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San Elijo State Beach

San Diego Metro Area, California

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  • San Elijo is a great spot for beginning surfers.- San Elijo State Beach
  • Dried seaweed dots the shore.- San Elijo State Beach
  • Lifeguards keep an eye out here.- San Elijo State Beach
  • Staircase leading from the bluffs and campground to the beach.- San Elijo State Beach
  • Showers are available at the top of the stairs.- San Elijo State Beach
  • It's easy to carry your board through the campground to the street parking.- San Elijo State Beach
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Pros: 
Easy access. Great for beginning surfers.
Cons: 
Not much geologic or natural interest.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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Adventure Description

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Located right on Highway 101, San Elijo State Beach is an easy walk from downtown Cardiff. It's a perfect stop for a lunchtime surf session, an evening stroll at sunset, or to simply lay on the beach and soak up some rays. San Elijo offers all variety of water sports, as well: surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, boogie boarding, skim boarding, kayaking, and good old-fashioned swimming are all common. When waves are calm, scuba diving or snorkeling is possible and is made interesting by a nearby reef system and some kelp patties. In fact, the first industry in Cardiff-by-the-Sea was a kelp works, founded in 1912. 

San Elijo State Beach runs for 2 miles up the coast where it merges with Cardiff State Beach. Although they are technically separate units, the beach is continuous and the beaches can be enjoyed as one. Camping at the 171-site San Elijo State Beach Campground fills up fast, so book early.

No dogs are allowed on the beach.

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