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Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
3 out of 5
142 Chesterfield Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $129 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
0.51 mi from city center
4.1/5Very Good! (447 reviews)

"It was calm and relaxing. I suppose I wasn’t appreciative of the amenities due to Covid. Staff was difficult to find...yet I Was able to get a sewing kit from a male staff member, We enjoyed the luxury of staying in a quiet place."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
Sunfair by AvantStay | Modern Home w/Pacific Ocean Views | Mins to Cardiff Beach
The Cardiff Adobe Casa With Sunset Views
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1.12 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great spot!

"We had such a great time at Shawna’s place! The house is super cute and the location is prime. It’s an easy walk to the beach, nearby Encinitas Community Park and so much more! The outdoor deck is incredible and we spent every night enjoying the sunset. Shawna was incredibly responsive and able to ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2020

The Cardiff Adobe Casa With Sunset Views
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Cardiff Town Center With Ocean Views, Walk Everywhere! 5 min Walk to Beach
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0.61 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
A week in paradise!

"Keith and Stacy’s property was an absolute dream! Couldn’t have asked for a better location with proximity to the ocean, local shops and restaurants, but still on a quiet and peaceful street. The house was perfect for us - fully functional with everything you could want in a kitchen to feel like ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2020

Cardiff Town Center With Ocean Views, Walk Everywhere! 5 min Walk to Beach
Enjoy the Endless Amenities - Abaco Beach House in Cardiff by the Sea
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0.38 mi from city center
4.9/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Great stay. Relaxed and enjoyed the pool

"Very well located. The house was very clean, the patio and pool as well. Lots of spaces and all the amenities required to have a good time"…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Enjoy the Endless Amenities - Abaco Beach House in Cardiff by the Sea
Beachcomber by Avantstay Steps From Beach Elegant Modern Estate Ocean View
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1.42 mi from city center
4.5/5Wonderful! (4 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

Beachcomber by Avantstay Steps From Beach Elegant Modern Estate Ocean View
Swami's View With Private West Facing Deck
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1.35 mi from city center
4.9/5Exceptional! (16 reviews)
More than home away from home

"The guesthouse was bright, clean with a beautiful location. My partner and I were traveling with our five-year-old and they had everything we needed for our stay- the owners thought of everything! The beautiful yard and pool with a water slide and pool toys was an added bonus. We loved our stay here ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 21, 2019

Swami's View With Private West Facing Deck
Sunfair by Avantstay Sleek Home w/ Pacific Ocean Views Mins to Cardiff Beach
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0.31 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
This was a great place and I would recommend this property. Beautiful views and great location

"Very comfortable hassle free .everything was well kept and the location was amazing."…"

Reviewed on Nov 16, 2020

Sunfair by Avantstay Sleek Home w/ Pacific Ocean Views Mins to Cardiff Beach
Awesome Ocean Views Cardiff Walking District Fun In the Sun!--discounts!!!
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0.39 mi from city center
4.7/5Exceptional! (41 reviews)
Memories made

"Great location. Owner very accommodating, responsive, and helpful. Good time was had by all."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2020

Awesome Ocean Views Cardiff Walking District Fun In the Sun!--discounts!!!
Cozy, Charming, Ocean View studio  / Work desk, internet, sanitized cleaning
The price is $105 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
0.36 mi from city center
4.9/5Exceptional! (60 reviews)
Easy clean close private

"Excellent apartment, bed was a little shaky when 1 person moved, lovely location, we’ll be back!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 11, 2020

Cozy, Charming, Ocean View studio / Work desk, internet, sanitized cleaning
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! (6 reviews)
Fantastic location of a beautiful apartment

"Had a really nice vacation in Encinitas in spite of the pandemic that was tangible everywhere. The view from the balcony was picture perfect (especially the sunsets) and it’s within walking distance of the beach. Only mild downside was a rather complicated and mildly antiquated TV-System (four or ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 12, 2020

The Cardiff Surfer's Hideaway is 2 Bedroom, Oceanfront and Ocean View Paradise!
Cardiff Near San Elijo Beach~walk to Everything - Free Bikes and Beach Gear Too!
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0.69 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (66 reviews)
Calming

"Everything was as described and then some. Not my first time in Cardiff and certainly not my last. I will be staying at this great find going forward. Thanks a Keith."…"

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2020

Cardiff Near San Elijo Beach~walk to Everything - Free Bikes and Beach Gear Too!
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! (52 reviews)
Great Property

"Seamless check in. Host very available to help or answer questions. Terrific location. Beautiful ocean views. Lovely yard/gardens. Well stocked kitchen. Plenty of parking for our 2 cars. Short walk to very nice local grocery store and coffee shops."…"

Reviewed on Oct 21, 2020

Walk to Beach From Ocean View Craftsman Beach Cottage in Cardiff Village
Cardiff Ocean View Retro Rattan Big Deck Beach Breezes
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0.23 mi from city center
4.8/5Exceptional! (9 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 Beach Breezes
Cardiff By The Sea Retreat
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
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0.57 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (46 reviews)
Great house! Great stay!

"Snuck to this property to get out of town for a safe quarantine trip. It was fantastic! Awesome house to hang at and enjoy the backyard and roof top deck. Enough space to easily work for the week or just escape. George was great - even when we had silly questions. Would come again in an instant!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Cardiff By The Sea Retreat
Luxury Cardiff Home With Amazing Ocean Views! Walk to Beach!
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1.33 mi from city center
4.8/5Exceptional! (88 reviews)
Great home to rent in Cardiff!

"We rented Sarah's home for our 30th Anniversary. Had all of our adult children with us which was a total of 6 adults. We had a great time, enjoying the home, watched the sunsets every night, and dined in most nights. Everything we needed was included in the home and we enjoyed spending time with ..."…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2020

Luxury Cardiff Home With Amazing Ocean Views! Walk to Beach!
Cardiff Near San Elijo Beach~walk to Everything - Includes Bikes & Beach Gear!
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0.68 mi from city center
5/5Exceptional! (53 reviews)
Nice Little Bungalow

"On a quiet side street, near restaurants, beach and shops, a nice two bedroom bungalow with a well-stocked kitchen. It is comfortable with everything you need to have a worry-free time in Cardiff."…"

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2020

Cardiff Near San Elijo Beach~walk to Everything - Includes Bikes & Beach Gear!
Cardiff Beach Home, Ocean Views, Amazing Sunsets, Walk to Beach and Everywhere
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0.37 mi from city center
4.8/5Exceptional! (48 reviews)
Great Views, Great Amenities, Great Host

"This property was perfect for my family and I on our trip to beautiful Southern California. The property has two amazing decks that offer views of the ocean, my favorite being the roof deck that was great for eating meals and listening to the surf. The property was quiet and peaceful. It was located ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 29, 2020

Cardiff Beach Home, Ocean Views, Amazing Sunsets, Walk to Beach and Everywhere
Luxurious Cardiff By-the-sea Cottage Walking Distance to Beach and Attractions
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0.31 mi from city center
4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)
Such a wonderful house in a wonderful neighborhood!!!

"We loved this house. So cute and clean and easy. Just what we needed!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 20, 2020

Luxurious Cardiff By-the-sea Cottage Walking Distance to Beach and Attractions
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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 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 beach B&B offering free WiFi and free parking, located within a short 5-minute walk of San Elijo State Beach. Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is another good choice for your beach trip.
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 breakfast, and free WiFi.

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