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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was totally amazed at how clean the beach was....plus, it was dog friendly at this time of year which I LOVED!!! The people we met along the way were friendly as well....it was a lovely experience.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mummarocks2
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Items that you should add to the list to do if you are visiting California amazing amazing amazing views that family and friends and kids can enjoy I give this a five star rating

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank lulagirl2016
Reviewed February 9, 2019

The backdrop of the pacific makes this location in SoCal just amazing. While February temps may be too cool for sunbathing and swimming, it doesn't stop the surfers, even as early as 7am, with their wet suits and morning routines like clockwork. When I visited...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Rich G
Reviewed December 6, 2018

First time in Cardiff and walking along the cliff sidewalk was exhilarating. Always surfers to watch- great entertainment. Noted that camping was allowed right along the upper cliff. One could drive to the spots. If I was a camper Ithink it would be a parkI...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 601Fay
Reviewed November 29, 2018

Walked along the beach on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in wonderful weather. Shorts and t-shirts. Parking was easy that day.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank janhanbanana
Reviewed October 13, 2018

This is currently a huge beach -- there is more sand right now on this beach than there has been since 1970. It is great to walk along here at low tide on the wet sand flats. Terrific views, as it is mostly just sea...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank invertpaleo
Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

On the recommendation of a local we visited here a few times and were not disappointed Don’t be put of by the old highway or the train line, you cant here them over the terrific surf. The beach here dips away gently so is better...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Dr3w66
Reviewed July 13, 2018

Beautiful beach, clean and lots of friendly lifeguards. Lots of families and children so the lifeguards were extra busy warning about strong currents. Lots of dogs too, so we will definately be back.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LauLeePop3545
Reviewed June 1, 2018

Cardiff state beach is one of our favorite places in SD! We go here to photograph engagement sessions and adventurous families because the sunset is so lovely and parking is steps from the great photo spots!! (convenient for elders) Make sure to go during low...More

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Stephen K
Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Out of all of the fantastic beaches in SD, this one ranks as one of the high average ones. How can you go wrong with any beach.

Date of experience: April 2018
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