Cardiff Journals

Charming Cardiff - North of San Diego

Best of IgoUgo

A travel journal to Cardiff by travelprone

Cardiff Seaside Market Photo, Cardiff, California More Photos
Quote: Retaining its village charm, coastal Cardiff attracts experienced surfers, campers, nature lovers and ecologically sensitive visitors who, like locals, prefer non-chain shopping and intimate art galleries. With a little over 11 thousand citizens, it strives to retain its own zip code & identity.

Charming Cardiff - North of San Diego

Best Of IgoUgo

Overview

The annual Greek Festival at this church Photo, Cardiff, California
Quote:
Camping at San Elijo State Beach on the edge of the Pacific.Exploring the rare wetland wonders of the San Elijo Ecological Preserve.Enjoying a VG donut and steaming good coffee breakfast.Picking up gourmet/organic picnic goodies at the Seaside Market and picnicking at fully equipped Glen Park.Discovering a local artist's gallery of Cardiff-inspired productions. Drinking in the youthful Greek line dancing at Sts. Constantine & Helen's Church Festival. Above all, catching sunrise and sunset in one of the top surfer capitals of the world, at Swami's or Beacon's Beach. Quick Tips: The Coast News(free, issued on weekly Wednesdays) has the Cardiff scoop on t...Read More

Pipes Cafe

Best Of IgoUgo

Restaurant

Pipes Cafe Photo, Cardiff, California
Quote:
After a photo shoot at the nearby(across the street)Seaside Market my son and I joined the noon-day crowd at Pipes, named for the section of ocean just north of Cardiff Beach that is favored by expert surfers,especially during winter. This lunch and dinner only (7-3), open daily establishment is well-known and especially popular on weekends when lines of customers stream out onto the sidewalk in front of the place. Its very limited, but well-done, menu highlights the burrito,with a variety of fillings,in both breakfast & lunch versions,at an economical price under $4.00.We like Mexican so we enjoyed nippy burritos in that style, but they also serve up Burritos with less spicy fillings. For br...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 11, 2002

Pipes Cafe
123 Liverpool Drive
Cardiff, California 92007
(760) 632-0056

Cardiff Cards Community Center

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Quote:
Therese Bushen is the owner of this center, the full title of which is Cardiff Cards Community Creative & Cultural Center. Ms Bushen works in many media, but I like her oils, watercolors, and engravings best because they focus on the local scene that is fast fading in coastal Encinitas. Like many others, she's moved north of Cardiff into downtown Encinitas where her exposure to tourists is greater. This center not only offers her works, but is also the location from which she teaches art classes to young and old, beginners and other artists. To survive as an artist on the North County scene, which has literally thousands of artists all competing for attention, the owner also sells t-shirts, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 21, 2002

Cardiff Cards Community Center
766 S. Coast Hwy.101
Cardiff, California

San Elijo State Beach Campground

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Quote:
Very prized, especially by young European visitors, this ocean-edge campground needs to be reserved 6 months to one year in advance. Quiet hours are enforced between 10p.m.& 6 a.m. - this is a family campground, and there's a curfew of 10 p.m. for all juveniles under 18 years of age. There's a maximum of 8 people per site, and dogs must be on a leash of less than 6 feet at all times (dogs-cost $1.00 per night). Also, dogs are not permitted on the beach at night. Each site is subject to a maximum of 3 vehicles including a trailer (extra, nominal fees for vehicles 2 & 3). The preferred, oceanfront sites, are separated from the inland sites by the park road, and, of course, these ocea...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

San Elijo State Beach Campground
2050 North Highway 101
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
(760) 753-5091

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Quote:
It's a huge area: over 900 acres of wetlands that have been seriously threatened by human construction and development since 1840 when the area was first settled. A citizens' non-profit group, the San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy, has worked for the past 18 years with federal, state, and local authorities to improve the estuary's opening to the ocean, to allow healthy conditions to prevail in this area. Bird watchers will be especially delighted by this preserve; one can see many migrators, like Canadian Geese, many nesting species, and a number of increasingly rare birds in this setting. The Conservancy has an excellent web site on which there is a slide show of the many birds to be seen here at va...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve
West of I-5 on Manchester Ave
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California 92024
(760) 436-3944

VG Donuts & Bakery

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "VG Bakery"

VG Donuts & Bakery Photo, Cardiff, California
Quote:
Tucked away into a nondescript corner mall, just west of the Besta Wan (see hwlermnky's Cardiff journal),is this award-winning bakery. It's been a locals' favorite since it opened in 1969. The VG stands for "very good," and that's what their creations, especially their donuts,are; I prefer them by far to Krispy Kreme, currently the favorite here because some supermarkets like Staters have started to stock them daily. Like the Besta Wan, this business is now staffed by the third generation of the family that established it. Continuity is a Cardiff characteristic. Introduced to this "fixture" by our son, who wanted a dessert after we'd had the Tuesday night lasagna special at the Besta Wan, I succu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

VG Donuts & Bakery
106 Aberdeen Drive
Cardiff, California 92007
(760) 753-2400

Cardiff Seaside Market

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Seaside Market& Glen Park Picnic"

Cardiff Seaside Market Photo, Cardiff, California
Quote:
Located in the Cardiff Town Centre, this locally-owned market is one of the few of its breed left. Its produce section has an abundance of organically-grown products to please local preferences, but it also carries non-organic. There's an old-fashioned butcher's counter, as well as an up-to-date cuisine section that includes entrees, side-dishes, salads & desserts that you can take out. There is also a sushi counter that caters to modern Southern Californian tastes; the sushi chefs will prepare the tuna rolls, inari, or California rolls you want right before your eyes. Midwest beef is featured in their meat department, which is also stocked with kabobs, sausages, and seafood, along with ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 20, 2002

Cardiff Seaside Market
2087 San Elijo Avenue & 2149 Orinda Drive
Cardiff, California 92007
(760) 753-5445

Sunny Skys Bikinis

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction

Sunny Skys Bikinis Photo, Cardiff, California
Quote:
Yes, it should be spelt "Skies," but why quibble with a lady who has for 24 years specialized in selling non-cookie-cutter swimwear and realized way ahead of department stores that, for the best fit, women’s tops and bottoms shouldn’t always be the same size. Thus, tops and bottoms here are sold separately. Having recognized reality long before others in the swimwear biz, the proprietor of this shop kept files on her client’s measurements (and, made "adjustments" as the facts changed), thus providing a much-needed service). Now, the children of many of her old clients are her customers. But there’s much more here than just swimsuits that fit, for there are sandals, sarongs and pareos, sun hats, loti...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2002

Sunny Skys Bikinis
2101 San Elijo Avenue
Cardiff, California 92007
(760) 436-8810

Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Housing

Best Of IgoUgo

Attraction | "Sts. Constantine & Helen Greek Festival"

Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Housing Photo, Cardiff, California
Quote:
I can hardly wait till September 7th! On that Saturday, I can transport myself for a few hours back to Greece, to Rhodes, where, in 1992, I had the most glorious five days in the only " foreign" place where I felt instantly at home. On that Saturday and on Sunday, September 8th, the Greek Festival at the beautiful church located in the tiny slice of Cardiff that is not coastal, will commence with a loud, "Yasou!" Like the Hawaiian "Aloha," this word means "Hello," " Goodbye, "and, in some instances, "How are you?" For, in Greek culture, amidst constant change, the primary focus is on wellbeing, on enjoying life, not being enslaved by it. Though the emphasis at this festival is on food and drink, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 30, 2002

Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Housing
3459 Manchester Avenue
Cardiff, California 92007
(760) 632-8066

Top Surfing-Swami's & Beacon's Beach

Best Of IgoUgo

Story/Tip

Quote:
Often referred to as the "Western Riviera," the North County San Diego area is home to many top surfers, like Rob Machado, and it attracts world-class surfers from around the world, especially to Swami's Beach and Beacon's Beach. Cardiff State Beach and Cardiff Reef hosts the annual Rob Machado Surf Classic every September; an opportunity for for talented new surfers to win prizes and recognition in the surfing world. Surfing magazines consistently rate these two Encinitas beaches among the TOP TEN places in the WORLD for surfing. It's no wonder that many of the world's top surfers as well as famed, older "heroes" of the surfing world, live near these beaches. If you live here, there's no escape ...Read More

About the Writer

travelprone

travelprone
Carlsbad, California

More Cardiff Journals

Cardiff-by-the-Sea, True Rest