Just north of sunny San Diego, California, Cardiff is a quaint seaside community in Encinitas with great surf, quiet nightlife, and great beaches. With just over 500 acres, Cardiff State Beach has plenty of room to enjoy the beautiful sand and surf of Southern California. The south end of the beach is a wonderful place to explore at low tide, as San Diego hosts a wonderful tide pool ecosystem with starfish, sea cucumbers, and more.
Stand-up paddleboarding is a popular activity at Cardiff State Beach, in addition to surfing. You can view current surfing conditions online from a live camera feed, in additions to specific weather conditions described in detail. Additionally, the beach is a great place for scuba diving, snorkeling, swimming, windsurfing, and fishing. On land, there are also bike trails, and geocaching is permitted.
Dogs are allowed at Cardiff State Beach, but they must be kept on a leash at all times. Be respectful of other guests on the beach and other pets. Do not bring aggressive dogs or unvaccinated puppies. Always pick up pet waste and keep the park as clean as you found it. Cardiff State Beach is open dawn to dusk daily. There is no fee for access, but there may be a charge for parking your vehicle.
Restrooms are in the parking lot, and there are showers available, as well as sand wheelchairs available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no alcohol permitted anywhere at Cardiff State Beach. The park is day-use only, but San Elijo State Beach is adjacent and has a campground you may wish to stay at. Alternatively, there are plenty of hotels nearby if you prefer a more comfortable overnight stay.
There is currently construction in progress at Cardiff State Beach, and part of the beach may not be accessible during high tide. For a quiet and undisturbed beach experience in Southern California, Cardiff State Beach fits the bill perfectly. Bring your family and furry companion to Cardiff State Beach and enjoy the salty air and sandy beaches.