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Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a quaint seaside village of approximately 12,000 people located 25 miles north of San Diego and 95 miles south of Los Angeles. It is considered part of Encinitas, although the community maintains its' own separate identity. The Pacific Ocean to the west, a beach and lagoon to the south and the city of Encinitas to the north and east borders Cardiff. With two miles of gorgeous Pacific coastline and warm, sunny weather year round, Cardiff-by-the-Sea draws both professional and amateur surfers from all over Southern California. Cardiff Reef, which is located along beautiful Highway 101 at the mouth of the San Elijo Lagoon, has surf that consistently breaks both right and left, making it ideal for surfers anytime of the year. Cardiff-by-the-Sea also offers swimming, sunbathing, hiking, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, hang-gliding and nearby golf and tennis. The famous San Diego Zoo and Sea World are just a short 25- mile drive south, Lego Land is seven miles and Disneyland is just 65 miles away. Cardiff-by-the-Sea makes a unique coastal escape for those looking for a tranquil spot that is conveniently located near many of the other southern California hot spots. Or you can choose to stay right here and enjoy all the beauty and charm this small oceanside town has to offer.

Surrounding areas: Encinitas, California (1.5 mi), Solana Beach, California (2.1 mi), Del Mar, California (4.3 mi), Rancho Santa Fe, California (4.3 mi), Carlsbad, California (6.9 mi), Lake San Marcos, California (8.1 mi), La Jolla, California (12.4 mi)

Cardiff by the Sea Vacation Rentals

Cardiff by the Sea Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Cardiff By The Sea Lodge142 Chesterfield DrCardiff By Sea, CA (760) 944-6474
Comfort Inn Cardiff By The Sea1661 Villa Cardiff DrCardiff By Sea, CA (760) 944-0427
Econo Lodge410 N Hwy 101Encinitas, CA1.3 mi.(760) 436-4999
Leucadia Beach Motel1322 N Hwy 101Encinitas, CA1.3 mi.(760) 943-7461
Best Western Inn & Suites-encinitas85 Encinitas BlvdEncinitas, CA2.0 mi.(760) 942-7455
Days Inn - Encinitas133 Encinitas BlvdEncinitas, CA2.0 mi.(760) 944-0260
Courtyard By Marriott-Solana Beach717 South Hwy 101Solana Beach, CA2.3 mi.(858) 792-8200
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites621 S Hwy 101Solana Beach, CA2.3 mi.(858) 350-0111
Ramada Inn Solana Beach717 S Hwy 101Solana Beach, CA2.3 mi.(858) 792-8200
Del Mar Hilton North San Diego15575 Jimmy Durante BlvdDel Mar, CA3.3 mi.(858) 792-5200
Howerd Johnson Inn607 Leucadia BlvdEncinitas, CA3.3 mi.(760) 944-3800
Ocean Inn Hotel1444 N Coast Hwy 101Encinitas, CA3.8 mi.(760) 436-1988
L'auberge Del Mar Resort & Spa1540 Camino Del MarDel Mar, CA4.3 mi.(858) 259-1515
La Costa Resort And Spa2100 Costa Del Mar RdCarlsbad, CA4.7 mi.(619) 438-9111
Best Western Stratford Inn701 Camino Del MarDel Mar, CA5.0 mi.(858) 755-1501
Stratford Inn710 Camino Del MarDel Mar, CA5.0 mi.(858) 755-1501
Motel 6 #471750 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA6.0 mi.(619) 431-0745
Quality Inn & Suites715 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA6.0 mi.(760) 931-1185
Fairfield Inn Carlsbad760 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA6.1 mi.(760) 438-2828
Quality Inn & Suites Near Legoland760 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA6.1 mi.(760) 438-2828
Ramada Carlsbad751 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA6.1 mi.(760) 438-2285
Courtyard By Marriott Carlsbad5835 Owens AveCarlsbad, CA6.8 mi.(800) 321-2211
Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad6450 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA6.8 mi.(460) 476-0800
Doubletree Hotel Del Mar11915 El Camino RealSan Diego, CA7.2 mi.(858) 481-5900
Hampton Inn Del Mar11920 El Camino RealSan Diego, CA7.2 mi.(858) 792-5557
Holiday Inn-carlsbad By The Sea850 Palomar Airport RdCarlsbad, CA7.3 mi.(760) 438-7880
Surf Motel3136 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA7.3 mi.(760) 729-7961
The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel5805 Armada DrCarlsbad, CA7.4 mi.(760) 827-3200
Motel 6 #13516117 Paseo Del NorteCarlsbad, CA7.5 mi.(619) 438-1242
San Diego Marriott Del Mar1196 El Camino RealSan Diego, CA7.5 mi.(800) 228-9290
Residence Inn By Marriott Carlsbad2000 Faraday AveCarlsbad, CA7.7 mi.(800) 331-3131
Inns Of America Suites5010 Avenida EncinasCarlsbad, CA8.3 mi.(760) 929-8200
West Inn & Suites4970 Avenida EncinasCarlsbad, CA8.3 mi.(760) 448-4500
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines10950 N Torrey Pines RdLa Jolla, CA9.5 mi.(858) 558-1500
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa9700 N Torrey Pines RdLa Jolla, CA9.7 mi.(858) 550-1000
Super 8 Motel Carlsbad3700 Pio Pico DrCarlsbad, CA9.8 mi.(760) 720-0808
Courtyard By Marriott Mira Mesa La Jolla9650 Scranton RdSan Diego, CA9.8 mi.(619) 558-9600
Residence Inn Sorrento Mesa5995 Pacific Mesa CtSan Diego, CA9.8 mi.(858) 552-9100
Woodfin Suite Hotel10044 Pacific Mesa BlvdSan Diego, CA9.8 mi.(858) 597-0500
Staybridge Suites By Holiday Inn6639 Mira Mesa BlvdSan Diego, CA9.9 mi.(800) 238-8000
Bed & Breakfast
Coronado Victorian House Bed & Breakfast1000 Eighth StCoronado, CA23.8 mi.(619) 435-2200

Cardiff by the Sea Weather & Climate

Sunshine almost every day and winters that are mild and free of snow attract millions to the southern California coastline, between Los Angeles and San Diego, every year. The climate is mostly classified as Mediterranean with winters being just a few degrees cooler than summers. There is little to no rain from May through September or October, which is great for outdoors activities, but bad for fire danger. Fog and low clouds usually hug the coastline in the summertime in the late evening and the wee hours of the morning, but burns off by midday. The rainy season generally runs November through March or sometimes April. Thunderstorms are infrequent and light. As you move further inland away from the cooling effect of the ocean breezes, temperatures become warmer with more variation between summer and winter.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 68°F 42°F 3.37 in. 57°F
February 69°F 44°F 3.16 in. 57°F
March 70°F 46°F 3.30 in. 58°F
April 74°F 49°F 1.04 in. 60°F
May 77°F 54°F 0.27 in. 62°F
June 83°F 57°F 0.11 in. 64°F
July 88°F 61°F 0.07 in. 66°F
August 89°F 63°F 0.02 in. 69°F
September 86°F 61°F 0.22 in. 67°F
October 81°F 54°F 0.44 in. 63°F
November 73°F 46°F 1.32 in. 61°F
December 69°F 41°F 1.78 in. 59°F

Cardiff by the Sea Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Palm Springs International airport (PSP) located about 71 miles northeast of Cardiff by the Sea in Palm Springs, California, the Ontario International airport (ONT) located approximately 73 miles north of Cardiff by the Sea in Ontario, California, the San Bernardino International airport (SBD) located roughly 74 miles north of Cardiff by the Sea in San Bernardino, California, and finally the Long Beach airport (LGB) located around 74 miles northwest of Cardiff by the Sea in Long Beach, California.

Cardiff by the Sea Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbadCA10.2 mi.
Belmont ParkSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.
SeaWorld San DiegoSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA24.1 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA64.6 mi.
Adventure CityAnaheimCA67.1 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA67.1 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA67.1 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA71.5 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA71.6 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA75.0 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA77.3 mi.
Water Parks
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA44.6 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA69.9 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA71.5 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA71.6 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA80.8 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA119.3 mi.
Golf Courses
Encinitas Ranch Golf CourseEncinitasCA1.5 mi.
Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf CourseSolana BeachCA2.4 mi.
Rancho Carlsbad Country ClubCarlsbadCA6.9 mi.
Lake San Marcos Resort & Executive Golf CourseLake San MarcosCA8.1 mi.
Torrey Pines Municipal Golf CourseLa JollaCA8.5 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf CourseSan MarcosCA10.5 mi.
Castle Creek Country ClubEscondidoCA12.8 mi.
Meadow Lake Golf ClubEscondidoCA12.8 mi.
Reidy Creek Golf CourseEscondidoCA12.8 mi.
Vineyard at EscondidoEscondidoCA12.8 mi.
Emerald Isle Golf CourseOceansideCA13.2 mi.
Oceanside Center City Golf CourseOceansideCA13.3 mi.
Oceanside Golf CourseOceansideCA13.3 mi.
Maderas Golf ClubPowayCA14.9 mi.
Balboa Park Municipal Golf ClubSan DiegoCA18.4 mi.
Carmel Mountain Country ClubSan DiegoCA18.4 mi.
Eagle Crest Golf ClubSan DiegoCA18.4 mi.
Mission Bay Golf CourseSan DiegoCA18.4 mi.
Mission Trails Golf CourseSan DiegoCA18.4 mi.
Oaks North Golf CourseSan DiegoCA18.4 mi.
Tecolote Canyon Golf CourseSan DiegoCA18.4 mi.
Presidio Hills Golf CourseSan DiegoCA19.0 mi.
Woods Valley Golf ClubValley CenterCA19.2 mi.
Roseville Rolling Greens Golf CourseRosevilleCA21.1 mi.
Sun City Roseville Golf CourseRosevilleCA21.1 mi.
Woodcreek Golf ClubRosevilleCA21.1 mi.
Colina Park Golf CourseSan DiegoCA21.9 mi.
Sun Valley Golf CourseLa MesaCA23.1 mi.
Barona Creek Golf ClubLakesideCA23.9 mi.
Willowbrook Country ClubLakesideCA23.9 mi.
Ski Areas
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA82.4 mi.
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA94.7 mi.
State Parks
Palomar Mountain State ParkCA30.4 mi. 
Border Field State ParkCA34.6 mi. 
Museum of Making MusicCarlsbadCA10.2 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Antique Gas & Steam Engine MuseumVistaCA12.4 mi.(Technology)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA13.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA13.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
ICR Museum of Creation & Earth HistorySanteeCA21.7 mi.(Science)
San Diego Historical SocietySan DiegoCA22.4 mi.(History)
San Diego Maritime MuseumSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science CenterSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.(Science)
San Diego Natural History MuseumSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.(Science)
Firehouse MuseumSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.(Technology)
Mingei International MuseumSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.(Art)
Museum of Photographic ArtsSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.(Art)
San Diego Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.(Art)
Timken Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.(Art)
Computer Museum of AmericaLa MesaCA23.0 mi.(Technology)
Heritage of San Clemente & Visitor CenterSan ClementeCA34.0 mi.(History)
Beall Center for Art and TechnologyIrvineCA54.7 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Irvine MuseumIrvineCA54.7 mi.(Art)
Zoos and Aquariums
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA22.4 mi.
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA60.4 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA67.2 mi.
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA71.0 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA90.3 mi.

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