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Cardiff State Beach

Contact Information

(760) 753-5091

Park Hours

Dawn to sunset


Driving Directions to Cardiff SB

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

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Brochures and Campground Maps

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

Repair Notice!
During the last high tide and surf event the weekend of 12/11/15-12/13/15, severe erosion occurred at the turnaround section of the Cardiff Reef Parking Lot.  We've obtained emergency permitting through the California Coastal Commission and other regulatory agencies.  Repair work will begin on Monday, 12/21/2015.  Access at the turnaround will be limited for foot traffic due to the movement of 1 ton rip rap pieces.  We want to ensure that we maintain our beach access but also provide public safety around heavy rocks and heavy equipment.  The project will include the placement of rip rap rocks over the existing footprint of rip rap rocks to protect the turnaround from further damage.  We expect the Cardiff Reef lot to be closed on Monday morning for rip rap delivery, but we will open the lot as soon as possible later in the day on Monday.  In addition, about half of the lot will be closed to the public for the duration of the work, expected to be complete by Wednesday morning, 12/23/2015.    Thank you for your patience as we work to restore and maintain the beach access at Cardiff for future generations.

Notice California State Parks continues implementing water conservation measures within its state park system. Effective July 15, all state parks and beaches will shut off outdoor rinse stations. View the full media release here, (New Water Conservation Measures (pdf))

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.

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.

Surfline Surf Report

Location - Directions

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

Available Activities and Facilities at Cardiff State Beach

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