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San Elijo State Beach

Contact Information

(760) 753-5091

Park Hours

Dawn to sunset

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet

Driving Directions to San Elijo SB

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.


Reservation Notice

Website and telephone reservations for California’s state parks is temporarily offline to prepare for the exciting launch of the new system on Aug. 1. During this time, all existing reservations will be honored. For more information, such as FAQs, please visit ReserveCalifornia™


    

 

 

Coming Soon
San Elijo State Beach Lifeguard Headquarters

Rendering of the new Lifeguard HeadquartersRendering of the new Lifeguard Headquarters

Beginning October 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. There may be construction noise during the week. Access to the San Elijo Campground dog beach will be through Cardiff State Beach. 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.

Notice:

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. 

Surfline
Pipes at San Elijo SB

Surfline
San Elijo SB

 

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 robert.peek@parks.ca.gov.

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 kkooiman@fccsb.org

Wi-Fi
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 campfire.reservations@parks.ca.gov for more information.

Adopt-A-Stairway
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.

Park Information
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.

Location-Directions
  • 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

OVERNIGHT FACILITIES
Family Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
TRAIL USE
Bike Trails
DAY-USE ACTIVITIES & FACILITIES
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Fishing
Interpretive Exhibits
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Swimming
Windsurfing/Surfing
Family Programs
Geocaching
OTHER FACILITIES & VISITOR INFORMATION
Camp Store
Parking
Restrooms / Showers
Restrooms
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible
 
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