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Reviewed December 6, 2018

First time in Cardiff and walking along the cliff sidewalk was exhilarating. Always surfers to watch- great entertainment. Noted that camping was allowed right along the upper cliff. One could drive to the spots. If I was a camper Ithink it would be a parkI...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 601Fay
Reviewed November 29, 2018

Walked along the beach on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in wonderful weather. Shorts and t-shirts. Parking was easy that day.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank janhanbanana
Reviewed October 13, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
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

Date of experience: August 2018
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.

Date of experience: July 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
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.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank WanderingViking96
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

Date of experience: January 2018
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

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Poly_grr
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.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank david k
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