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There's Nowhere Quite Like Cardiff

01 | overview

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California’s Original Beach Retreat

You’re invited to a front-row seat to some of the best sunsets in the world, along the sparkling shores Cardiff-by-the-Sea and at a boutique beach retreat like no other. Cardiff Lodge welcomes you with its breathtaking ocean views, charming location close to San Diego, and attentive service that will make your stay even more memorable.

Three features to fall for


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Our Cardiff beach hotel is on a coastline known for its wide-open beaches, spectacular cliffs and amazing surfing.


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Ocean View

Pull back your curtains and gaze at the waves rolling in from the endless Pacific Ocean.


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Guest Service

Our boutique hotel in Cardiff, CA, offers the utmost in personalized service throughout your stay.

03 | rooms

a bed with a wooden frame

17 Ways to Unwind

Our collection of well-appointed accommodations takes relaxation and disconnecting with the world to a whole new level. Add breathtaking ocean views and you may never want to leave.


  • tripadvisor

    I’ve stayed at this property for 3 consecutive years and I’m getting ready to book my 4th trip back. I love this place! Between the super friendly staff, amazing location, and spectacular views. Cardiff by the Sea Lodge has it all."
    - PilgrimGirlTravel
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    We love visiting this charming hotel close to the ocean. The best part is the rooftop hot tub and fire pit with gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean, especially at sunset. We brought our breakfast up there each day to enjoy the morning sun."
    - Kathy17107
  • tripadvisor

    The people, the amenities, the spot, the breakfast basket hanging on our door, and putting our feet up by the fireplace each evening. It was all incredible and we can’t wait to go back!"
    - Quest54437069538
  • tripadvisor

    Extremely accommodating staff. Felt like we were being hosted at someone's home. Unique rooms, great views. Easy access to shops and especially the beach. Great hiking and treasure hunting all in close proximity."
    - Coastal28402672149
  • tripadvisor

    Simply amazing and the location is accessible to everything—food, the beach, and great restaurants. The staff go above and beyond to make their guests feel at home. I simply love the beach atmosphere this beautiful charmer has to offer! "
    - Esther M.

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Chart Your
Course to Cardiff

Our charming hotel near Encinitas is right on the beach, close to awe-inspiring cliffs and awesome surfing. Plus you're minutes away from popular San Diego attractions and eateries, diners, trattorias and cafés galore.

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