Solana Beach / Cardiff

Solana Beach / Cardiff

Small beach town with beautiful landscapes and charming shops.

Welcome to Solana Beach / Cardiff

Solana Beach/Cardiff is a fun yet laid-back coastal city that is characterized by its stunning beach beauty and hip personality. Located along the northern coast of San Diego County and a 30-minute drive from San Diego, this small suburban city is cool and breezy with a lot of heart. “Solana” is Spanish for the "sunny side," and this town embodies sunshine in every sense— both literally and physically. From its buoyant yet peaceful walkable areas to the annual festivals that have garnered attention and buzz, there’s always something to do and beautiful weather to get active in. Quiet yet charming, the tree-lined neighborhoods are full of gorgeous homes with Spanish-influenced and California-style architecture. Between the 1.7 miles of breathtaking beaches, parks, and eclectic shops, there are endless things to love about Solana Beach/Cardiff.

What to Love

  • Access to beautiful beaches
  • Gorgeous landscaping and views
  • Unique shops and boutiques
  • Quaint and friendly community

People & Lifestyle

The major hubs in SoCal are known for their busy streets and bustling people, but in Solana Beach/Cardiff, a slower lifestyle is king. There is a strong sense of community in the area, especially because of its friendly people and quaint size. It is known for being a family town, with many residents raising kids of all ages (many of whom walk to school). It’s a safe, active, and walkable community that takes pride in enjoying the smaller things in life—from a stroll through town to sunsets at one of the many seaside parks.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The food scene in Solana Beach/Cardiff reflects the town itself: cool and light in spirit. Pacific Coast Grill is an airy waterfront restaurant that’s a great spot for sushi, mussels, and other seafood options. The atmosphere is a chill, with comfortable wicker chairs and big, comfy earth-toned booths. Looking for somewhere unique? Alce 101 has its own private label tequila! The venue is a notable kitchen and tequileria with farm-to-table eats that are reminiscent of the Southwest. Here, you’ll find tasty tapas and shared plates on the menu. Claire’s on Cedros is a cozy and homey open-timbered spot that has delicious New American entrées, sandwiches, and homemade baked goods. If you’re a coffee fan, you’ll note that their coffee and espresso is brewed in-house daily.

Fletcher Cove

​​​​​​​Need to pick up some grocery items while you’re out? Seaside Market Cardiff is part-market, part-eatery. This gourmet store is popular for its fun-to-peruse items on the shelf and its freshly-prepared food (the tri-tip is fantastic). The market even has an outdoor eating area!

Cedros Avenue Design District

Seascape Surf

Things to Do

In Solana Beach/Cardiff, there’s always a one-of-a-kind opportunity to have an exciting day or night on the town. Cedros Design District captures the small-town charm of the area perfectly. This historic brightly shop-lined avenue spans two and a half blocks with over 85 charming boutiques and colorful stores that will keep you out and about all day. Not only will you find merchants and artisans in the district, but you’ll also stumble upon unique art galleries and outdoor cafés. For a picturesque park that’s part-beach, part-greenery, head to Fletcher Cove Beach Park. It has a beautiful observation deck for gorgeous views, coves, and cliffs to explore, grass to play on, a basketball court, picnic tables, and a playground—perfect for a family day out.

Fiesta Del Sol is one of Solana Beach/Cardiff’s most impressive festivals. This annual free beachside music event brings all kinds of artists and food vendors right to the area. The Cardiff Greek Festival is a cultural event that hosts a variety of Greek artisans and vendors. Take in everything from the music, to the food, to the art.


Solana Beach Elementary School District and San Dieguito Union High School District have several highly-rated schools and educational facilities of note, including:

  • Solana Vista Elementary School, Public, K-3
  • Earl Warren Middle School, Public, 7-8
  • Santa Fe Christian Schools, Private, PK-12

Overview for Solana Beach / Cardiff, CA

14,278 people live in Solana Beach / Cardiff, where the median age is 46.4 and the average individual income is $73,674.64. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

46.4 years

Median Age


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Around Solana Beach / Cardiff, CA

There's plenty to do around Solana Beach / Cardiff, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Very Walkable
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Somewhat Bikeable
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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including The Hidden Kitchen, Neiki Solana Beach, and Surfing Madonna.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.56 miles 12 reviews 5/5 stars
Shopping 0.85 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.65 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.14 miles 8 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.66 miles 5 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 3.59 miles 10 reviews 5/5 stars

Demographics and Employment Data for Solana Beach / Cardiff, CA

Solana Beach / Cardiff has 5,860 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Solana Beach / Cardiff do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 14,278 people call Solana Beach / Cardiff home. The population density is 2,623.64 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population


Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.


Median Age

46.53 / 53.47%

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Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • High School Degree
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
  • Graduate Degree

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes

Schools in Solana Beach / Cardiff, CA

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The following schools are within or nearby Solana Beach / Cardiff. The rating and statistics can serve as a starting point to make baseline comparisons on the right schools for your family. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.
School rating
K - 6th
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7th - 8th
PreK - 8th
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Fusion Academy Slb: Solana Beach
6th - 12th
No rating available
K - 3rd
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Santa Fe Christian Schools
PreK - 12th
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