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San Elijo State Beach
San Elijo State Beach 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.
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.
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.
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.
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