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 State Parks continues to implement water conservation measures within its state park system. Effective on July 15th, 2015, all state parks and beaches have shut off outdoor rinse stations. We encourage visitors to bring hand sanitizer or alternative means of cleansing. View the full media release here (Media Release)
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