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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is currently a huge beach -- there is more sand right now on this beach than there has been since 1970. It is great to walk along here at low tide on the wet sand flats. Terrific views, as it is mostly just sea...More

Thank invertpaleo
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

On the recommendation of a local we visited here a few times and were not disappointed Don’t be put of by the old highway or the train line, you cant here them over the terrific surf. The beach here dips away gently so is better...More

1  Thank Dr3w66
Reviewed July 13, 2018

Beautiful beach, clean and lots of friendly lifeguards. Lots of families and children so the lifeguards were extra busy warning about strong currents. Lots of dogs too, so we will definately be back.

Thank LauLeePop3545
Reviewed June 1, 2018

Cardiff state beach is one of our favorite places in SD! We go here to photograph engagement sessions and adventurous families because the sunset is so lovely and parking is steps from the great photo spots!! (convenient for elders) Make sure to go during low...More

1  Thank Stephen K
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Out of all of the fantastic beaches in SD, this one ranks as one of the high average ones. How can you go wrong with any beach.

Thank ExploringViking96
Reviewed February 7, 2018

The sand is coarse dark gray with black streaks of mica black sparkles running through and up and down the sand. There are very heavy gravel/sea stone deposits everywhere. In our travels (and living) in California, this beach did not measure up to others. It...More

1  Thank on_the_go_98765
Reviewed December 14, 2017 via mobile

We had an enjoyable morning at Cardiff State Beach! There is a small river that meets the ocean and become a lagoon (kind of), really nice for the kids! There is a paid parking lot, but you can park on the road before the bridge...More

1  Thank Poly_Rafa
Reviewed October 4, 2017

Just enjoy the sound of the ocean waves, the water on your feet and friendly people walking the beach just, like, you. Surrounded by great eating places and a cool wind.

Thank david k
Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

This beach is great for families and surfers. Frequented by wind surfers in the winter; paddle boarders and surfers in the summer. Great family beach. Adjacent to San Elijo State Park campground.

Thank sandyaqh
Reviewed September 28, 2017

We rented some body boards at a place up the road and had a great time with the kids. The slope into the water was gentle for the young ones, and the waves were just right. We had a blast here. Parking was $10 if...More

Thank Paul G
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