Contact Number

  • (760) 720-7001

Park Accessibility Information

Park Hours

  • Gates open at 7am and close at Sunset.

Park Activities

Dogs are allowed at Cardiff Reef and Seaside, South of Tower 16, but must remain on a leash no longer than 6 feet.
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Bike Trails

Park Facilities

Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible


Park Directions

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


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 a 6’ leash and under owners control 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.

Special Events

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Surfline Surf Report

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Location - Directions

The beach is located one mile south of Cardiff on Old Highway 101.
Latitude/Longitude: 33.0100 / -117.2783

Parking Information

General Admission Day Use Fee is $12-$25 per vehicle (demand based pricing) or a valid annual California State Parks Vehicle Day Use Pass.  Camping is not permitted at Cardiff State Beach.

Cardiff State Beach is a very popular surfing location in San Diego County.  As a result this parking lot is busy year round.  

If there is no staff person in the kiosk at the park entrance, the parking fee must be paid at the Automated Pay Machine located in the parking lot near the restroom at Cardiff Reef and near the entrance at the Seaside Parking Lot.

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