Dawn to sunset
San Elijo State Beach
Coming April 2019
San Elijo State Beach Lifeguard Headquarters
Beginning September 2017 California State Parks will be constructing the new Lifeguard Headquarters building at San Elijo State Beach. Construction will occur Monday-Friday, but major electrical and plumbing work will keep some of the campsites closed during the construction process. This new state of the art facility will house public safety vehicles, a communications center, and an observation deck. The Lifeguard Headquarters building will greatly improve response times, access to medical aid, and better protect the safety of visitors as they enjoy numerous outdoor recreational opportunities.
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)
Volunteering with the California State Parks at San Elijo
Volunteer opportunities are available to assist with maintenance projects, educational events and camp hosting. If you're interested, please complete the Volunteer application and email it to email@example.com.
Volunteer Application: Form DPR208h
If you'd like to explore volunteer opportunities with our non-profit partner, the Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wi-Fi service is currently unavailable at San Elijo State Beach.
Campfire Center Rentals
Interested in having your group gather at the Campfire Center? Registered campers can reserve the campfire center for large groups in four hour increments, based on site availability. Please email email@example.com for more information.
The Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches are currently accepting donations to repair the existing stairways that lead to the beach throughout the park. The project has already started at South Carlsbad. Be a part of this important project! Find out more! www.fccsb.org
INTERESTED IN WATER SPORTS? Didn't bring a board? Need a lesson? We've got you covered!
Eli Howard Surf School is an overnight surf camp at San Elijo State Beach which also provides summer surf camps, weekend escapes for adults and Scouts, private surf parties, surf rentals, & day surf lessons year round. Visit Eli Howard Surf School or call (760) 809-3069.
Spring Break Juvenile Curfew
During the spring break period, a juvenile curfew is in effect at both San Elijo State Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. All juveniles must be accompanied by a legal guardian after 8PM if outside of their registered campsite.
Juveniles Must Camp with Parent or Legal Guardian
Juveniles intending to camp without a parent or legal guardian must, at the time of check-in, provide the following: Written consent including full name of parent or legal guardian, address and phone number and inclusive dates for which permission is granted to camp at the specific park unit.
Hike or Bike Campsite
There is a limited opportunity for individuals to utilize a hike or bike campsite at San Elijo State Beach. The shared site is available on a first come, first served basis. Registration is permitted after 4PM and occupants must vacate the site no later than 9AM the following morning. The hike or bike site is available for one night only and is designed to permit the individual a stop over point prior to continuing on their hike or bike journey. A nominal per person fee is charged and must be paid prior to entering the campsite.
Located on the San Diego Coast, San Elijo State Beach offers swimming, surfing, showers and picnicking. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers.
A camp store and snack bar located near the campground entrance operates March through December and provides all the amenities a camper may need including some RV supplies, boogie boards, firewood, and is the home of the original Bull Taco snack bar http://bulltaco.com/ or telephone the camp store at (760) 436-6601.
Eli Howard Surf School is an Overnight surf camp which also provides summer surf camps, Weekend Escapes for adults and Scouts, private surf parties, surf rentals, & day surf lessons year round and is also located near the campground entrance http://www.elihoward.com/ or telephone (760) 809-3069.
- San Elijo State Beach extends along Coast Highway 101, 3/4 mile north from San Elijo Lagoon's entrance channel, near the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
- Exit Interstate 5 at Encinitas Blvd., head WEST.
- Turn LEFT on So. Coast Hwy. Follow the Coast Hwy. south, about 2 miles.
Available Activities and Facilities at San Elijo State Beach
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available