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Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a quaint coastal community rich in natural beauty and local pride. What started out as a run of the mill beach town has blossomed into a thriving hub in north county San Diego. Although it's home to great restaurants and fun laid back nightlife venues, what attracts people most to this area are the beaches. Cardiff State beach has a few of the best San Diego surf breaks around. Cardiff Reef and Suck-Outs on the north side of Cardiff State beach are the home breaks of professional local surfer, Rob Machado, and the favorite spot to many local surfers.
Cardiff State Beach is a great place to try out stand-up paddleboarding with easy access parking and the beautiful San Elijo Lagoon just around the corner. Seaside Beach is located at the south end of Cardiff Beach and it's home to great tide pools. You will see lots of happy locals wandering the pools at low-tide looking for starfish, sea cucumbers and other wonders of the San Diego tide-pool eco-system.
Although Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a more lowkey part of San Diego there are still a few great San Diego hotels to help visitors explore this area. Check in to the Holiday Inn Express Encinitas for a budget friendly stay in this gorgeous coastal community and take advantage of Cardiff State Beach. Right off Highway 101, this beautiful San Diego beach is convenient and easy to get to. Parking can be tough if you don't have a parking pass, but it's worth the small fee to spend the day at this pristine San Diego beach.