5 Activities Every Visitor Should Do When In Cardiff California
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 dont miss the essence of Cardiff, here are Five Things Visitors Must Do When Visiting Cardiff California.
1. Go For A Magic Carpet Ride
At the corner of Chesterfield and Highway 101 (across from the Cardiff Lodge) is a bronze sculpture of a surfer that has been the topic of much conversation and ridicule ever since it was installed. The one-of-a-kind sculpture depicts a young surfer boy and is entitled Magic Carpet Ride. Ever since it was unveiled in the summer of 2008, surfers and locals have been griping that the look of the surfer it too feminine and does not capture the essence of true surfing. Called dorky by some, gay by others, pranksters have delighted in adorning the statue with pink skirts, braids, bikini tops, biking shorts, high heels, flowers, lingerie and teddy bears. Take a walk by. what do you think?
2. Watch The Surfers At Cardiff State Beach
Cardiff Reef is a highly popular stretch of sandy beach for walking, sunning and surfing. Its located at the channel mouth of San Elijo Lagoon. Long-board surfers like it because it there is an extensive soft sandy bottom along with slow, easy waves. People enjoy great views of rookies and experts alike from the State Beach benches and picnic tables. Cardiff has a big selection of surfer talent – from rookie beginners all the way to seasoned pros. If you stay at one of the bed and breakfasts in Cardiff, be sure to reserve a table for lunch on the outdoor patios of one of the restaurants and you will have the best surfer-views in the house.
3. Take A Hike in an Ecological Reserve
San Diego Countys 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 visitors 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 visitors center, so bring your walking/jogging shoes.
4. Work On Your Tan
Cardiffs 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. Relax In Your Own Private Hot Tub
The Inn at Moonlight Beach just 2 miles up Historic Highway 101 is a romantic seaside inn located on a hillside above Moonlight Beach. The four guest suites overlook the Pacific Ocean and the quaint beach town of Encinitas and recall a French-European Inn with spotless private baths, wi-fi internet, refrigerator and cable TV. Inquire about the Penthouse Suite with its own private balcony and private hot tub with a commanding view of sunsets over the Pacific Ocean.