San Elijo State Beach

Located just a short drive from San Diego in Encinitas, San Elijo State Beach is an idyllic locale that’s perfect for long days spent playing on the beach and in the Pacific Ocean. Learn more about this San Diego-area attraction below!

Soak Up the California Sunshine on the Beach!

San Elijo Cardiff State Beach, a popular protected beach for surfing and beachcombing, and San Elijo Lagoon, one of San Diego’s largest remaining coastal wetlands with over 900 acres and hundreds of plant and animal species. It’s also situated close by the famous statue known as the Cardiff Kook, a bronze statue that is supposed to depict a surfer but is normally dressed up by locals according to different themes and seasons.

On San Elijo State Beach itself, visitors and locals tend to enjoy skim-boarding, windsurfing boogie-boarding, surfing, biking, and picnicking.

Surfing is by far the most popular activity. Visitors can swim too, but the rip currents along the beach can be extremely dangerous, so be cautious while you’re out swimming in the ocean and make sure you know what to do if you’re caught in a rip current.

Snorkeling and scuba diving are also popular at the nearby reef, as is looking at the tide pools that develop during low tide. And for the environmentally conscious, the Environment Learning and Visitor Center’s exhibits will be entertaining.

The state beach is open from sunrise to sunset daily, though visitors can call the kiosk to confirm that the beach is open to the public for the day. There is a store that operates near the beach campground from March through December that offers snacks, a taco bar, boogie-boards, and other necessities you might during your time on the beach.

The Eli Howard Surf School also operates on San Elijo Beach, offering lessons, surfboard rentals, weekend escapes, surf parties, and summer surf camps. The surf school can be found near the entrance to the campground and operates all year long, meaning that no matter when you decide to visit the San Diego area, you can hone your surfing skills at San Elijo State Beach.

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