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Five Things Visitors Must Do When Visiting Cardiff California

by on Dec.03, 2011, under Vacations

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Cardiff-By-The-Sea California has a unique vibe compared to other SoCal beach communities on Pacific Ocean. It boasts unparalleled ocean views, an ecological reserve, a lagoon with great trails, incredible beaches and Cardiff bed and breakfasts. To make sure you don’t miss the essence of Cardiff, here are Five Things Visitors Must Do When Visiting Cardiff California.

1. Take A Magic Carpet Ride

Look for our $120,000 surfing statue right across Old Historic Highway 101 from the Cardiff Lodge, on the bluffs above Cardiff State Beach. You’re looking for a bronze sculpture of a young surfer dude with his arms stretched out, supposedly riding a wave. The bronze is entitled “Magic Carpet Ride” and the locals have been highly steamed about the statue ever since it was unveiled July, 2008. Local surfers complain that the surfer’s pose does not capture the essence of surfing. Called sissy by some and just too dog-gone feminine by others, surfers have had a field day dressing the statue in pink skirts, stuffed animals, bikini tops, bikini bottoms, lingerie, Fruit-Of-The-Looms and glittering wands. It is one of a kind.

2. Watch The Surfers At Cardiff State Beach

Cardiff Reef is a popular stretch of sandy beach at the mouth of San Elijo Lagoon, just north of Restaurant Row. It’s popular with long-boarders because it has a soft sand bottom and slow, mushy waves. Spectators line up to enjoy the views from the State Beach parking lots and picnic tables. The rocky reefs along Cardiff sport a great selection of surfer talent from beginners to seasoned pros. If you’re staying at one of the nearby bed and breakfasts in Cardiff, have lunch on the outdoor patios of The Beach House or The Chart House restaurants, and you’ll have the best view in the house.

3. Take A Hike

San Diego County’s largest coastal wetland is San Elijo Lagoon, situated along the ocean between Cardiff and Solana Beach. This lush habitat supports 305 plus species of plants, 22 species of fish, 23 species of reptiles and amphibians, more than 20 species of mammals and upwards of 300 species of birds. The new San Elijo Lagoon visitor’s center on Manchester Avenue is open daily to the public free of charge. More than seven miles of hiking and jogging trails branch out from the visitor’s center, so bring your walking/jogging shoes.

4. Have Fun At The Beach

Cardiff’s beaches are wonderful places to work on your tan, read a good mystery novel, have a picnic with your sweetie, enjoy the antics of the surfers, body surf or go boogie-boarding. The beaches are sandy, gently sloping, and the water is some of the warmest in San Diego county.

5. Soak In A Hot Tub At Sunset

The Inn at Moonlight Beach is a Bed and Breakfast Inn just 2 miles north of Cardiff. Trip Advisor calls it “a romantic seaside inn located on a hillside above Moonlight Beach.” The Inn overlooks the Pacific Ocean and the little beach town of Encinitas. Be sure to ask about the Penthouse Suite with it’s own balcony with private hot tub and a phenomenal view of the Pacific Ocean.

Terry Hunefeld retired from a CEO career in 2007 to follow his passion for sailing the Pacific observing seabirds and marine mammals. He and his wife Ann Dunham own and operate the lovely Inn at Moonlight Beach. Visit Bed Breakfast Cardiff-By-The-Sea California or Cardiff-By-The-Sea Beach Hotels for more info.

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