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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


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Entrance

 Map     Sat
GPS: CS0901
N3300.8364'
W11716.8075'

 

Entrance at Cardiff State Beach 

The entrance is easy to find.

Parking

 Map     Sat
GPS: CS0902
N3300.8735'
W11716.8356'

 

Parking at Cardiff State Beach 

Plenty of parking 100 yards from the entry.

Overview

 

 

Overview at Cardiff State Beach 

Park next to the showers, if possible!

Entry

 Map     Sat
GPS: CS0904
N3300.9191'
W11716.8962'

 

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.

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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

324-4-5-9


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