Cardiff -by-the-Sea Beaches

When you Google Cardiff, what do you learn?

Everything you ever wanted to know about Cardiff…Wales! Relatively unknown and undeveloped, the local secret that is Cardiff-by-the-Sea offers both scenic bluff vistas and walk-out level sands.  Ocean views are plentiful, unobstructed by the typical rows of luxury homes that can block views for miles along most coasts. A favorite year round mecca for surf competitions, Cardiff lures surfers in from near and far with its solid waves.


South Cardiff State Beach

Cardiff State Beach

San Elijo State Beach Campground

San Elijo State Beach – Day Use

  • Lifeguard services → if any ← can vary by season, day or hours!
  • Dog rules vary by beach & season. See San Diego Dog Beach & Park Information
  • Overnight camping / sleeping is not permitted, except at campgrounds
  • Smoking has been banned on all California State Beaches & Parks
  • Alcohol is not permitted on most beaches (Yes, this includes beer & wine…)
  • All beach information & details are  subject to change without notice
  • Be safe!  Always check rules & hazards of each beach