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South Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-438-3143
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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%
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“great beach” (151 reviews)
“clean beach” (84 reviews)
“nice sand” (16 reviews)
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Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
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+1 760-438-3143
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"great beach"
in 151 reviews
"clean beach"
in 84 reviews
"nice sand"
in 16 reviews
"favorite beach"
in 16 reviews
"the pacific ocean"
in 15 reviews
"san diego"
in 20 reviews
"waves"
in 161 reviews
"surfers"
in 155 reviews
"surfing"
in 74 reviews
"rocks"
in 76 reviews
"tamarack"
in 20 reviews
"bluff"
in 25 reviews
"volleyball"
in 16 reviews
"sidewalk"
in 39 reviews
"shore"
in 33 reviews
"oceanside"
in 24 reviews
"tide"
in 16 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We showed up later in the afternoon and found plenty of room to pick a spot. It was clean and bathrooms, the portable kind, were available. Some street parking (free) was nearby, but paid lots were the other option. Strong currents were difficult to navigate,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

nice beach for camping - close to super market for grocery shopping and replenishing supplies - peaceful beach

Thank Robert E
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent a family birthday with both young kids and respected elders! great location. lots of parking and clean area.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We camped in the group spot which was great. Camping spots are pretty close together and the campground was very busy partly because it was full and partly because it gets a lot of local traffic as well. You have to walk down from the...More

1  Thank Tami C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Long stretch of beautiful beach along carlsbad hwy, close to carlsbad village where food and oubs are spread across the town. Nice sand, huge waves, plenty of room. More room and privacy the farther away from downtown Carlsbad, very enjoyable ambiance, Cali weather, a must...More

Thank bizzy21880
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely beach! Life guards, bathrooms and showers. You can walk all the way down to OCEANSIDE on the sand. Walk to the village for food to go and enjoy on your blanket watching stunning sunset. Plenty of parking on the side streets

Thank Jean K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of the better beaches in San Diego County and its not very crowded. Note that alcohol is not permitted. We had fun collecting unique rocks.

Thank Rod N
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What a gem of a beach and how lovely that treasures like this are free and open to the public. We found the beach after stopping at a nearby lunch place and we followed the sounds of happy kids at play. Families, couples and singles...More

Thank Patricia B
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had an evening walk on this beach with family and friends felt really safe and not crowded. My teens really enjoyed seeing all the wild bunnies on the hillside.

Thank Virginia-2345
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great beach for families and anyone looking for a good day at the beach. We are from N Ca but visit family in Carlsbad every year. Moonlight Beach In Encinitas is our favorite but this is a perfect second favorite. Lifeguards, restrooms,...More

Thank Mimi_California
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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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