California

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas

 

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas

 

surfers

 

 

Boasting pristine beaches, an oceanfront campground, and a devout local surfing community, Cardiff starts at the river mouth, flanked by San Elijo State Beach and Cardiff State Beach, and extends north to Swami’s Point in Encinitas.

This stretch of coastline offers wide open sandy beaches, gorgeous cliffs and great surfing.  At extreme low tide, the reef reveals itself with intriguing tide pools, where plants and sea creatures can be observed up close.  Cardiff is also home to the Cardiff Kook – a surfer statue which has been much criticized as a parody of California’s iconic sport.