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Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
3 out of 5
142 Chesterfield Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
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The price is $109 per night
0.51 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (421 reviews)

"The location is excellent! Walking distance to great restaurants, coffee shops, grocery store, and beach. The rooftop area is a great place to bring a meal and enjoy ocean views. However, the fire pit has been removed. The rooms are very spacious but somewhat dated."…"

Reviewed on May 18, 2020

Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
Sunfair by AvantStay | Modern Home w/Pacific Ocean Views | Mins to Cardiff Beach
Beachcomber by AvantStay | 1 Block from Beach - Modern Estate w/ Ocean Views
Recently remodeled and Brand NEW furnishing throughout
1 Blk from Beach | Elegant Modern Estate w/ Ocean View ❤ Beachcomber by AvantStay
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Great House

"Great outdoor space and big kitchen inside and outside that's great for big meals. 15-20 minute walk to the main drag on Highway 101 in Encinitas. 10/10 would recommend."…"

Reviewed on Mar 27, 2020

1 Blk from Beach | Elegant Modern Estate w/ Ocean View ❤ Beachcomber by AvantStay
Sleek Modern Home w/ Pacific Ocean Views Mins to Cardiff Beach Sunfair by Avantstay
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Wonderful home and location

"We really enjoyed our few days in Cardiff in the beautiful home. Everything was well stocked and we couldn’t think of anything we needed that wasn’t in the home. We will for sure look to stay in the home when we’re in Cardiff in the future."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Sleek Modern Home w/ Pacific Ocean Views Mins to Cardiff Beach Sunfair by Avantstay
Pipes Ocean Front Beach Rental
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
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1.03 mi from city center
Pipes Ocean Front Beach Rental
Walk to Beach from Ocean View Craftsman Beach Cottage in Cardiff Village.
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0.31 mi from city center
4.9/5Exceptional! (63 reviews)
House as advertised!

"Great experience beginning to end and both Perry & Sandra were helpful every step of the way. Could not have been any better, highly recommend!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

Walk to Beach from Ocean View Craftsman Beach Cottage in Cardiff Village.
Cardiff Ocean View Retro Rattan Big Deck Del Mar Fair Rental Close
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0.23 mi from city center
4.8/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Outstanding Property

"The property was fabulous - view, location. host all exceptional. One heads up - if a guest has problems with stairs there are a minimum of 11 steps to enter or leave the unit. The steps are not difficult, but one must climb them to get in/out of the unit."…"

Reviewed on Sep 11, 2019

Cardiff Ocean View Retro Rattan Big Deck Del Mar Fair Rental Close
The Cardiff Surfer's Hideaway is 2 Bedroom, Oceanfront and Ocean View Paradise!
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1.37 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Best place

"I highly recommend this. I actually felt like I’m home. Beautiful view. Very clean place and helpful staff."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

The Cardiff Surfer's Hideaway is 2 Bedroom, Oceanfront and Ocean View Paradise!
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Visiting Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Families will find kid-friendly activities in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, and visitors give high marks for the beaches and top-notch restaurants. Tourists can also enjoy so much more including its cafés. Top sights around the area include Legoland California, La Jolla Cove, and Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

  • There are 24 hotels and other accommodations in Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • The closest major airport is in Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), 7.4 mi (11.9 km) from the city center
  • The next closest is in San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), 16.3 mi (26.2 km) away

Sightseeing and Staying in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

The beaches and sunsets exemplify the city's natural beauty and places to visit include Encinitas Community Park and Swamis Beach. Additionally, in the area you'll find Legoland California and La Jolla Cove.

As you plan your holiday retreat, you'll find 24 hotels and other lodging options available to choose from in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Below are top ranked ones based on our user reviews:

  • Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area - With a stay at this 3-star hotel, guests can enjoy access to free breakfast and an outdoor pool, along with free WiFi. It's a favorite with Expedia travelers for its beach locale and overall value.
  • Cardiff by the Sea Lodge - Our customers like the overall value and central location at this B&B. This 3-star bed & breakfast features free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking.

Top places to visit outside the city include Carlsbad Premium Outlets, located 8 mi (12.8 km) from the heart of the city, and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, which is 16.5 mi/26.5 km away.

Dressing for Cardiff-by-the-Sea

  • Between January and March, daytime temperatures average 66°F, while nighttime temperatures stay around 48°F
  • From April to June, the average is 72°F during the day and 54°F at night
  • July through September sees average temperatures of 75°F during the day and 62°F at night
  • In October-December, you can expect 74°F as the daytime average and 47°F as the nighttime average
  • Cardiff-by-the-Sea gets about 0.35 inches of rain per year
  • August and September are usually the hottest months averaging 75°F, while December and January are usually the coldest with an average temperature of 49°F

Frequently asked questions

Where is the best place for a stay in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is ranked highly by Expedia customers. This 3-star hotel offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. Cardiff by the Sea Lodge is another favorite option for your trip based on traveler reviews.
If I need to cancel my hotel reservation in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, will I receive a refund?
Yes, most hotel reservations are fully refundable if cancelled before the accommodation’s cancellation deadline, which is often 24 or 48 hours before check in. If you booked a non-refundable reservation, you might be able to cancel it and get a refund within 24 hours of your booking. Plug in your dates, click on “Search”, then filter by “free cancellation” to review the top deals on offer in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.
Where can I learn more about changing or cancelling my trip to Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
For more details about updating your trip to Cardiff-by-the-Sea or cancelling it, head over to our customer service page.
What's the best accommodation for a budget-friendly stay in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
Based on reviews, Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is a popular 3-star hotel for our travelers looking for an economical choice, and features free buffet breakfast and free WiFi.
What's the best place to stay for a couple visiting Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge is a favorite 3-star B&B for couples, and features flat-screen TVs and a garden-view restaurant. Another good option for your romantic getaway is Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area.
What's the best pet-friendly accommodation in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is a top hotel for people traveling with their pets, and offers an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center for its human guests. Cardiff by the Sea Lodge is another good option for you and your pet.
Where is the best place to stay near Eli Howard Surf School?
Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is one of the top choices for your stay based on our traveler data, and this 3-star hotel offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. It’s located just a short 0.6 mi (1 km) from Eli Howard Surf School. Other good choices within a short distance include Cardiff by the Sea Lodge and 180 Degree Ocean Views Cardiff Walking District-discounted Rates.
What about the best place to stay close to Encinitas Community Park?
One of the top choices for your stay is Holiday Inn Express Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area, located a short 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Encinitas Community Park, and this 3-star hotel offers free breakfast and an outdoor pool. Days Inn by Wyndham Encinitas Moonlight Beach and Best Western Encinitas Inn & Suites at Moonlight Beach are other good choices within 5 miles.
What's the best hotel to stay near the beach in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge is a top 3-star B&B for a beach vacation, and features free breakfast and a spa tub. Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is another good option to stay near the beach. Head to San Elijo State Beach or Cardiff State Beach for some quality time by the water.
What's the best boutique-style accommodation in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is a favorite 3-star hotel with Expedia travelers looking for a stylish accommodation, featuring an outdoor pool and free breakfast. If you’re searching for a boutique hotel, you can also take a look at Cardiff by the Sea Lodge.
What are some accommodations with pools in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is a popular 3-star hotel featuring an outdoor pool, free buffet breakfast, and free WiFi.
What is the best spa hotel in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is a top spa hotel featuring an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Another popular spa hotel in Cardiff-by-the-Sea is Cardiff by the Sea Lodge.

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