Encinitas (Scenic Photography)

As a photographer, growing up and living in Encinitas near the beach has been a tremendous blessing. The scenic images of the Encinitas beaches, ocean reefs, bluffs, surfers, ocean birds, beach and ocean sunsets, has given me the opportunity to capture so many beautiful photographs over the years for which I am continuously grateful. For this reason Encinitas will always be the favorite subject for my photography, and is why this photography website features such a great number of Encinitas photos.




One of my favorite and most photographed view points in Encinitas, from Cornish Drive and Santa Fe Drive, looking towards Swamis Beach and the SRF Golden Lotus Tower. The Self Realization Fellowship maintains a garden here, overlooking the ocean and Swamis beach, and every year in the fall, pumpkins are grown, which makes for a great seasonal photograph. I waited till late afternoon for the sun to get low, to take this photo. The golden light at that time really added a beautiful color to the pumpkins that gave them an extra glow.





One of my personal favorite photographs, taken from the San Elijo Campgrounds in Cardiff, looking north towards Swamis Beach, Encinitas CA. This Encinitas beach photo has gotten a lot of attention over the years, and is one of the most requested pictures that I’m asked to reproduce, most often as a large 40″ x 30″ canvas print.







Scenic Encinitas Pacific Ocean view of the reef at low tide, north of Swamis, from the Self Realization Fellowship Gardens.


















View from “Pipes” ramp of Swamis Beach Encinitas CA.









Panoramic coastal view of Swamis Beach and Self Realization Fellowship, Encinitas CA. Blue skies and tall palm trees.









Swamis Encinitas Golden Lotus Tower at dusk lit with seasonal holiday Christmas lights and surfer crossing sign.











One of my favorite places to walk is along the beach in Encinitas between stairs of Stonesteps Beach, Beacons Beach and Grandview Beach in Leucadia.









The Encinitas Rock-and-Roll House was an iconic Encinitas landmark between 2000 and 2007. The creation of artist Richard Margolin, was leveled flat in 2007, along with the rest of a .77 acre property that was shared with an artist colony. In it’s place was built a 30 million dollar project, now called, “The Lofts at Moonlight Beach.“ This picture was featured in a story I wrote titled, “Rock and Roll Never Dies” for the 2015 Feb/March issue of Encinitas magazine. Read the story here.

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  • Judith McIlwee

    June 3, 2018 , 7:07 AM

    I love your Encinitas beach photography. Do you have a price list?
    • Kyle

      December 29, 2018 , 3:37 PM

      Hi Judith, here is the link to my pricing: http://kylethomasphotography.com/ordering-prints-pricing/
  • Patricia

    August 23, 2019 , 8:48 AM

    Any shops nearby that sell your photos?
    • Kyle

      October 2, 2019 , 5:50 AM

      Hi Patricia, The Good Morning store in Cardiff used to sell my photos until they closed. Unfortunately, I currently don't have any shops selling my photos. However, you can contact me directly at 760-330-0113 or email me at eworldinc@gmail.com