmony with the planet!

Donna Miano purchased this House in 1995

Why Donna Miano chose Encinitas

If you are a world traveller and stay here you will quickly notice that the Beach Retreat is unlike anywhere you have been before. This unique beach and oceanfront property is quiet - there are no sounds from loud streets, we do not hear trains, and it is possible to put your suit on and walk straight out to the beach. In the other direction, it is just a couple of blocks from a myriad of restaurants including Italian, Peruvian, Continental, American, Hamburgers, Ice Cream, cafés, boutiques, local museums, and more. If you have children, San Diego offers LegoLand (just a short drive away), San Diego Zoo, Sea World, SeaPort Village, Old Town, Birch Aquarium, La Jolla Cave and Children's Cove, local hiking trails and so much more. We have held many weddings at this property because of its proximity to the ocean and special Outlook promontory covered with grass for ceremonies above the sea. If you plan to bring together a larger group, both levels of this home are available to rent - the Beach level below, as well as the Upper level. You will be comfortable surrounded by the travertine counters in the kitchen and bathroom, a special grotto style bathroom in the master bedroom, a jacuzzi tub and wrap-around bedroom window with 270 degree view of the ocean, a huge walk-out bedroom patio where you can sunbathe or stargaze depending on the time of day -- there is a glass table that seats four, outdoor couches as well as lounge chairs, a sparkling kitchen full of luxury stainless appliances including gas stove and range, and a special open air patio adjacent to the kitchen that has not only a table for 8 but other seating areas around an authentic bronze statue fountain imported from Italy. The charms of this home are so many: at the end of the day relax in the wood paneled inner family room as you take in a movie or watch some TV. The relaxing space is all yours to call home for the time you are with us.

What makes this House unique

This home is the perfect place for a healthy and spiritually fulfilling getaway. Leave your cares behind, unplug, rejuvenate and celebrate life on your own, with friends, or loved ones. Or, for the worker bee, stay plugged in and work from paradise from your computer as you gaze over an expansive ocean instead of a cubicle or office wall. With all the benefits of an island retreat including toes-in-the-sand therapy, excellent food, meals under the parasol, and sunset soirées, the Beach Retreat is also only 30 mins from an international airport, walking distance from a train and coaster station, and ideal for professional meetings with film producers, real estate magnates, or solar energy production gurus. I fell in love with this property because I have spent my life in the fast lane professionally speaking and it was time to get back in touch with the me behind the round-the-clock educator me. By mixing so much beauty into a life that is still busy, I have achieved a certain amount of balance that was lacking in my life before. By sharing this property with others and making all our lives more abundant as a result, it nourishes my own spirit and I become a more complete person. I look forward to making a 100% electric vehicle available for your use in September 2015, it can be recharged just two blocks away, and is a no-emissions renewable clean energy vehicle that will be part of our making our world a more harmonious place when we all do our part to live in a sustainable manner by reducing waste and pollution. I will be honored to have you as my guest and hope you respect and protect my special property as much as I do. Once you are here, you will want to share it with your friends and family and I hope you do! I have had visitors from all four corners of the globe and many become return visitors, building a special relationship with this little slice of paradise where seagulls, sandpipers, and pelicans fly in unison above whales, dolphins, and sea lions.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Accessible
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Hot Tub
    • Parking
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1 Master
        1 queen, Walk out patio overlooking Moonlight Beach.
      • Bedroom 2 Guest
        1 king, King or two twin beds - trundle bed.
      • Master Bedroom overlooks the ocean with a 270 degree view with huge walk-out outside patio for romantic evenings under the stars. One-of-a kind view of Moonlight Beach and ocean from this property with is NOT on a cliff. First home home to the left (south) of Moonlight Beach.


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1 Master
        toilet, combination tub/shower, tub, shower, Jacuzzi tub / grotto like decor and space
      • Bathroom 2 - Guest
        toilet, shower, Lovely Italian travertine bathroom with satin fabrics.
      • Grotto-like bathroom with tub jacuzzi with shower. 2nd bathroom has new travertine tile bathroom with full shower.

      Location Type

        • Beach View
          Views of beach from master bedroom, master balcony deck and living room with balcony.
        • Beachfront
          Walk out to Moonlight Beach - immediate access.
        • Ocean View
          Sweeping views from master bedroom and living room as well as from deck and patio.
        • Oceanfront
          This property is NOT on a cliff. Put on your bathing suit and walk out to the beach!
        • Village
          Walking distance to numerous restaurants from four star to economical, boutiques, shopping, local museums and more.


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Budget
            • Family
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Spa
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Guests provide their own meals


                    • Iron & Board
                    • Air Conditioning
                      No need for air conditioning in this location whose median temperature year round is 72 degrees F.
                    • Fireplace
                    • Garage
                    • Hair Dryer
                    • Heating
                    • Internet
                    • Clothes Dryer
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Two living rooms: a) main with sweeping views of ocean, glass table, comfortable couch and coffee table b) woodsy fireplace lounge living area perfect for watching TV and movies, plush drop carpets.
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                    • Towels Provided
                      Beach towels as well as umbrellas and beach chairs provided. Plush designer home towels as well.
                    • Washing Machine


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                          Lovely dishes and specialty utensils.
                        • Dishwasher
                          Brand new stainless appliances.
                        • Kitchen
                          Brand new stainless appliances.
                        • Microwave
                          Brand new stainless appliances.
                        • Oven
                          Brand new stainless appliances. Top of the line gas oven.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Brand new stainless appliances.
                        • Stove
                          Brand new stainless appliances. Top of the line gas range.
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Three dining areas! Including a) breakfast nook in kitchen seats 3 around travertine table b) glass table in living room with ocean view, seats four c) vast open air patio attached to kitchen seats 8
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 8 people


                                • Books
                                • DVD Player
                                • Games
                                • Music Library
                                • Satellite / Cable
                                • Stereo
                                • Television
                                • Video Games
                                • Video Library


                                    • Lanai / Gazebo
                                    • Balcony
                                      Two! a) Adjacent to master bedroom, this large balcony patio is perfect for dining & watching the stars - table, lounge chairs b) Smaller walk out patio adjacent to living room overlooking beach area.
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Three! a) Large master bed patio deck perfect for dining & watching the stars - table, lounge chairs b) Smaller walk out patio adjacent to living room overlooking beach c) huge kitchen patio seats 8+
                                    • Golf
                                      Encinitas Ranch and 70 local golf courses near by including world renown Torrey Pines Golf Course only 15 mins away.
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      Possible to rent nearby.
                                    • Boat
                                      Boats may be rented nearby.
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Roses and potted plants abound.
                                    • Outdoor Grill
                                    • Ski & Snowboard
                                      Ski and Snowboard at Big Bear, about an hour and a half's drive, or 150 miles away.
                                    • Tennis
                                      Tennis clubs nearby.
                                    • Water Sports Gear
                                      Water sports gear may be rented nearby including surfboards, paddle boards and wetsuits.


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                        • wheelchair accessible

                                          Pool / Spa

                                            • Hot Tub
                                              Tub Jacuzzi in main bath.


                                                • museums
                                                • botanical garden
                                                • cinemas
                                                • festivals
                                                • health/beauty spa
                                                • library
                                                • live theater
                                                • marina
                                                • churches
                                                • playground
                                                • recreation center
                                                • restaurants
                                                • synagogues
                                                • theme parks
                                                • winery tours
                                                • zoo

                                                  Leisure Activities

                                                    • paddle boating
                                                    • antiquing
                                                    • bird watching
                                                    • boating
                                                    • eco tourism
                                                    • horseback riding
                                                    • outlet shopping
                                                    • beachcombing
                                                    • photography
                                                    • scenic drives
                                                    • shopping
                                                    • sight seeing
                                                    • walking
                                                    • whale watching
                                                    • wildlife viewing

                                                      Local Services & Businesses

                                                        • ATM/bank
                                                        • Babysitter
                                                        • fitness center
                                                        • groceries
                                                        • hospital
                                                        • laundromat
                                                        • massage therapist
                                                        • medical services

                                                          Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                            • pier fishing
                                                            • basketball court
                                                            • deepsea fishing
                                                            • equestrian events
                                                            • fishing
                                                            • fly fishing
                                                            • freshwater fishing
                                                            • golf
                                                            • golf privileges optional
                                                            • hiking
                                                            • hot air ballooning
                                                            • ice skating
                                                            • jet skiing
                                                            • kayaking
                                                            • mountain climbing
                                                            • paragliding
                                                            • parasailing
                                                            • cycling
                                                            • racquetball
                                                            • rafting
                                                            • roller blading
                                                            • sailing
                                                            • scuba diving or snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling
                                                            • snorkeling/diving
                                                            • snowboarding
                                                            • sound/bay fishing
                                                            • surf fishing
                                                            • surfing
                                                            • swimming
                                                            • tennis
                                                            • water skiing
                                                            • water tubing
                                                            • whitewater rafting
                                                            • wind-surfing


                                                                • Electric car will be available in the future and can be recharged at nearby electric car charging station two blocks away.

                                                                  House Rules

                                                                  Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                                  Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                                  Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                                  2 Reviews


                                                                  Latest reviews

                                                                  Absolutely beautiful! A retreat by the sea!

                                                                  Judi M.

                                                                  My family and I stayed here and were so impressed with the house, the view and beautifully kept courtyard. Every room has it's story. Guaranteed that once you visit you will want to return. The Master bedroom has an amazing view of Moonlight Beach. We had such an amazing 4 day stay. Every morning we enjoyed our breakfast watching the ocean waves and every evening we sat out in the balcony and enjoyed the ocean breeze and watched amazing Sunsets. We cooked in the gourmet kitchen and enjoyed barbecued steaks in the evening out in the patio. The owner is an amazing woman with so much history to share about the place. I really enjoyed speaking with her only I wish we had more time. It shows that the takes pride in her retreat cottage by the sea and has put much love in the decorating and upkeep of her cottage. I will definitely make it a place to return to year after year. This little jewel was worth every cent we paid.

                                                                  Unforgettable Stay - Peaceful, Pristine, Gorgeous!

                                                                  Donna M.-

                                                                  It is rare to find a private luxury property right on the beach that is available for rent. This squeaky clean, bright, cheerful home directly on Moonlight Beach was thrilling to be in. Each room has a singular personality from the spiffy green marble kitchen to the cozy dark wood TV room to the amazing bedroom overlooking a huge sunset-filled sky and tumbling waves - a dream come true! A swimmer and beach-lover's paradise, can't wait to return.


                                                                  Encinitas, CA, USA

                                                                  This one-of-a-kind exquisite property is one of the few in San Diego County that has walk-out access to the beach within walking distance of chic boutiques and restaurants.

                                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                                  For fewer or more than 7 nights, please check directly with property owner. Weekly reservations are on a First Come First Served basis. This is a unique one-of-a-kind beachfront home that is NOT on the cliffs. It is the very first home directly to the left (south) of Moonlight Beach (when looking towards the horizon). It is a lovely corner of the world to experience! Cleaning: (15 hours)

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                                                                  For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                                  Property # 693544