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Surfhouse Encinitas

Private rooms
2+ nights
Nearest major airport
San Diego International Airport (SAN)

An authentic Californian experience

"This surf house embodies the spirit of Southern California and aims to give guests an authentic local experience. Grab a morning coffee and hop on one of our complimentary beach cruiser bikes to explore the local spots around town. Enjoy a surf at the local break, then rinse off in our outdoor shower and share a meal and some drinks with friends at a local bar. It’s all in a day’s work."

The surf

Peak swell
Variable swell

California is the most iconic surf destination in the world. And few towns are more surf-oriented than Encinitas. We are right in front of an epic spot, Beacons, which you can walk to anytime. But in addition, there are hundreds of surf spots within a short drive from our boutique hotel. Beach breaks, point breaks, reef breaks - you name it, we've got it!

And we're not kidding when we say that all year long is "peak season". It just depends on your preference for weather and waves. In the winter, waves generally get bigger and the weather is a little crisper. You'll want a 3/2 or 4/3 in winter. In summer you'll be surfing south swells in a spring suit or bathing suit. The town, weather, and waves are so good here, you might never leave.

The lodge

We are at Leucadia, a beach community where we share our good vibes, constant positivity, and zest for life outdoors as we enjoy all that our beautiful hometown has to offer. We are just steps from the most breathtaking beaches in California, with easy access to all the local bars and restaurants along the historic Highway 101.

Surf-inspired rooms

Our upscale, modern boutique hotel offers eight thoughtfully designed rooms with beach-inspired décor, all named after local iconic surf breaks.

Not only is each room carefully crafted to represent the legendary local surf breaks and beaches, but they’re decorated with unique art designed by local artists and craft artisans. Relax and admire the impeccable design of our rooms that blend natural elements with colors inspired by our beautiful hometown.


Whether you’re in the mood to be active outdoors or just relax and become a true California beach bum, we’ve got you covered. Surfhouse offers much more than just a place to relax at night. From our one-of-a-kind, hot outdoor shower, complimentary beach cruisers, surf lessons, surf guiding, yoga sessions, access to local discounts, and much more – there’s something for everyone to feel like a local while staying here.

A day at Surfhouse

Rise and shine! Fuel up for your surf session with a coffee and a light breakfast from our favorite neighborhood coffee joint. Take a walk to the local beach or hop in a guided Surfhouse surf trip to a different break and enjoy a morning on the waves. Our area has excellent waves for surfers of all levels!

Lunch like a true local. If you haven’t heard already, nothing screams “San Diego” like a classic California burrito. Don’t forget to add guacamole! After that, hop right into one of the fun-filled adventures that will take you all over San Diego. Whether it’s stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, hiking, or local beer tours, we know where it all happens.

Happy hour and sunsets - there are an array of unique happy hour spots within a two-minute walk of Surfhouse. Head out and mingle with the locals and enjoy a tasty local brew, wine, or cocktail. Pause for a moment and watch one of our breathtaking sunsets. Walk to Beacons beach and you will be perched high up on a bluff with a perfect panoramic sunset view.

Call it a night - Grab a bite from one of the many restaurants offering all the local flavors or enjoy some craft beer and wine made right in San Diego. Cheers! After a fun-filled day of surfing, you’ll need to recharge. Rest up and relax at Surfhouse, so you’re ready to do it all again tomorrow.


From the beaches to the deserts and the mountain ranges in between. Our boutique hotel grew some wheels and is ready to hit the road! Whether you are looking to jet-set for the weekend or take an extended trip, our new Mercedes-Benz camper sprinter is ready for any adventure - it is our Room 9.


Getting there
Fly to San Diego International Airport. From there, take a taxi (it's a 40min drive).
Fly to San Diego International Airport. From there, take a taxi (it's a 40min drive).

As Encinitas-natives, we grew up in one of California’s unparalleled surfing meccas, with the local breaks right in our backyard. Our vision while creating Surfhouse was to deliver a surf-inspired boutique hotel that combines all of our favorite things: the beach lifestyle and local surf community, good vibes, traveling, and stewardship of our town.

Meet Nikki and Sander

After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Nikki spent 7 months traveling South America gaining inspiration to open his surf hotel. With a degree in tourism and hotel management, Nikki brings years of hospitality experience to Surfhouse. Nikki lives just three blocks away, so hotel guests will see him around Surfhouse doing everything from taking bookings and checking in on guests to setting people up with surf equipment or taking them on surf-guided trips. When not at Surfhouse, Nikki can be found in the water surfing at Beacons or taking his dog Nora on a bike ride through the neighborhood.

Sander brings nearly a decade of entrepreneurial experience to the Surfhouse team. A graduate of USD, Sander has founded a handful of thriving local businesses and is particularly excited about Surfhouse since it blends two of his favorite things, travel, and surfing. As a full-time local Realtor in Encinitas, Sander is also a great resource for any guests looking to make a move to San Diego. Sander lives in Leucadia with his wife, Karolina, who handles the accounting for Surfhouse and their dog, “Leu” (which is short for Leucadia, of course)!

Languages: English
Response rate: 100%
Response time: Within 24 hours

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What's included?
Accommodation in a private room, wifi, free use of surf house common areas.
What's not included?
Flights, airport transportation, meals, snacks, beverages, board rental, and extra activities. For our van: Insurance, extra miles and cleaning fee.
What's the cancellation policy?
Cancel and get a full refund within 48 hours of purchase, or at least 90 days before the trip starts.
Risk-free booking
Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund.
Change of plans? No worries. Cancel any trip within 48 hours of purchase for a full refund, no questions asked.
Best price guarantee
If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
Booking with Thermal never costs more. If you find a lower price for the same trip, we’ll match it.
Connect directly
Speak to the team on the ground, instead of a travel agent.
Instead of a travel agent, we connect you directly to the team on the ground for the answers you need.
Exclusive experiences
We have a roster of amazing, one-off trips in the works.
Each week brings something new to discover. We have a roster of amazing, one-off experiences in the works.