from just a day in the sun to catching some great waves…

Seaside Beach

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. 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.

★★★★ Beautiful, clean beach in north county San Diego.  Had a wonderful afternoon here taking fun photos with friends and walking along by the water.  Also a great spot to catch some spectacular sunset views.  Camp up above on the cliffs and wake up to the sound of the rolling tide. -Catherine C.

More Info2504 S Coast Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075

George’s Beach

A popular spot, located just south from the San Elijo Lagoon river mouth, also known as ‘Restaurant Row’ as restaurants, like the Chart House and the Beach House, are located right above the beach on Highway 101.

★★★★★ I love this place and will definitely back here to surf. With the waves breaking so far off shore it’s a dream for a longboarder and I could probably easily spend an entire day here. -Srinivas R.

South of the San Elijo Lagoon river mouth | 2504 S Coast Highway 101 Solana Beach, CA 92075

Cardiff State Beach

Located on the San Diego Coast, which has been called the Riviera of the West, Cardiff State Beach has a gently sloping sandy beach with warm water. The site offers swimming, surfing and beachcombing.

★★★★★ We took our dogs down here, parked at one end and walked to the other and back.  It was so nice and refreshing to enjoy a real beach with real swimmers,  surfers, families having pot lucks, etc, and be able to walk around in the shore with all of our dogs. -Jodi M.

More Info2488 S Coast Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075

Cardiff Reef

A pleasant little beach park and surf spot on the south end of the campground where the cliffs end.

★★★★★ This is such a mellow beach. Such a great place to camp, swim, surf and play. The reef break is sweet and shows up pretty well. -Aj B.

Beach & Surf spot at South End of Campgrounds | 2050 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007

San Elijo

Located on the San Diego Coast, San Elijo State Beach is located in front of the campground is great for families and offers swimming, surfing, showers and picnicking. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers.

★★★★★ The glorious weather lends San Elijo to numerous activities including surfing, bike riding, running, climbing stairs, beach walks, skim boarding, boogie boarding, sun tanning, body surfing, SUP, beach yoga, building sandcastles, and even whale watching from your camp site. Whatever floats your boat, you can’t go wrong. -Vicki C.

More Info | Infront of San Elijo Campgrounds | 2050 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007


Pipes is a fun peaky surf break north of the campground, popular with swimmers, sunbathers and surfers alike.

★★★★★ Whether you surf, run, bike, or just want a chillaxin stroll or picnic along the sand, this place ROCKS and was one of the first places I began surfing regularly since moving to N. County from UTC almost a decade ago. Before moving, I asked a few of my bros where to surf up there and they were all like, “Pipes, Pipes, Pipes…”- Richard T.

Surf Break North of Campgrounds | 2050 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA 92007