Fodor's Expert Review Cardiff State Beach

Cardiff-by-the-Sea Beach

A reef break draws surfers to this beach, popularly known as George's, and there are great cafés and restaurants nearby, such as Las Olas and Ki's. Stones run along the highway but then give way to a nice swath of sand. A walk south provides access to some of Solana Beach's secluded coves. Pay attention to the incoming tide, or you may have to wade or swim back to the parking lot. The beach begins at the parking lot immediately north of the cliffs at Solana Beach. Your best bet for a nearby coastal hotel is Cardiff by the Sea Lodge. Amenities: lifeguards, parking (fee), showers, toilets. Best for: surfing, swimming.


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Hwy. 101 (Rte. S21)
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California  92007, USA


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Rate Includes: $10 per vehicle; $15 peak weekends/holidays

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