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. For more information visit their website

  • Visitor Information
    Known for its charm, Cardiff-by-the-Sea retains its small village hospitality and welcomes visitors. Located 25 miles north of San Diego, Cardiff-by-the-Sea has warm sunny days and cool evenings which prevail throughout the year. Afternoon ocean breezes keep the temperature pleasant along the 2.6 miles of pristine ocean beaches.
  • City Services
    Water: 760.633.2650
    Building: 760.633.2730
    Sanitation: 760.633.2780
    Community Development: 760.633.2710
    Community Services: 760.633.2740
    Fire Prevention: 760.633.2820
    Life Guard Services: 760.633.2748
    Police/Sheriffs Dept.: 760.966.3500
    Paramedics / Ambulance: 760.753.9717
    Emergency: 911
  • San Diego
    Drive 30 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, Sea World and the Historic Gaslamp Quarter. Don’t miss the fabulous Balboa Park with its many outstanding art museums, gardens, aerospace and flight museums, and the world famous San Diego Zoo, all within this spacious park. Whether you enjoy the contentment the ocean offers or the excitement of the attractions in nearby San Diego, your dream vacation comes true in Cardiff-by-the-Sea!