Seaside Beach at Cardiff State Beach is a surfing and beach lover's mecca in the northern part of the San Diego area. It is located in Cardiff by the Sea just next to Encinitas and is a classic example of the Southern California beach culture that so many people are looking to experience.
It's a great place to take leashed dogs for a walk, watch surfers of all ages and abilities navigate the conditions, find beach treasures like polished stones or take a relaxing walk with the sound of the waves in the background.
Seaside Beach at Cardiff State Beach is managed by the California State Parks system. Most people pay for a parking pass at the nearby lot to get to the beach since it's located off of a highway. Seaside Beach is situated at the south end of Cardiff State Beach.
Since it's a state park, the beach is only open from sunrise to sunset and closed at night. This protected beach features a vast, wide length of sand before gently sloping down into the water. The scenery is gorgeous, with bluffs surrounding the beach and slim palm trees dotting the sandy horizon.
Facilities include restrooms and a lifeguard station, which is operated during the busier times of the year. There is also a scenic seawall trail that visitors can walk along throughout the year for a quiet and peaceful experience in front of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean.