Welcome to Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Embracing serenity, where the ocean whispers to your soul
Embrace the tranquility and serenity of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a jewel nestled in California's coastline in Encinitas. Here, the gentle melody of the waves sets the rhythm of life in a community exuding an aura of harmony and leisure. This petite haven fosters an air of intimacy among its residents, weaving bonds that transcend mere neighborhood acquaintances. Lulled by the ocean's embrace, this coastal utopia offers a lifestyle where laidback meets luxurious.
Feel the gentle caress of the sea breeze as you walk through narrow lanes lined with delightful, highly customized residences. Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a place where rarity and elegance intermingle with the unassuming charm of a close-knit, small-town setting. Luxuriate in the ethereal beauty that surrounds you and discover the epitome of peace.

What to Love

  • Exceptional real estate opportunities 
  • Close-knit atmosphere
  • Highly individualized, luxurious homes
  • Gorgeous ocean views and surf amplify the majestic lifestyle
  • Close proximity to Encinitas and Solana Beach

Local Lifestyle

Life in Cardiff-by-the-Sea is like a rhythmic dance to the ocean's tunes. Though petite in size, the spirit of this coastal beach town is vast and invigorating. The beaches are the heart of Cardiff, offering immaculate sands and exhilarating surf. The allure of the ocean is inescapable, and life here flourishes in its proximity. Residents revel in the azure waves, letting the ocean guide their lifestyle — a perpetual embrace between nature and community.

Dining and Entertainment

A culinary paradise by the sea, the Seaside Market dazzles with an astonishing array of delectables, including the legendary "Cardiff Crack" tri-tip. A mecca for gourmets and home chefs alike, the offerings here enchant the senses.
Step into a world of sugary magnificence at VG Donut & Bakery. Each delightful creation is an artistic masterpiece full of sweetness and love. It's the heavenly abode for donut aficionados. Dive into a world of flavor at Pipe's Cafe. Cozy, friendly, and utterly scrumptious, every meal here is a delightful celebration. Elevate your coffee experience at Bump Coffee. With craftsmanship in each cup, and a warm, engaging ambiance, it's a haven for coffee lovers. Sophistication and charm adorn the Waverly, creating an enchanting dining escapade. Experience culinary artistry, soul-stirring music, unique cocktails, and an atmosphere that radiates elegance.

Things to Do

The whimsical Cardiff Kook Statue is not just a visual delight but the inspiration behind the vibrant Cardiff Kook Run event. It stands as a symbol of the town's lively spirit, attracting both onlookers and energetic runners for a celebration of art and athleticism.
Embrace nature at the San Elijo State Beach campgrounds, a perfect getaway with breathtaking scenery. The campgrounds are a gateway to the world of incredible surfing, where the waves beckon and the surf responds with grace and power. Dive into the thrill, ride the waves, and let Cardiff-by-the-Sea reveal its majestic beauty.


  • Cardiff School
  • Ada Harris School


Overview for Cardiff, CA

11,447 people live in Cardiff, where the median age is 40.7 and the average individual income is $67,469. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

40.7 years

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Around Cardiff, CA

There's plenty to do around Cardiff, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Clothe+Arrow, Ballet Arte, and MB Fit Studio.

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Shopping 3.11 miles 26 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.38 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.32 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.12 miles 7 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.09 miles 9 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.33 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Cardiff, CA

Cardiff has 4,289 households, with an average household size of 2.67. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Cardiff do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 11,447 people call Cardiff home. The population density is 4,949.7 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


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54.28 / 45.72%

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Schools in Cardiff, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Cardiff. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
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Ada W. Harris Elementary
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