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San Elijo State Beach

2050 South Highway 101
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California 92007

© 2002-2005 Kenneth & Gabrielle Adelman, California Coastal Records Project
An aerial view of San Elijo State Beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. The San Elijo State Beach Campground sits just west of Highway 101 (Pacific Coast Highway) runs parallel to the beach. Shallow reefs begin in shallow water just south of the lifeguard tower in the center of the picture.

© 2005
The path leading down the south side of San Eljio Campground to San Elijo State Beach

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San Elijo State Beach lifeguard tower

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The south end of San Eljio Campground

Cardiff is better known for good surf than good diving, but there are good reef systems and thick kelp patties that offer divers some great opportunities when the waves are calm. Typically the diving is best here at the beginning and end of the summer season.

History of San Elijo State Beach
The abundance of kelp in this area was discovered early on; according to the Cardiff Chamber of Commerce, the first industry established in Cardiff-by-the-Sea was a kelp works, built in 1912.

General Considerations
There is often high surf in this area.

Showers and public restrooms are located on the South end of the campground at San Elijo State Beach.

Parking is available along the West side of Highway 101.

For reservations at the campground, please call 800-444-7275.

What's Nearby
Pipes Cafe
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
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