Cardiff State Beach

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (June 17, 2021)

What is open now?

  • The state beach is open for active and passive recreation. 
  • Restrooms and parking areas are open for use. 
  • Face coverings are required when unable to maintain 6-foot physical distance.
  • Day-use fees may be paid through the automated pay machines installed at the park.
  • California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag):
    • May be purchased in person at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve South Beach Kiosk.  Note: Passes will not be sold on rainy days at Torrey Pines.
    • May be purchased in person at Seaside (South Cardiff) Lot, Cardiff State Beach on weekends from noon to sunset. 
    • May be purchased online and picked up at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 7 days a week (except rainy days) or at Seaside Lot, Cardiff State Beach on weekends.  Note: More details about quick pass pick up here or text ca1131 to 53242. 
    • May be purchased online at the California State Parks Store for delivery to your home or office.
  • The Limited Use Golden Bear Pass expiration date has been extended to March 31, 2021.  All other terms and conditions of the pass remain in effect. 

What is currently closed?

  • Group activities and athletics are permitted for household use only.
  • Park amenities such as drinking fountains are closed.  Bring water with you.
  • Group gatherings are not permitted.

Phone Number

(760) 720-7001

Park Hours

Gates open at 7am and close at Sunset.

Dogs Allowed?

Leashed dogs allowed at Cardiff Reef and Seaside.

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.

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


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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