Cardiff by the Sea

One of the great things about Cardiff is the Village feel you get when you walk around the shopping area.

Welcome to Cardiff by the Sea

A seaside paradise for young families

This sunny beach town is located on the southern edge of Encinitas, and its vibrant personality is attractive to anyone craving slow-paced living on the stunning Pacific coast. Whether you prefer to snorkel and dive at Cardiff Reef or comb the sandy beaches for shells, it’s easy to spend a day in the sun at Cardiff by the Sea when it averages only 39 days of precipitation a year. Single-family homes in the neighborhood are often spacious and airy, with outdoor entertainment areas to make the most of the seaside location. Additionally, this neighborhood is conveniently situated only 25 miles north of San Diego, so it’s a quick drive into the urban epicenter if you’re looking for a night on the town or a weekend getaway.

What to Love

  • Active community members
  • Outdoorsy appeal for athletes
  • Beach view properties with stunning sunsets
  • Family-friendly atmosphere
  • Foodie-favorite restaurant

People & Lifestyle

Cardiff by the Sea’s coastline is unmatched in beauty. The incredible beaches found here contribute largely to the style of life you’ll find on this stretch of the Pacific coast, whether it’s surfing at Swami’s or grabbing lunch alfresco under the sun. This tight-knit town exudes a small-town feel that is ideal for families hoping to establish themselves within a community.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Cardiff by the Sea has no shortage of charming diners and eateries to find a bite to eat. Cicciotti's Trattoria Italiana & Seafood drips with SoCal charisma, blending scrumptious Italian cuisine with a coastal flair. Whether you are seated in their sun-soaked dining room or at the cozy bar, you’ll enjoy carefully plated dishes that epitomize Cardiff by the Sea’s laid back sophistication. As its name suggests, Pacific Coast Grill is serving up breathtaking oceanfront views alongside sushi and seafood. This swanky bistro boasts a relaxed aura, but the elevated dishes spare no expense. For fine dining, Chart House is a high-end seafood restaurant that is an established local favorite. Enjoy seaside vistas and immaculately plated delicacies any time you dine at Chart House. 

The upscale Cardiff Seaside Market is well-stocked with fresh produce, natural and organic items, and a hot bar for take-home meals or dining outside on their patio. When you shop at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Thrift Shop, your purchases directly benefit the humane society’s efforts to rehome abandoned animals. Gently used clothes, tools, and jewelry can also be donated to the thrift store to bolster operations and give back to the community.

Things to Do

At Cardiff by the Sea, you’ll take advantage of the slower pace of life by getting outside in the year-round sunshine. Beaches here are rarely crowded, making it simple to escape to the shore for an afternoon. For an immersive outdoor experience, head to San Elijo Campground, where they have over 100 tent and RV campsites and two beach access points. Fully equipped with showers, picnic tables, and a camp store to provide visitors with the most common camping needs, you will always cherish the memories made at the bluff-backed stretch of beach found at San Elijo Campground. On the north side of the campground, Pipes is a popular surf break with whitecap waves that is equally as frequented by swimmers and sunbathers as surfers. 

The annual Dog Days of Summer event is a haven for dog-lovers to peruse a myriad of vendors, rescue groups, pet adoption agencies, and more. The world’s largest surf demo, Camp Shred, is a two-day event that connects surfers and their favorite brands while celebrating the sport.

Schools

When it comes to schooling, Cardiff by the Sea offers a one-of-a-kind seaside educational experience. With small class sizes and a personalized learning environment, students are given the tools of success. The public schools available in Cardiff by the Sea are highly acclaimed and include: 

  • Ada W. Harris Elementary School, 3-6
  • Cardiff Elementary Schools, K-3

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