With a population of under 12,000, this small beach town has a lovely community feel. You will run into most neighbors at the local Seaside Market which is surrounded by restaurants and coffee shops - and of course the famous VG's donuts and bakery!
Cardiff Reef is a popular surf spot that produces waves both professional and novice surfers enjoy year-round. Surfing at The Reef has progressed from just a few surfers in the 1950s to become one of the most popular surfing spots in San Diego County. Cardiff Reef and nearby surf spot, Pipes, are famous for their smooth and consistent wave shape. When the tide is low, a flat rock reef is revealed that extends 50 yards from shore. Exploring these tide pools is a popular activity for visitors of Cardiff.