Whether you’re a local resident or visitor, here are five things you might not know about Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA!
Insider Tip #1: Surf Breaks
Cardiff is home to some of the best surfing in San Diego. It all starts at a seaside reef and ends at Swamis, with a bunch of fun waves in between. Cardiff Reef, which at times can be the most crowded spot in North County, can offer fun longboard waves during the summer and shortboard waves during the winter.
Cardiff reef on its better days offers up fun left and right. North of Cardiff Reef, there are plenty of other nice reef breaks. During a solid winter swell many of these reef breaks will come alive and offer fun waves up and down the beach.
Insider Tip #2: Acai Bowl and a Slice
Cardiff has plenty of great local eateries like Seaside Market and V.G. Donuts. But many locals love to grab an acai bowl and a slice! The Sambazon Acai Cafe and East Coast Pizza are located close together and weirdly, complement each other. Many people order a small, refreshing acai bowl from the Sambazon with a slice of mouth-watering pizza from East Coast Pizza.
If you’re new to an Acai Bowl, it consists of blended acai berries with an assortment of granola and fruit on top. One of the most popular acai bowls to order at Sambazon is the Burnquist Bowl which includes strawberries, blueberries, acai packs, and granola. When it comes to East Coast Pizza, local favorites include the spicy chicken and the pesto pizzas.
Insider Tip #3: San Elijo State Campground
If you love camping and you love the beach, then San Elijo campground is for you. The 171 available campsites along the cliffs are open year around. You will have to reserve one of these great campsites months in advance, but let’s just say it’s worth it, as San Elijo offers stunning views of the north county coast as well as beach access.
Located on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), San Elijo is walking distance to many restaurants and a shopping center. Whether spending one day or one week there, it’s nice to kick back and fall asleep to the sound of waves crashing on the shore.
Insider Tip #4: Patagonia Shop
Patagonia just might be the coolest and most unique surf shop in southern California. Patagonia is an action sports company who makes environmentally-friendly clothes. They offer everything from men’s and women’s outdoor apparel to surfboards and wetsuits. The shop has a very warm and welcoming feel, with employees who truly care about their customers.
Besides selling clothes and surfboards, they often will donate money to local environmental groups around San Diego to help support environmental projects. The Patagonia shop also hosts action sports movie premieres behind their shop where local San Diegans can get together to enjoy a movie.
Insider Tip #5: Cardiff Kook
Originally built in 2007, this statue was meant to represent what a surfer looks like when they stand up and catch their first wave. But many have come to call this statue the “Cardiff Kook” due to its awkward style and surfboard length, which is not appropriate for a first-time surfer.
On any given day when driving on the PCH, one is able to witness this statue dressed up as a Chargers football player for Sundays games or even Santa Claus during the holidays. The local Cardiff community has come to accept this statue by using it for their own fun and enjoyment. One rarely sees the Cardiff Kook not dressed up in one way or another.
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