Cardiff-by-the-Sea, a community within the city of Encinitas, is located 25 miles north of Downtown San Diego. Experience the unique identity of Cardiff-by-the-Sea : moderate climate, breathtaking views, two miles of Pacific coastline to the west, the 900-acre San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve to the south and world-class surfing. The community takes pride in its “walkability” with the beach, lagoon, restaurants, markets, post office, library, and other commercial services in easy walking distance to each other. Cardiff residents strive for healthy living! Cardiff offers one of the best local markets in San Diego. Seaside Market attracts locals and neighbors from afar because of their commitment to the latest in health food trends and a delicious catering menu. This beach community offers yoga, pilates, and intimate athletic clubs, as well as miles of scenic roadways for cycling. Restaurant Row offers beach-side dining and a wide variety of choices, including Mexican, Italian and California Cuisine with an emphasis on seafood. San Elijo State Beach Campground provides beach campsites and day-use beach parking and lifeguard service. The campground is a popular site for family get-togethers and social gatherings.