Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a classic southern California beach town that boasts a moderate climate, breathtaking views, two miles of Pacific coastline, a 900-acre ecological reserve, world-class surfing and caring residents who take pride in their community.

Locals and tourists alike enjoy this charming, beautiful, friendly beach town with quaint shops, delicious cuisine, an arts community, yoga studios, ocean sports, parks, a walkable downtown area complete with a linear organic community park and plenty of biking opportunities. Cardiff-by-the-Sea thrives year-round and itโ€™s not unusual to find people sunbathing on the beach in January.

Check out our NEW Business Directory! 

Click to discover Cardiff's culinary delights!

Our Dining Guide is now available in a print version!

We are always looking for more volunteers for our events and would love to hear your input! Get in touch with us at


The Cardiff 101 Main Street's mission is to enhance the well-being of our community and sustain Cardiff-by-the-Sea as a desirable place to live, work, shop and play.  Cardiff 101 works with local residents, businesses and government to promote Cardiff's economic vitality, historic preservation, beautification and safety.

Check out Alliance Wake's video edit of our very own 6th Annual Taste of Cardiff!

Big Thanks to Brennan Perry for making this amazing time-lapse video of the Taste! He managed to capture the moments usually missed by the naked eye!

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