San Elijo SB

State Beach

Alert Notice:  Campers staying at either South Carlsbad SB or San Elijo SB may be affected by the water line work scheduled for September 8 - September 12, 2014.  The contractor maybe jackhammering and excavating several areas throughout both parks as part of the scope of the project between the hours of 09:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  The water will likely be shut off for a max of only one day at each park between the hours of 09:00 - 5:00 PM.  In the case of a water shut off, portable restrooms and hand washing stations will be brought in for campers to utilize.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but are working to adequately and properly maintain our facilities for you and future generations to enjoy.

Wi-Fi service is currently unavailable at San Elijo State Beach.

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!

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.

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 October 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 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 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.

·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Dawn to sunset

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (760) 753-5091

  • Region

    San Diego County


    San Diego

  • Max Camper Length:

    35 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    35 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes




Operating Hours

Dawn to sunset