Small beach town with world renowned surf spots and an active, outdoorsy community.


Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a popular beach haven with beautiful sandy beaches, striking cliffs and great surfing. Add charming shops, wonderful cuisine and a vibrant arts section to the mix and you have the perfect place to call home.

Known locally as “Cardiff”, this sought-after area features two miles of Pacific coastline and a relaxing beach town atmosphere. Home to the Lux Art Institute as well as the lush gardens of the Self Realization Center, Cardiff is on the border between Encinitas and Solana Beach and just steps from the ocean. Several local beaches, including Cardiff State Beach, San Elijo (with scenic bluff campsites), Pipes, Cardiff Reef, and internationally-known Swamis never disappoint.

Cardiff hosts a variety of annual events, including the Cardiff Kook Run, which is a 5k and 10K event where competitors run along picturesque coastline. The Taste of Cardiff is held in May and provides local eats, sip stops and live music. Other town festivals include the Dog Days of Summer event, the Cardiff Surf Classic and Green Beach Fair and the Kringle Mingle, a community-sponsored holiday event in December.

With many excellent residential neighborhoods in Cardiff, such as the Composer and Walking District located on the ocean side along the I-5 freeway, residents are never far from all the amenities this one of a kind beach town offers. For more information on the community, please visit

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