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Cardiff Ocean View Retro Rattan Big Deck Del Mar Fair Rental Close
2448 1/2 Oxford Ave., Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
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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 11 Sep. 2019

Cardiff Ocean View Retro Rattan Big Deck Del Mar Fair Rental Close
Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area
3 out of 5
1661 Villa Cardiff Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
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The price is AU$197 per night
4.5/5Wonderful! (71 reviews)

"it was nice hotel and clean and they have a nice tea stand and breakfast meal are good. I will stay at there again when I visit in sandiego."…"

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2020

Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge
3 out of 5
142 Chesterfield Drive, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, CA
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The price is AU$181 per night
4.1/5Very Good! (422 reviews)

"Loved the proximity to the beach and walkable to some eateries. It was a quirky but enjoyable facility. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 restrictions limited some of the amenities we were looking forward to. Room was clean and nicely sized."…"

Reviewed on 28 May 2020

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Beach Hotels in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Known for its beaches and sunsets, Cardiff-by-the-Sea offers a lot for the traveller booking a beach holiday. This seaside destination has 24 hotels and other accommodation options to pick from, so it's easy to find one that works for you.

Planning Your Trip to Cardiff-by-the-Sea

If you're wondering about the best time to visit, here's what you can expect from the local weather:

  • Hottest months: August, September, July and October, with an average temperature of 24°C
  • Coldest months: December, January, February and November, with an average temperature of 9°C
  • Driest months: October, November, December and April, with an average rainfall of 0.75 inches
  • Rainiest months: March, February, January and November, with an average rainfall of 1.75 inches

Sightseeing in and Around Cardiff-by-the-Sea

After checking into your accommodation of choice, you'll probably want to venture out and explore. If you're excited to scope out the beaches, spend a relaxing day by the water at La Jolla Cove or Moonlight State Beach. Discover the area's sunsets and restaurants, and make time for local attractions like Encinitas Community Park and Swamis Beach. Other things to see and do in the area are Legoland California and Carlsbad Premium Outlets. Visitors also enjoy Cardiff-by-the-Sea for its:
  • Surfing
  • Bird watching
  • Cafes

Getting around Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Make your way to Cardiff-by-the-Sea with a flight to Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), the closest major airport which is located 7.4 mi (11.9 km) from the city centre. If you'd like to venture out around the area, consider renting a car to take in more sights.

Frequently asked questions

What is Cardiff-by-the-Sea like for travellers who love the beach?
Known for its beaches and sunsets, Cardiff-by-the-Sea offers a lot for the traveller booking a beach holiday. With your pick of 53 hotels and other accommodation options in this seaside destination, it’s easy to find the right one for you.
What's the best hotel for a beach holiday in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
Cardiff by the Sea Lodge is a top 3-star B&B for a beach holiday, and features free breakfast and a spa tub. Hampton by Hilton Encinitas-Cardiff Beach Area is another good choice for your beach trip. To enjoy some time by the water, head to San Elijo State Beach or Cardiff State Beach.
What's the seasonal weather like in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
Good weather can be important during a beach holiday, so you can use these local temperature and rainfall averages to decide when to visit. The hottest months are usually August and September, with an average temperature of 20°C, while the coldest months are December and January, with an average of 14°C. Average annual rainfall for Cardiff-by-the-Sea is 253 mm.
What is there to see and do around Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
After checking into your accommodation of choice, you’ll probably want to venture out and explore. If you’re excited to scope out the beaches, spend a relaxing day by the water at Swamis Beach or Moonlight State Beach. Discover the area’s sunsets and restaurants, and make time for local attractions such as San Elijo State Beach and Cardiff State Beach. For additional things to see and do, consider a visit to Encinitas Community Park or Legoland California.
What's the best way to get around Cardiff-by-the-Sea?
The closest major airport is in San Diego, CA (SAN-San Diego Intl.), located 20.3 mi (32.6 km) from the city centre. If you’d like to venture out around the area, consider renting a car to explore more sights.

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