South Carlsbad State Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach
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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.
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Tony K
Moreno Valley, CA735 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
The Camping & Beach are really nice. I like sitting in camp and watching/hearing the waves. It’s definitely popular and hard to get reservations. Lots to see & do up and down the coastline.
Written 9 November 2023
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sdbadassmotoguide.com LLC
San Diego, CA10 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
I visit here often on my motorcycle! I take folks that visit our county on day tours in this and other areas. Cruising down Carlsbad Blvd and watching the waves and the people enjoying the fabulous weather we have here.
Written 31 October 2023
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Northern_Traveler00
California74,753 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Lots of free parking if you don’t mind walking, and since we were here for a walk . . . You get about two miles in the path along the beach plus the sidewalk above, past lots of surfers and sand and beach. Very popular with runners and walkers.
Written 22 October 2023
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StigJim
Alliance, OH551 contributions
Sept 2023 • Couples
Maybe it is the time of the year, or that we were in the wrong place near high tide, but we were underwhelmed. The section of beach we walked was narrow and had lots of rotting seaweed. It did appear to be popular with surfers, though, and some of what appeared to be a surf club caught some decent waves. As a beach for walking or putting out a beach chair, it pales in comparison to many in South Carolina, the Hawaiian Islands, and other popular beach locations I’ve visited.
Written 17 September 2023
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Love Bus Records - The Vinyl Destination
Carlsbad, CA6 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Great long Beach, gentle waves that break close to shore, family friendly awesome sunsets and plenty of lifeguards! Parking is pretty good too…
Written 23 July 2023
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flippyWisconsin
Black Earth, WI66 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
Carlsbad beach had a lot of seaweed on it and the sand wasn't very nice. Hard to find parking near the beach. NO BATHROOMS near the beach and ALL of the local restaurants/gas stations we went in to said they had "no restroom" or it was out of order. Even when we wanted to eat there.
Not a very friendly town.
Written 6 July 2023
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SMZ
Loudonville, United States28 contributions
Mar 2023
Beautiful beach with nice sand for the kids and not too overcrowded. Would definitely stay in Carlsbad again for this beach!
Written 20 April 2023
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Kathryn M
Lutz, FL173 contributions
Nov 2022
Fun to watch the surfers but boy was it cold, too cold to get in the water. The Gulf of Mexico is warm. The Atlantic Beaches in Florida are cold. But nothing beats the cold of the Pacific Ocean off of California. Wow. Still, November was easy to find parking which we understand is usually a real problem.
Written 1 December 2022
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smblevs
Manchester, NH16 contributions
Sept 2022 • Couples
Absolutely loved the beach and beautiful views, so serene and not crowded. Enjoyed watching the surfers and gorgeous sunsets. 🧡
Written 11 October 2022
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mtrimmins
103 contributions
Sept 2022
A day at the beach with friends. Clean beach, just a good hang out. And it was a really nice day. And not to crowded.
Written 27 September 2022
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