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Cardiff State Beach

Phone Number

(760) 753-5091

Park Hours

Dawn to sunset


Driving Directions to Cardiff SB

The beach is located one mile south of Cardiff on Old Highway 101.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Attention Cardiff State Beach-goers:

There is a public infrastructure project underway that may limit access during high tide events between the Cardiff Reef Lot and the Seaside Lot. California State Parks has issued a right of entry permit to the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority to utilize approximately one-half acre of beach for the purpose of the replacement of the land outfall portion of the San Elijo Water Reclamation Facility (SEWRF) outfall system that extends between the SEWRF and the beach.  The existing 30-inch diameter land outfall pipeline was constructed in 1965 and is near the end of its useful life. This 30-inch diameter pipeline serves the communities of Encinitas, Solana Beach, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and Escondido by providing ocean discharge of treated wastewater approximately 1.5 miles from shore.  The new pipeline will connect to the existing outfall located beneath Cardiff State Beach.  The majority of the pipeline construction will be performed using horizontal directional drilling to minimize the impacts to the environment and the public. The project benefits the community by improving local water infrastructure, safeguarding public health, protecting the environment, and preserving future recreational opportunities. All coastal and environmental permits have been approved in advance of this project.  We expect the project to be completed by February 26, 2018.

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.

Dogs on Beach

Dogs are permitted on Cardiff State Beach. All dogs must be on leash at all times. 

Beach Wheelchairs

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.

Mobi Mat

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.

Surfline Surf Report

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

Bike Trails
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible