San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center
Start here to learn the extensive trail paths that wind around this area. It's about a 15 minute drive.
Gorgeous, peaceful, lagoon hiking trails! You can hike on the North side of the lagoon in Cardiff, or drive over to the South side (Solana Beach) and hike through the slot canyon trail that just opened up to a beautiful lookout point (see photos).
This is a beautiful lagoon to walk around and bird watch. The nature center offers a lot of good information.
This is wonderful place to stroll after breakfast or lunch. Also great for photo opportunities.
If you are looking to get out in nature and learn bout the habitats this is a nice place to go that's nearby.
“Very friendly and social vibe with lots of Cardiff locals and kids running around inside and outside. Excellent brews! Bring food in from wherever you want - like East Coast Pizza next door or the famous and delicious deli at Seaside Market.”
“Great pizza and beer. they have a late night for cheap pizza after 9 or 10pm”
“Very local and friendly hang out. Great coffee and frozen coffee drinks, etc... One of my favorite places for a custom bagel or pre-made sandwich after the walk from Cardiff to Encinitas, or when touring the Self Realization Fellowship Gardens. Grab a bite and hang out there in the cute backyard at Java Hut, or on the benches at Swami's (1/4 mile south) for a beautiful view of one of the best surf breaks anywhere!”
“Really cool photos, stories, and artifacts of the way it used to be in Encinitas and Cardiff. Right next to San Diego Botanical Garden.”