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Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a beach community located between Encinitas and Solana Beach in Northern San Diego County, California. It has the Pacific Ocean on its west, Encinitas on east and north, and a beach and lagoon to the south. Operating as part of the City of Encinitas, the town still considers itself a separate entity.THEREEF

Cardiff Reef (“The Reef”) is a popular surf spot in Cardiff that produces waves both professional and novice surfers enjoy year round. Surfing at The Reef has progressed from just a few surfers in the 1950s to become one of the most popular surfing spots in San Diego County. Cardiff Reef and nearby surf spot, Pipes, are famous for their smooth and consistent wave shape. When the tide is low, a flat rock reef is revealed that extends 50 yards from shore. Exploring these tide pools is a popular activity for visitors of Cardiff.


San Elijo State Beach (campground) is a great location along the Southern California coast where swimming, surfing, camping and picnicking are just a few of the activities you can enjoy. The campground is located along the bluff and many of the camping spots have uninterrupted views of the Pacific Ocean. Access to the beach is by wooden staircases which drop you directly onto the beach from the campground.


Community Organizations:
Cardiff 101-Cardiff by the Sea –
San Diego Tourism Authority –
Beach –
Cardiff School District –
San Diego Coast Life Visitor’s Guide – 
Cardiff by the Sea



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