Cardiff State Beach
As of June 1st, 2016, all wood burning fires are prohibited on our State Beaches where established fire rings are not provided. Propane fire pits or butane burners are permitted. View the full media release here (Media Release)
California drought restrictions have been lifted. We are in the process of replacing all water stations within in our state parks to ensure they are all in proper working order. We encourage the public to continue to conserve water.
Located on the San Diego Coast, which has been called the Riviera of the West, Cardiff State Beach has a gently sloping sandy beach with warm water. The site offers swimming, surfing and beachcombing.
Beach Wheelchairs are now available for patron use. Check out the wheelchair with a photo identification at the San Elijo State Beach Campground entrance. There is no fee charged for the use of the wheelchair. It is available on a first come, first served basis.
During the summer season, a Mobi Mat is placed at Lifeguard Tower 15 to provide a firm access surface to the mean high tide line. This mat will permit an easier pathway to access the beach.
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Location - Directions
The beach is located one mile south of Cardiff on Old Highway 101.
Latitude/Longitude: 33.0100 / -117.2783
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Available Activities and Facilities at Cardiff State Beach
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available