The charming beach community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea (also referred to as “Cardiff”) is located in Encinitas, California, in Northern San Diego County. Cardiff-by-the-Sea is nestled between the Pacific Ocean to the west, the San Elijo Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area to the south, and the rest of Encinitas to the north and east.
Cardiff is renowned for its small town casual vibe, and gorgeous beaches along scenic Highway 101, including Cardiff State Beach, San Elijo State Beach, and Swami’s State Beach. The area is known for its great surfing and diving, thanks to excellent breaks and kelp beds. San Elijo State Beach also features an oceanfront campground where swimming, surfing, and picnicking are just a few of the many activities that can be enjoyed.
Cardiff offers a variety of fabulous seaside restaurants along its Restaurant Row on Highway 101, including Mexican restaurants, Italian restaurants, vegetarian restaurants, seafood restaurants, and California cuisine.
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