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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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Cardiff-by-the-Sea?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 901 house rentals around Cardiff-by-the-Sea. From 399 Houses to 326 Condos/Apartments, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Cardiff-by-the-Sea is on HomeAway.

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

Whether you're travelling 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: 771 vacation rentals
  • South Oceanside: 319 vacation rentals
  • Carlsbad Village: 305 vacation rentals
  • Leucadia: 369 vacation rentals
  • Mount Helix: 167 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, 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 travelling to Cardiff-by-the-Sea?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices 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:

  • Eli Howard Surf School: 5,246 home rentals
  • Encinitas Community Park: 5,023 home rentals
  • Del Mar Beach: 1,034 home rentals
  • Legoland California: 1,606 home rentals
  • Pacific Beach Park: 5,952 home 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 399 Houses in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cardiff-by-the-Sea include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 326 lodging choices
  • Bungalows: 27 lodging choices
  • Cottages: 27 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes 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 392 vacation homes with pool available in Cardiff-by-the-Sea.

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