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About Cardiff State Beach – Seaside Beach in Solana Beach, California

Seaside Beach is a sandy beach in Cardiff State Beach at the border between Solana Beach and the Cardiff-by-the-Sea area of Encinitas, CA. Cardiff State Beach is the long sandy strip along the west side of San Elijo Lagoon a large wetlands and ecological reserve. If you want to see the lagoon they have a visitor center on Manchester Avenue nearby. The parking lot at Seaside Beach is on Highway 101 just north of the city of Solana Beach. Highway 101 is between Cardiff State Beach and the lagoon for the entire length of the park. Surfers enjoy the waves that break over the reef known as Seaside Reef, Cardiff Reef, or Tabletops. Seaside Beach itself is narrow especially at high tide. When the tide allows you can walk south on the sand to the beach at Tide Beach Park below the high bluffs of Solana Beach. Rip currents exist so be careful where you swim while at Cardiff State Beach. There are many restaurant options just up the highway behind the North Beach of Cardiff State Beach.

2504 S Coast Highway 101
Solana Beach, CA 92075
Park Name
Cardiff State Beach
Other Names
Seaside Reef, Tabletops, Cardiff Reef
State Park
Pet Details
Dogs allowed on leash
Fee for parking
Surfing, Kiteboarding, Sunbathing, Snorkeling, Scuba Diving, Beach Walking
Lifeguard, Restrooms, Showers
Map of Cardiff State Beach – Seaside Beach
Solana Beach, US
9:47 pm, May 21, 2024
temperature icon 59°F
L: 57° H: 62°
Feels like 58.32 °F overcast clouds
Wind gusts: 2 m/s
UV Index: 0
Precipitation: 0 inch
Visibility: 10 km
Sunrise: 5:45 am
Sunset: 7:45 pm
Humidity 83 %
Pressure1016 mb
Wind 2 m/s

Nearby Beaches

Tide Beach Park

0.3 miles away

Tide Beach Park is the north beach of Solana Beach, California. Make your way down a long set of...

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