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Cardiff-by-the-Sea Neighborhood Guide

Cardiff-by-the-Sea (named by its founder’s Welsh wife) is a neighborhood on the southern side of Encinitas. This community is famous for the its surfing breaks at the Reef and Swami’s, but it also provides plenty of other opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The San Elijo Lagoon forms Cardiff’s south border. You can learn all about this conservation area at the San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center, or hike the 3-mile trail San Elijo Lagoon Trail. The camping grounds at San Elijo State Beach are situated on the bluffs overlooking the ocean, and feature all the amenities – make sure you reserve a spot early if you want to go! This neighborhood also has plenty of parks and green spaces, with playgrounds for the children, tennis courts, playing fields, and barbecue areas.

Cardiff Towne Center, the main shopping district, is quite close to beach at San Elijo Avenue. Downtown Encinitas isn’t far if you can’t find what you need here, and San Diego is easily accessible via Interstate 5, which runs through the east side of Cardiff.

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Things to Do in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Cardiff State Beach


Old Highway 101
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

Eli Howard Surf School

Outdoor Activities

San Elijo State Beach
San Diego, CA 92023

Sal Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Nature & Wildlife Areas

2710 Manchester Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

Top Restaurants in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

2015 San Elijo Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
(760) 944-1599

2101 San Elijo Ave
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
(760) 230-2940

Pipes Cafe

American (Traditional)

121 Liverpool Dr
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007
(760) 632-0056

Cardiff-by-the-Sea Demographics


Population: 12,131
Median household income: $98,935
Median contract rent: $1,879
Median single family home price: $836,900
Median resident age: 39.7
Percentage of family households: 46.2%

Average estimated property values in 2015

Detached houses: $ 1,079,786
Townhouses or other attached units: $ 682,624
2-unit structures: $ 881,807
3-to-4-unit structures: $ 622,749
5-or-more-unit structures: $ 755,653
Mobile homes: $ 136,026

Population Breakdown:

  • Male: 48.9%
  • Female: 51.1%
  • African American: 0.5%
  • American Indian: 0.2%
  • Asian: 5.1%
  • Caucasian: 89.0%
  • Mixed race: 2.4%
  • Native Hawaiian: 0.1%
  • Other race: 2.6%

Schools in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Ada W. Harris Elementary School

Grades 3-6

1508 Windsor Road
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

Cardiff Elementary School

Grades K-3

1888 Montgomery Avenue
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007

Village Gate Children's Academy

Grades K-8

1613 Lake Drive
Cardiff By The Sea, CA 92007