Today on Off the 56, we’re taking a tour of the beachside community, Cardiff by The Sea. Let’s go!
Our first stop on our tour is Seaside State Beach in Cardiff. This beautiful beach is known for its white sandy beaches, beautiful cliffs, and great surfing! In fact, the surfing is so great it attracts famous San Diego surfers like Rob Machado, who lives locally. Seaside Beach is also known for its expansive tide pools that can keep kids and adults alike entertained for hours! The tide pools are full of a variety of sea creatures and plants you may have never seen before in the wild. And the famous California Explorer State Park Pass is accepted at Seaside State Beach too! (We love easy parking in SoCal!)
Up next is Cardiff State Beach. And it isn’t a trip to Cardiff Beach without a visit to the Cardiff Kook, who is celebrating his 50th year at the beach! The Cardiff Kook is a controversial statue of a surfer that’s attracted a cult following over the years who love to dress him up in “kooky” outfits! Cardiff Beach is another beach where you can use your California Explorer State Park Pass, but the parking lot (and the beach) is on the smaller side, so you may have to resort to street parking on busy summer days.
Behind Cardiff State Beach are the San Elijo State Beach Campgrounds. This is a highly coveted camping park that sits right off the sand. You can tent camp or RV camp here and wake up to the sound of waves. If you want to camp here, be sure to reserve your spot ahead of time, as it usually books at full capacity! Spots are usually opened six months in advance. Pro tip: if you don’t get a spot, be sure to check back often, as you may be able to take advantage of a cancellation!
Courtney and I both agree Cardiff is a very traditional beach town. Most homes have full or peek ocean views! Residents in this community tend to be avid beachgoers and surfers. Although it is close to Encinitas and many other North County San Diego neighborhoods, Cardiff has a special, close-knit vibe that sets it apart.
Last on our list is Seaside Market! Seaside is well known among locals for its tri-tip, which is popularly referred to as “Cardiff Crack”, because it is just that good! Seaside Market is also known for its impressive desserts and pastries, fresh seafood, and delicious to-go sides you must try.
There are also lots of great restaurants in the area, including Pipes Café, Fish 101, Las Olas, and The Chart House just to name a few. And of course, we couldn’t do a neighborhood tour without stopping for a donut! In Cardiff, we love VG Donut, which has been in business since 1969, and is definitely worth a stop when you’re in the area! Aside from their outstanding donuts, they also sell cookies, pastries, and cake.
Are you loving the San Diego community of Cardiff by The Sea? If you’re interested in moving to Cardiff or another North County neighborhood, give me a call! Let’s chat about what neighborhood is right for you.