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Cardiff State Beach

Cardiff State Beach is a dog-friendly beach on the San Diego Coast. Dogs are allowed at Cardiff Reef and Seaside, South of Tower 16. All dogs must always be on a 6' leash and under the owner's control. People enjoy swimming, surfing, and beachcombing at this Encinitas, CA, beach. The sands gently slope into the warm water that laps the shore. Visit Website

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Cardiff State Beach has received a rating of 3.2 out of 5 bones by 5 canine critics on BringFido and 4.5 out of 5 by 86 guests on TripAdvisor.

Visitors express mixed opinions about Cardiff State Beach, with some finding the requirement for dogs to be on leash at a dog beach frustrating, while others appreciate the ample space and scenery. They note the beach could be cleaner.

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  • Bobby
    Oct 31, 2023
    Change the rules

    Dogs required on leash at a dog beach? So ridiculous. Change the rules

  • Drive
    Jun 19, 2023

    I got a $400 ticket for being in the water with my service dog unleashed. We entered the water with me holding his vest as well as exiting the water the same fashion. [Expletive] this beach and the state park ranger.

  • Donna Marie
    Mar 19, 2022
    Great walk!

    we really enjoyed this walk! beautiful scenery

  • Susan
    May 22, 2021
    Good Option for Beaching with Dogs

    We went on a Friday afternoon, and it wasn't too busy. Owners followed the leash rule, keeping their furry friends on a leash. Plenty of room to run with your dog up and down the beach. Our dog loved going into the water. Wish they had a wash off area but that wasn't a major concern for us as we came prepared.

    Feb 20, 2021

    could be cleaner

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