Just over 25 miles from the San Diego Natural History Museum, Cardiff State Beach is open year-round for terrestrial and marine recreation. Nestled between Encinitas (to the north) and Solana Beach (to the south), Cardiff State Beach is the long sandy strip along the Pacific Ocean bordering the west end of San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, a 721-acre reserve providing important habitat for migrating and nesting bird species, plants, and marine life.
During low tide,
visit Seaside Beach at the south end of Cardiff State Beach and explore the
tide pools where you might find sea cucumbers and starfish. The north end of Cardiff
State Beach is considered one of the best surf spots in San Diego and is a favorite
to many local surfers. Beachcombing, surfing, and swimming along with its
proximity to shops and restaurants makes the town of Cardiff-by-the-Sea and its
beach a local favorite. Rip currents are
common at Cardiff State Beach so be careful while swimming there.
about Cardiff State Beach and its neighbor the San Elijo Ecological Reserve by
visiting the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center in Cardiff-by-the-Sea where admission is
PHOTO CREDIT: George M. Fattell