San Diego State beaches are part of the California State Beaches, designated as such by the California Department of Parks and Recreations. The Cardiff-by-the-Sea area is blessed with beautiful world-renowned sandy beaches and surfing spots.
Cardiff State Beach is a protected beach, located on the San Diego Coast also called the Riviera of the West. Cardiff State Beach is a beautiful sandy strip along the west side of the San Elijo Lagoon. It is a perfect place for surfing, swimming, and beachcombing.
North Beach at Cardiff State Beach is a day-use facility, located at the entrance of the San Elijo Lagoon. If you wish to camp overnight, you can do it at the San Elijo State Beach Campground, right across the lagoon channel. The parking lot at North Beach is quite small, so, try to get there early to find a parking spot.
Seaside Beach is located at the border between Solana Beach and the Cardiff-by-the-Sea area. You'll find a parking lot at Seaside Beach on Highway 101, north of Solana Beach. If you are a surfer you'll enjoy the waves that break over the Seaside Reef. When the tide allows you can walk south on the sand to the beach at Tide Park Beach.
San Elijo State Beach is a long sandy beach that takes up most of the oceanfront land of Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Swimming here can be dangerous due to the rip currents, so, be careful and learn what to do if you get caught in one. San Elijo State Beach is one of the most popular beaches among surfers.
Swami's Beach is maintained by the Encinitas Parks and Recreation Department and can be reached through the small "Swami" park which has bathrooms, benches, picnic tables and a small parking lot. Swami's Beach is one of the most popular surfing spots in the U.S., it can be quite crowded.