Rahul Sharma (Editor)

Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, California

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
Country  United States
City  Encinitas
Elevation  79 ft (24 m)
Zip code  92007
Local time  Thursday 5:21 PM
County  San Diego
Founded  1911
Time zone  PST (UTC-8)
Population  11,537 (2007)
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, California
Weather  21°C, Wind NW at 10 km/h, 26% Humidity
Points of interest  San Elijo State Beach, Cardiff State Beach
Restaurants  Cardiff Seaside Market, Pacific Coast Grill, Ki's Restaurant, Chart House, Las Olas
Hotels  Cardiff by the Sea Lodge, Holiday Inn Express Encinitas, Red Mountain Resort

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, usually referred to as Cardiff, is a beach community located in Encinitas, bordering Solana Beach to the south in San Diego County, California. The Pacific Ocean is to the west of Cardiff, Encinitas on its east and north, and a beach and lagoon on its south. With a population of under 12,000, Cardiff-by-the-Sea operates as part of the city of Encinitas, but unlike the other communities that comprise Encinitas, has its own ZIP code (92007).


Map of Cardiff, Encinitas, CA 92007, USA

In 1911, this former farming community began to develop Cardiff, when Boston developer J. Frank Cullen broke ground to build new homes. Frank Cullen's wife, a native of Cardiff, Wales, persuaded him to name the community "Cardiff", as well as many streets, such as "Birmingham", "Oxford", "Chesterfield" and "Manchester", despite heavy Spanish influence in the area.

According to the 2010 Census, Cardiff-by-the-Sea is 71% white, 21% Hispanic, 3% Asian, 1% African-American and 4% Other

Cardiff is also home to a few well-known surf spots, such as Swami's and Cardiff Reef.


Cardiff is part of the city of Encinitas, which is governed by a five-member city council, elected at-large to staggered four-year terms at two-year intervals.

In the California State Legislature, Cardiff is in the 36th Senate District, represented by Republican Patricia Bates, and in the 76th Assembly District, represented by Republican Rocky Chávez.

In the United States House of Representatives, Cardiff is in California's 49th congressional district, represented by Republican Darrell Issa.

Cardiff School District

Cardiff has a school district consisting of two schools:

  • Cardiff Elementary (K-3)
  • Ada Harris Elementary (3-6)
  • Cardiff Reef

    Cardiff Reef ("The Reef") is a popular surf spot in Cardiff that produces waves both professional and novice surfers enjoy year round. Surfing at The Reef has progressed from just a few surfers in the 1950s to become one of the most popular surfing spots in San Diego County. Cardiff Reef and nearby surf spot, Pipes, are famous for their smooth and consistent wave shape.

    When the tide is low, a flat rock reef is revealed that extends 50 yards from shore. Exploring these tide pools is a popular activity for visitors of Cardiff.

    Notable residents

  • Mark Allen, former professional triathlete
  • Scott Eastwood, actor
  • Jon Foreman, singer/guitarist for Switchfoot
  • Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins, professional skateboarder
  • Chalmers Johnson, historian and author of the Blowback trilogy
  • Jonathan Jones, singer for the bands Waking Ashland and We Shot the Moon
  • Frances Lee, silent film actress
  • Rob Machado, professional surfer
  • Kirk McCaskill, retired major league baseball pitcher
  • Emily Ratajkowski, actress
  • Marion Ross, actress
  • Darren Hardy, publisher of Success Magazine
  • References

    Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, California Wikipedia