With a population of under 12,000, Cardiff-by-the-Sea operates as part of the city of Encinitas, but unlike other communities that comprise Encinitas, Cardiff has its own zipcode of 92007. The median home in Cardiff is $1.7 million, which is more expensive than 95.7% of the neighborhoods in California, and in the top 99% of neighborhoods in the US. To the west, in the blue Pacific Ocean, you'll find two of the most popular surf spots in SoCal, Swami's and Cardiff Reef. This laid-back beach town is known for the infamous Cardiff Kook, who can be seen dressed by the locals along Highway 101. Besides the Kook, Cardiff has beachfront, 5-star dining, including the world-famous Seaside market, home of the best "Cardiff Crack" tri-tip!