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Cardiff State Beach, Encinitas

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#5 of 12 in Outdoors in Encinitas
Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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Cardiff State Beach is a protected beach in the state park system of California, United States, located near San Diego. Popular activities include swimming, surfing, and beachcombing.

Just next to Cardiff State Beach is a San Elijo State Beach, which has a state-run campground. The 507-acre (205 ha) park was established in 1949.
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  • 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 
    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  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • Cardiff State Beach is very clean. You do have to pay for parking. The beach is perfect for walking and people do surf the waves here. I did see people walking with there dogs. It was a pretty busy beach.
  • Fantastic beach in the area that I definitely recommend checking out. Will not be disappointed!

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