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Cardiff By The Sea Surf Spot



Cardiff is an awesome place, not only the waves but the community and culture that surround this awesome reef break. Very often, you will meet complete strangers and spend hours talking with them about good days of surf or just about life in general.

Cardiff is an awesome beach for a day with the family or just a pre-dawn surf session with not a lot of other surfers in the water.

The Cardiff sign from Old Highway 101


Location:

Cardiff is located about 5 minutes South of Encinitas and about 15 minutes North of Solana Beach. There are a few restaurants surrounding Cardiff such as the Charthouse which is an awesome fine dining establishment. You can actually watch the surf while eating dinner at the Charthouse and it's a really beautiful view. Cardiff is very easy to find and definitely worth checking out!
 

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The Parking Scenario:

There is ample parking located at Cardiff beach and accommodate a lot of vehicles on good days of surf. The parking lot is located on the beachfront which is awesome for hanging out. You don't have to hike up any stairs or walkways, you're vehicle is right there which has always been a plus for me.

The parking lot at Cardiff

Please note: During an extremely high tide and large surf, the parking lot can become flooded due to it being located at sea level. The city officials are usually on top of it when this occurs to divert traffic but keep this in mind on large days of surf.

Beach Accessibility and Conveniences:

Cardiff has no stairs or walkways so beach accessibility is easy. Just park the car and walk about 40 feet to the water! Doesn't get much better than that!

There is a public restroom located on the East side of the parking lot is impossible to miss. there are several restrooms located here and is often cleaned and maintained by the City. There are sinks located on the side of the restroom facility and are awesome for rinsing out your wetsuit and booties.

The Restrooms at Cardiff

There is also a shower located on the beach side of the parking lot which is awesome for rinsing off after a long session.

The Shower at Cardiff

Lifeguard:

There are Lifeguards on duty during the Summer season and during large and dangerous days of surf. During the Winter months, the Lifeguard towers usually remain unoccupied but there are often Lifeguards patrolling the beaches in their vehicles.

Cardiff is a relatively small beach so there is usually only one Lifeguard on duty so beware and as always, be smart and careful in the water.

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