Destination guide

Delight in the beachside landscape of Cardiff-by-the-Sea

The beaches and surrounding scenery provide a peaceful ambiance to your vacation home in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Well known for its surfing, bird watching and restaurants, this welcoming city won't disappoint. Legoland California and La Jolla Cove are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Many of our vacation rentals offer full kitchens, spacious living quarters and sometimes even a hot tub—perfect for a relaxing getaway.


Activities and attractions in and around Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Are you searching for things to do in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable vacation rental, you'll want to experience everything that Cardiff-by-the-Sea has to offer. These are some of the major attractions to explore, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Legoland California (7.7 mi / 12.5 km)
  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park (16.5 mi / 26.5 km)
  • Del Mar Fairgrounds (3.3 mi / 5.3 km)
  • San Diego Polo Fields (3.6 mi / 5.8 km)
  • Sealife Aquarium (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
  • The Crossings at Carlsbad (7.9 mi / 12.7 km)

Seasonal weather in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

If you're hoping to enjoy some warm-weather activities on your vacation, August, September, July and October are the hottest months to visit, when temperatures average 75°F.

Natural features

Exploring the beaches and other natural features in Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Cardiff-by-the-Sea is famous for its beautiful ocean views and breathtaking sunsets. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Cardiff-by-the-Sea is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's most enchanting natural features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • La Jolla Cove (11.6 mi / 18.7 km)
  • Mission Beach (17 mi / 27.3 km)
  • Encinitas Community Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Swamis Beach (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • San Diego Botanic Garden (2.3 mi / 3.7 km)
  • Moonlight State Beach (2.5 mi / 4 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Cardiff-by-the-Sea

Fly into Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), the closest airport, located 7.4 mi (11.9 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you could also fly into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 16.3 mi (26.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Cardiff-by-the-Sea?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 973 vacation rentals near Cardiff-by-the-Sea. From 426 Houses to 350 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cardiff-by-the-Sea are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cardiff-by-the-Sea?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cardiff-by-the-Sea:

  • Townsite: 791 vacation rentals
  • Carlsbad Village: 306 vacation rentals
  • La Jolla Shores: 555 vacation rentals
  • Crown Point: 1,239 vacation rentals
  • Midway District: 57 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cardiff-by-the-Sea?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Legoland California: 1,650 vacation rentals
  • Del Mar Beach: 1,067 vacation rentals
  • Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base: 2,444 vacation rentals
  • San Diego Zoo: 4,347 vacation rentals
  • Carlsbad State Beach: 2,534 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cardiff-by-the-Sea listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 426 Houses in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cardiff-by-the-Sea include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 350 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 28 rentals available
  • Cottages: 28 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Villas and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cardiff-by-the-Sea?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 407 vacation rentals with pool available in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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