Why This Beach Is One of the Best
Cardiff State Beach offers so much for all different types of beachgoers. There's almost something for everyone at this versatile beach.
Surfing at Cardiff Reef
One of the top attractions of the area is its surfing at the northern end of the beach, Cardiff Reef. The waves here are appropriate for surfers of all abilities, and the surfing conditions are good all year long.
There are two breaks on the two rocky reefs underwater. The bottom is flat rocks with sand. Swells come from the northwest with the wind blowing in from the east.
Waves typically start at about knee high and can swell up to almost head and half high plus waves for amazing surfing. Weekends at the beach can get crowded with surfers, but weekdays are usually calmer with fewer people.
Want to Paddel Board?
"North Beach at Cardiff is a great place to paddle board, whether you are a newbie or a seasoned veteran. "
Another reason to love this beach is that it's an excellent choice for people with limited mobility. Beach wheelchairs are available for disabled guests to use. Additionally, there is a smooth mobi mat on the beach for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility to get out to the sand.
Tide Pools at Low Tide
Next, visitors to the beach shouldn't miss the opportunity to see a tide pool up close. During low tide, the reef is visible, with vibrant tide pools to explore and discover. Visitors may see starfish, hermit crabs, sea anemones and even prehistoric clam fossils here.
Snorkeling or Scuba Diving
There are also opportunities here for shore diving and snorkeling from the beach. Since the reef is close to the shore, scuba divers and snorkelers can swim about 400 yards out to experience some of the underwater sights.
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge is located less than one mile from North Beach at Cardiff this 17-room cute boutique hotel is a great place to relax after exploring the area.