Cardiff by the Sea

Boasting two miles of  stunning coastline

this quintessential beach town is best known for exclusive homes, world famous surfing, and community pride.  Cardiff is tucked in between Solana Beach to the south and Encinitas to the north…

Cardiff by the Sea is actually a part of City of Encinitas, but does have it’s own zip code (92007).  As of 2011 Cardiff by the Sea has about 12,000 residents.

Cardiff  by the Sea attracts both locals and tourists alike, with it’s friendly laid back atmosphere and fabulous year round weather.


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Residents are also environmentally conscious of their home by the sea and even maintain a 900 acre ecological reserve.  Cardiff also has two great surf spots, Swami’s and Cardiff Reef.  A little secret fact, pro-surfer, Rob Machado, resides here.

Cardiff is also home to the Cardiff Kook, which is a bronze statue that sits between the 101 and the beach.  It was created by Matthew Antichevich as a tribute, but turned out to be a total joke and actually won worst architecture of the year in 2007. Surfers feel it does not accurately depict the actual surfer stance among other things.

It is a site as it is constantly ‘dressed up’ by volunteer pretty much every weekend.  Whenever I’m driving along the beautiful 101, I always take a look to see the latest theatrics with the Kook!


Cardiff by the Sea is also home to San Elijo State Beach where you can actually camp with the ocean in the background!  Where else can you do this, but beautiful San Diego!

You can drive in an RV or tent it up.  Dogs and kids welcome.  One note of caution, do not think you can just call a week in advance for reserving a site.  They fill up within minutes of the reservation period… sick months in advance!

If you are interested, click the link to visit the official site of the California Department of Parks and Recreation for more info.


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There must be something in the water  because it draws people out of their homes to strolling the historic 101 which offers a mélange of shops, fine dining, charming cafe’s, plus beautiful art galleries, and so much more!

Sunday brunches at The Beach House are awesome.  The food is not great, but the view and price are!

Relaxing on one of two patio seating areas is perfect and some days you can sit out on the patio and watch dolphins frolic in the water while you’re enjoying a nice meal with a friend.