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South Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-438-3143
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Scenic Carlsbad Bike Tour with Lunch
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“great beach” (148 reviews)
“clean beach” (84 reviews)
“favorite beach” (15 reviews)
LOCATION
Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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+1 760-438-3143

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Reviewed yesterday

While it’s nice to see and be near the ocean, so to hoards of people. Way too many cars and people. Parking is ALWAYS a nightmare. Driving in bumper to bumper traffic is ALWAYS a nightmare. How do the locals do this EVERY DAY? Even...More

Thank Chris B
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Disclaimer: we are from the frozen north of Canada. When we arrived in Carlsbad we just couldn’t wait to get to the beach. This place didn’t not disappoint. Lots of space and great waves.

2  Thank TravellingMatthieu
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great area to go with kids. Also like the paved walking path that goes on and on. If walking through the sand is too strenuous for you, you can use the path and still enjoy the beautiful view.

Thank Diane S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always plenty of parking for a long walk at sunrise, sunset, or any time of day. Often the pelicans will follow the surfers in the tube of the wave for a great memory! You may want to take a windbreaker.

Thank Howard A
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found it easy to find a place to park. Plenty of beach entrances but plan on lots of stairs. Clean beaches, lots of rocks on beach.

Thank Joseph W
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Reviewed 16 March 2018 via mobile

My kids loved it. Clean, wide, not crowded. We parked on road for free. No toilets around. Lunch later at nearby taco place - kids loved the cheese quesadilla!

Thank Calgaryskichick
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Reviewed 14 March 2018

Nice beach, got there to late, tide was high, so we weren't able to get to the tide pools, but clean and quiet beach.

1  Thank BigSoccer
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

excellent parking near beach with a bathroom that was clean for those hiking, biking and swimming in the area.

Thank mariethpauley
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Reviewed 5 March 2018

This is a lightly-traveled beach area, and was certainly not overcrowded during our February visit. We were at the "North Ponto" area of the beach. The kids enjoyed climbing on some of the boulders and rocks holding back the coastline from erosion, but there was...More

Thank Chip B
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Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

I think this is really my favorite beach chair because it’s so long and wide and clean and out of view from the Pacific Coast Highway. This is the beach where you can take a nice long walk and not hear or see any automobiles.

1  Thank Teresa F
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Gattamom
18 October 2017|
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Response from Linda J C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am a Carlsbad resident and my husband is 98 years old. We like to park near the Best Western and walk the sidewalk above the beach. There is also a sidewalk down close to the sand, with a sloping asphalt path down to... More
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Jcart13
11 October 2017|
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Response from cowgirl509 | Reviewed this property |
yes, all the above and water fountains too
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skk69
19 July 2017|
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Response from Mtrip2129 | Reviewed this property |
There is parking along the road but we didn't go to the state beach
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