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Aerial view of Cardiff State Beach
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Aerial view of Cardiff State Beach
Description - Cardiff State Beach is located slightly north of San Diego between Cardiff By the Sea and Solana Beach. It is a gently sloping sandy beach with warm water. The facilities include a boardwalk, restrooms and cold showers.

Attractions - Located on the San Diego Coast, which has been called the Riviera of the West, Cardiff State Beach has a gently sloping sandy beach and warm water. The park lies within a two-mile stretch of state beaches between Solana Cliffs and a series of tidepools to the north. The facilities include a boardwalk, restrooms and cold showers.

Recreation - This park is open for fishing, swimming, surfing, biking and boating. Beach combing is also a popular activity at Cardiff Beach. Lifeguards are normally on duty and visitors will be charged a day use fee to enter.

Climate - A warm, dry Mediterranean climate prevails over Southern California - inland it is hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Coastal areas have a more moderate climate with frequent fog in the summer. Most of the precipitation comes as rain during the winter months.

Location - The beach is located slightly north of San Diego between Cardiff By the Sea and Solana Beach on California State Highway 21.

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Filed By: Hall (San Marcos, CA)
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: This is a great day beach for a picnic and tidepooling. Check the tide schedule before you head over to make use of the low tide peak.

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Contact Information:
San Diego Coast District Headquarters, 9609 Waples Street, Suite 200 , San Diego, CA, 92121, Phone: 619-642-4200, Fax: 619-642-4222

Additional Information:
California Beaches -
San Diego County State Parks and Beaches - The sandstone bluffs, gentle surf, and wide, sandy beaches of San Diego County offer great recreation to all visitors. The region features three state parks, seven state beaches, two state historic parks, and one state reserve.

California State Parks - Official agency website.


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