Cardiff-by-the-Sea

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea
Backed by steep sandstone cliffs, the beaches in this laid-back community north of Solana Beach are some of San Diego’s most picturesque. San Elijo State Beach has a peaky surf break and a campground overlooking the bluff. The original Bull Taco gourmet taco stand is located in the campground. Just north at Swami’s State Beach, the world famous point break is named for the grounds and hermitage of a Self Realization Fellowship ashram that overlooks the reef. And then there’s Cardiff State Beach, a long stretch south of Elijo where there are frequent surf competitions. When you’re looking for parking along Highway 101 keep your eyes peeled for the Cardiff Kook, a bronze sculpture of a surfer next to the San Elijo State Beach Campground. Much maligned by local surfers for being an unrealistic depiction, it regularly attracts pranksters who dress it in everything from a lucha libre wrestling mask to a Santa costume.
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