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Address: Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: +1 760-438-3143
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This nearly five-mile stretch of beach is popular with families but also...

This nearly five-mile stretch of beach is popular with families but also draws surfers and skin divers to the water and runners and cyclists to the boulevard bordering the beach.

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Scenic Carlsbad Bike Tour with Lunch
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...Once during the day, and again at sunset -- both fun on a wintry day. The sand is extra firm, so would work for running or cycling. Steps down to the sand vary greatly in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Bushnell, Florida

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Bushnell, Florida
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355 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

...Once during the day, and again at sunset -- both fun on a wintry day. The sand is extra firm, so would work for running or cycling. Steps down to the sand vary greatly in steepness, so choose your route with your mobility in mind. Also, on our visit there was a very steep dropoff in the sand; we saw... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Overall, this was a nice beach with both paid and unpaid parking. I did not see any showers, which would have been nice to have near the paid parking to get sand off before getting into the car.

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Oceanside, California
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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There is not really the best time to travel to this beautiful beach town. Any time of year delivers. The summers are usually crowded and the winters chilly, but you can always find something to do. The beach is stunning, with lots of sand, good breaks for surfing, and a boardwalk for fitness.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great spot to surf, swim, watch a sunset, run or walk! Rainy, windy or sunny it's a great beach with a seawall and clean clear walking/running paths. Great for bikes too

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Stopped here after a drive in from Arizona and it was an excellent beach. There are changing rooms, the sand was clean, parking was only $2/hour and the whole atmosphere was great. We'll be back.

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great safe place to walk and enjoy the sun, ocean and people. I went early in mornings to walk every day. Parking was easy earlier in the morning but got very busy later in the morning and my parking place was quickly snatched up

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Rescue
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great beach that is safe for families to enjoy. Children can run, and have fun on this large beautiful beach. Great sunsets.

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Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful beaches, clean, easy to get to and park, you pay ($6 for 2 hrs) in some place but not all, beautiful and clean, great for surfing, a very pleasant couple of hours walking up and down, quite during the week, does get busy at weekends, but loads of room. A must see attraction

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Goodyear, Arizona, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I went here with my little daughter in June I was very impressed it wasn't crazily crowded or dirty like most beaches are nowadays. We had such a great time! We will without a doubt be going back to play again this next summer.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Terrible beach, stay away, we don't want it to get to crowded for us to enjoy. If you're reading this because of my low rating, just keep on looking for another beach. We don't want this one to become too popular and be ruined like so many other So Cal beaches.

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