Though small in land size, Cardiff by the Sea is a treasure. What can you do at Cardiff State Beach besides this unusual sport? You can surf, swim, picnic, walk and walk a pet. Located on the San Diego Coast next to the Pacific Ocean, Cardiff State Beach has a gently sloping sandy beach with warm water. The site offers swimming, surfing and beachcombing.
Although narrow and rocky in many spots, Cardiff SB is extremely popular. One reason is that you can see the ocean from Old Highway 101 as you pass by. You can't help but want to stop to enjoy the sunny, San Diego County weather. There are no facilities at this beach, though if you dine next door at several great beach restaurants such as Beach House, you're on your way to a pleasurable afternoon or evening in the sunshine.
Pets are allowed at the beach on leash.