Welcome to Cardiff By The Sea

This laid-back beach town sits 25 miles north of downtown San Diego and is actually a community within the city of Encinitas. Central shopping and restaurants allow this town to have easy access to entertainment and family-friendly sites. With great waves, it's no surprise that this town is a sufers heaven.

Key Details


beach, restaurants, shopping, camping, trails, family friendly


Commute Times
San Diego Airport 39m by car
Oceanside 20m by car
Orange County 1h 44m by car
East to West Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe to the East. Pacific Ocean to the west.
North to South Encinitas and Leucadia to the north. Solana Beach to the south.
Nearby Neighborhoods Encinitas, Olivenhain, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach, Del Mar

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Cardiff by the sea
Here, the best of beach life and a friendly town feel come in one package.

Named after Welsh capital, a string of stunning beaches and small-town perfection. When Coast Highway 101 is your Main Street and the beach is your front porch, community dreams don’t get much better than this.

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What to expect:
Friendly, laid back vibes in an upscale environment.

Laid back lifestyle and beach culture are the way of life in Cardiff By The Sea. Due to it's location in North County, it has close access to the freeway which makes it easy to commute to the larger parts of the city and even up to Orange County and Los Angeles. At the heart of Cardiff is the town square with Cardiff Seaside Market and nearby VG Donut & Bakery, long time staples of the town where you'll run into friends and family alike.

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The lifestyle:
A vibrant downtown and friendly neighbors everywhere define Cardiff's irresistible charm.

A walkable city center with great restaurants, bars and shops that will satisfy any palate, while Cardiff's beaches are great for family adventures and amazing sunset picnics.

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Unexpected appeal:
Lovers of the outdoors swoon at the ease of getting outside in nature and breathing the fresh air right in their own backyard.

Cardiff By The Sea has some great walking trails in the nature preserve of San Elijo Lagoon. Additionally, the newer rail trail allows walkers and bikers alike to travel most of the town safely while taking in views of the coast and hills to the east.

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The market:
Cardiff By The Sea has options to choose from, whether you’re searching for the perfect condo, single-family home or tucked-away high-end homes.

Cardiff By The Sea offers homes that vary in scale and feel. Due to the diverse areas of the area from the Composer District to the Walking District, homes can offer large yards with ocean views to smaller, original homes from the 1950s and 60s. For those looking for something closer to the center of the town, there are condos and apartments that make walkablility to shops and beach much easier. A Median home prices, above $1.4 million makes it similar in pricing as other coastal areas.

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You'll fall in love with:
The neighbors and the little-town feel will make you never need to leave.

Perfect for young professionals, families looking to put down roots and nature lovers, Cardiff By The Sea is the kind of place where neighbors smile as they pass you on the street and welcome you to town with baked goods. San Diego is just a short drive or train ride away, which makes traveling down to the city easy, whether it's visiting the zoo or attending a Padres game.

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