The southwestern corner of California has long been the destination of choice for anyone looking to hit the beach and enjoy some time on the sand. Located on the San Diego Coast, Cardiff State Beach is a beautiful stretch of California sand that you're more than welcome to explore with your fur baby.
This wide, sandy beach slopes gently down to the water, and although it's pupular, there's still plenty of space for you and your dog to stretch your legs. You can walk along the shoreline, beachcomb for ocean treasures, or just take a moment to sit back and take in the sights with your four-legged best friend. You can also dip your toes in the water which, in this part of the world, is usually at a lovely temperature. As a result, Cardiff State Beach is a favorite spot for swimmers, surfers, and scuba divers. The rip currents can be dangerous on this beach, however, so it may be best to ask a lifeguard where the safest swimming areas are for you and your furry bestie.
The beach also adjoins the nearby San Elijo State Beach to the north, where dogs are allowed in the campgrounds and paved roads and trails, but are not permitted on the beach.
Some parking areas for the beach have fees, though many people choose to park along the street parallel to the beach. Restrooms with showers are available, as are outdoor showers for rinsing off the sand at the end of your visit. Your dog must stay on a leash of no longer than six feet at all times wherever you travel on this puptastic beach. Be sure to have drinking water to share with your pup, and clean-up bags, and always stoop and scoop.
Spend a day in the glorious California sun with your doggo at the Cardiff State Beach today!