Overview of Cardiff State Beach

Cardiff State Beach

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For an easy dive, with an interesting reef to explore, try Cardiff State Beach. You'll find the basic facilities here, plus a relatively uncrowded environment.

Directions: Located 12 miles South of Oceanside, and 24 miles North of San Diego in Cardiff-By-The-Sea.


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11/23/2004 Nadia (Avg: 4.42 Review) - This is a fun snorkel site, just watch out for long boarders. The bottom is rich with plant life and there are plenty of fish, as stated in the description.

08/15/2004 Anonymous (Avg: 4.70 Review) - When the surf is flat this shallow reef dive is one of the best in CA. The Surf grass, hollows and channels, and kelp provide fantastic habitat for sheep-crab, lobster, sheephead, banded and shovel-nose guitarfish, as well as myriad smaller creatures


Site Photos

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Entrance at Cardiff State Beach 

The entrance is easy to find.


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Parking at Cardiff State Beach 

Plenty of parking 100 yards from the entry.




Overview at Cardiff State Beach 

Park next to the showers, if possible!


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Entry at Cardiff State Beach 

The wide, sandy beach makes for an easy entry. Head straight out for about 400 yards to find this seldom-explored reef.




aerial at Cardiff State Beach 
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Here, the reef channels and edges are apparent.

Last Verification: July, 2001  


Diver Averages for  Cardiff State Beach  (1=worst, 5=best)

Average Site Condition

Ease of Shore Entry:  5.00
Bottom Conditions:  4.50
Reef Conditions:  4.50
Animal Life:  4.50
Plant Life:  5.00
Facilities:  5.00
Solitude 3.00
Roads:  4.50
*Site Average:  4.56

Average Enjoyment Level

Snorkel:  2.50
Beginner Scuba:  2.50
Intermediate Scuba:  3.50
Advanced Scuba:  3.50
Night diving Scuba:  4.00

Number of reviews for this site: 2


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