Cardiff State Beach
Driving Directions to Cardiff SB
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are not available for this park.
Brochures and Campground Maps
During the last high tide and surf event the weekend of 12/11/15-12/13/15, severe erosion occurred at the turnaround section of the Cardiff Reef Parking Lot. We've obtained emergency permitting through the California Coastal Commission and other regulatory agencies. Repair work will begin on Monday, 12/21/2015. Access at the turnaround will be limited for foot traffic due to the movement of 1 ton rip rap pieces. We want to ensure that we maintain our beach access but also provide public safety around heavy rocks and heavy equipment. The project will include the placement of rip rap rocks over the existing footprint of rip rap rocks to protect the turnaround from further damage. We expect the Cardiff Reef lot to be closed on Monday morning for rip rap delivery, but we will open the lot as soon as possible later in the day on Monday. In addition, about half of the lot will be closed to the public for the duration of the work, expected to be complete by Wednesday morning, 12/23/2015. Thank you for your patience as we work to restore and maintain the beach access at Cardiff for future generations.
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
Available Activities and Facilities at Cardiff State Beach
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available