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Cardiff By the Sea

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, usually referred to as Cardiff, is a beach community in the incorporated city of Encinitas in San Diego CountyCalifornia. The Pacific Ocean is to the west of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, the rest of incorporated Encinitas is to the east and north, and a beach and lagoon to the 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). Cardiff is home to a few well-known surf spots, such as Swami's and Cardiff Reef. The Cardiff Composer District includes twelve streets named for musicians. Home to the “Cardiff Kook”, the Magic Carpet Ride is the official name of a 6-foot high bronze sculpture that is mounted seaside on the coast at the entry into Cardiff.  

Quick facts on the community

  • Population: Under 15,000
  • Homes ranging from $1M- $7M
  • Cardiff Composer District twelve streets named after musicians
  • School District: Cardiff School District, San Dieguito Union High School
  • Home to the “Cardiff Kook” Magic Carpet Ride surf statue
  • World famous “Seaside Market” which is known for their “Cardiff Crack” Burgundy Tri-Tip
  • Cardiff is home to many well-known surf spots including Swami’s and Cardiff Reef
  • Home to the San Elijo Lagoon and Ecological Preserve




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