Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the southernmost part of Encinitas, is a small beach community with numerous surf spots and beautiful beaches.
The Cardiff coastline extends from Solana Beach to Swami’s Point in Encinitas and is home to the San Elijo State Beach campground, which is arguably one of the best oceanfront camping areas in the country. www.parks.ca.gov.
On the eastern side of town is the San Elijo Lagoon, a state wildlife preserve and bird sanctuary that attracts more than 300 species annually and is an inspiring place to walk or run. www.sanelijo.org.
Many of the homes in Cardiff offer stunning ocean views, since the geology slopes upward from the sea, maximizing access to the sightline and cooling breezes of the coast. Some of the most desirable properties in Cardiff boast views of both the ocean and the lagoon. While most Cardiff properties are single-family detached dwellings, there are also a number of twin homes, condominiums, and townhomes.