Cardiff State Beach

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BARRY E
16 contributions
Good parking and all the restaurants close by; Brigantine, The Kraken, KI's with dining room overlooking the ocean and very good delicious food catering to the Healthy eaters which I love
Written November 1, 2021
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iluv2eatntravel
San Diego, CA1,872 contributions
Family
This beautiful beach is a standard bearer for what a Southern Californian beach should be. Its also one place where we will take out-of-towners to make them jealous. It’s always priceless to watch their jaw dropping expressions just driving them on Highway 101 along the beach.
Whether it’s beach coming, surfing, swimming or just having a good time with the family, Cardiff State Beach pretty much caters to all these activities anytime of the day. Not to mention the breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and magnificent Southern Californian coastline. Also a great place to view beautiful sun sets. Restrooms are located at the north end of the beach.
Best place to park is free side street parking along Highway 101 next to the beach. Can get crowded during summer. There is also a parking lot managed by the state of CA on the north side of the beach which charges $15 per day as of this writing.
Written June 5, 2021
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pasowine
Paso Robles, CA5,371 contributions
Loved this beach park - on the winter day we visited, it was cool but sunny and not crowded at all. Just a wonderful walk along the beach - we must have gone 3 miles or so. So peaceful and quiet with great views. The occasional dogs enjoyed their outing as well. We had the State Park's pass which helps.
To me, this is a true gem of a place. Nice to spend time in a peaceful setting amidst the hustle bustle of the I-5 corridor in SoCal.
Written February 12, 2020
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invertpaleo
New York City, NY345 contributions
It is worth paying to park here, or maybe you have a state parks pass, and so can park for free?

It is so great to walk along the beach here for a mile or two or three or four, see the sea birds, and enjoy the sensation of the sand under your feet, and the song of the Pacific Ocean as it stretches out for thousands of miles to the west of you and the waves come rolling in to greet you.
Written October 6, 2019
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RavenneX
Denver, CO9 contributions
Family
Cardiff is such a cute lil sea side town. The beach is clean, with a small little tide pool to explore. Be sure to watch out for lifeguards' warnings, signs, flags, etc.
Written July 13, 2019
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Andy M
Chandler, AZ70 contributions
Beach has decent parking lot where you can buy an all day pass or pay by the hour. Good for surfing and for walking your dogs. Great Sunsets all down this coast. Take what you need with you for the day as it's a mile or two from restaurants etc..
Written March 21, 2019
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mummarocks2
Nashua, NH62 contributions
Family
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.
Written February 18, 2019
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lulagirl2016
Streamwood, IL205 contributions
Couples
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
Written February 16, 2019
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Rich G
Acton, MA2,571 contributions
Solo
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 (on a morning jog up the coast) I was greeted by several other joggers and even some surfers walking to their cars with their wet feet. Great place, must be amazing in the springtime.
Written February 9, 2019
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601Fay
Vancouver, Canada12 contributions
Couples
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 would want to visit.
Written December 6, 2018
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