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Cardiff by the Sea
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Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a beach community in the San Diego-Carlsbad Metro Area. It has the Pacific Ocean on its west, Encinitas on east and San Elijo State Beach to the north and San Elijo Lagoon on the south (a naturally occurring inland waterway fed by the ocean).

This community is located in the city of Encinitas with a population of 12,000 - is a part of San Diego County. It is located just 25 miles from the city of San Diego - California's second largest city.

The community was named after seaport in Wales. The latitude of Cardiff-by-the-Sea is 33.021N. The longitude is -117.28W.Elevation is 79 feet.

Former and merged names include: ? San Elijou

Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a great escape. Known for its charm, village hospitality and warm, sunny weather, it offers everything unique to those who seek the beauty of a small ocean side town.

Mexican and seafood restaurants are located at "Restaurant Row" on the beach at the north end of San Elijo Lagoon.


San Elijo State Beach Campground provides beach campsites and day-use beach parking and lifeguard service.Paid parking is available inside San Elijo State Park. However, ample free parking can be found outside the park along the highway.

Getting there

Take I-5 north from San Diego and exit at Manchester Avenue. Take Manchester west; it will turn into San Elijo Avenue. From San Elijo Ave. turn left on Chesterfield Dr. which will take you to Highway 101 (Coast Highway).

Tips & Suggestions

The south end of Cardiff State Beach ("Seaside" parking lot) is a favorite surf break periodically hosting surfing events and contests.

Add a interesting spin and visit the beautiful gardens at the Self Realization Fellowship Retreat located near "Swami's" parking lot north of San Elijo State Beach (look for the gold domed roof). The retreat, built by followers of Paramahansa Yogananda in 1937, opens its gardens to the public Tuesday through Sunday during daytime hours.

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Annual Events Include:
  • Cardiff's Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Greek Festival every September.
  • A Chili Cookoff in October.

Cardiff by the Sea Chamber of Commerce
2051 San Elijo Ave. Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Ca. 92007
Located at Cardiff Towne Centre Phone: 760-436-0431


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