Dawn to sunset
Cardiff State Beach
Driving Directions to Cardiff SB
Camping and Lodging
Online reservations are not available, please call the park for further options.
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
Notice California State Parks continues implementing water conservation measures within its state park system. Effective July 15, all state parks and beaches will shut off outdoor rinse stations. View the full media release here, (New Water Conservation Measures (pdf))
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.
Lost and Found
Lost and found is located at San Elijo State Beach Campground.
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