Cardiff By The Sea is a lovely beach community located just to the north of Solana Beach. Although technically part of Encinitas, Cardiff, as it is known locally, has its own separate zip code apart from Encinitas. The quaint little village area is located just a block from the beach and its Cardiff Reef (The Reef) is a popular water sports location and very popular with surfers. Another hot spot in Cardiff is the San Elijo State Beach, which stretches for about two miles and offers wonderful camping and RV sites right on the bluff above the ocean. Cardiff is a laid-back environment and locals can often be found enjoying the several small restaurants and pubs, such as Pipes Café, the Seaside Market, and Besta-Wan Pizza. Evenings are fun and informal, and punctuated by the occasional train passing through.