Cardiff-by-the-Sea, founded about 1911, is a shoreline community within Encinitas, a city of over 60,000 people lying
about 25 miles north of San Diego and 95 miles south of Los Angeles.
The moderate climate, two miles of Pacific coastline, and world-class surf draw professional and amateur surfers from all over Southern California and beyond.
One hotspot is at Cardiff Reef, located alongside Historic Highway 101 at the mouth of the San Elijo Lagoon.
Surf at the reef consistently breaks both right and left, making it ideal for all surfers year-round.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is also home to the robmachadosurfclassic.com .
This annual Amateur Surf Contest & Beach Fair is named after Cardiff's Favorite son, pro surfer Rob
Known for its charm, Cardiff retains its small village hospitality and welcomes visitors.
Cardiff has warm sunny days and cool evenings that prevail throughout the year.
There is an endless list of recreational opportunities here.
You can enjoy swimming,
hiking, jogging, boating, tennis, fishing, hang gliding, bicycling, or nearby golfing in this ideal setting.
Naturalists enjoy visiting the San Elijo Lagoon, a state wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary that attracts some 300 species annually.
Cardiff-by-the-Sea is only five minutes from the famous Del Mar Race Track,
and 25 minutes from the well known San Diego Wild Animal Park where you can see the sprawling 2,100 acre wild life sanctuary by monorail.
Drive 15 minutes south on nearby Interstate 5 and you will find yourself in the heart of San Diego with its Seaport
Village, Horton Plaza Shopping Center, and Sea World.
Don't miss the fabulous Balboa Park with its many outstanding
art museums, gardens, areospace and flight museums, and the world famous San Diego Zoo, all within this spacious park.