Located on the San Diego Coast near the town of Cardiff-by-the-Sea, San Elijo State Beach is two miles long and offers two miles of swimming, surfing, showers and picnicking. The narrow, bluff-backed stretch of sand has a nearby reef popular with snorkelers and divers. The campground offers 171 campsites, which fill quickly for holidays and the summer season. You’ll need a reservation.

A camp store and snack bar located near the campground entrance operates March through October and provides all the amenities a camper may need including some RV supplies, boogie boards, firewood, and is the home of the original Bull Taco snack bar or telephone the camp store at (760) 436-6601.

Site Info

Sites: 156


Access: Vehicle


Camping Hours: 24 hours/day


  • Drinking Water
  • Fire Ring/Grill
  • Picnic Table
  • RV Hookup
  • RV Dumpstation
  • Garbage Cans
  • Flushing Toilet
  • Shower

More Info

Official Website: Visit Website

Information Number: 760-765-0650


Driving Directions

San Elijo State Beach extends along Coast Highway 101, 3/4 mile north from San Elijo Lagoon’s entrance channel, near the community of Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Exit Interstate 5 at Encinitas Blvd., head west. Turn left on South Coast Highway. Follow the Coast Highway south, about 2 miles.

Coordinates: 33.021235,-117.284399

Address: 2050 S Coast Hwy 101, Cardiff, CA, 92007