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“great beach”(150 reviews)
“clean beach”(82 reviews)
“nice sand”(15 reviews)
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.
Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-438-3143
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This beach is absolutely beautiful. Very long. Soft sand clean water. I'm going back again today for the third time in a row. I love this place. One of the prettier beaches I've been to in California.

Thank Robin T
Reviewed 5 days ago

Beach camping on the bluff above the beach. Does not get much better than a tent trailer backed up to the fence line - windows unzipped - down comforter - pillows - sounds of the wave and the sea breeze blowing through the trailer! Best...More

Thank Bill S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Carlsbad beaches continue the vast expansive beach experience that is common on the Pacific, not as wide as many beaches in Mailibu/Santa Monica for example, but filled with surfers and sunbathers with amenities and lifeguards. Wish the sand were whiter, but looked clean nonetheless. Nice...More

Thank PlatinumHoney
Reviewed 1 week ago

The beach is along Carlsbad Blvd. and is also a state camping ground. There are also surfers, bikers, and sunset watchers.

Thank 30ramong
Reviewed 1 week ago

This beach is located in Carlsbad California. My son and I have been coming to this beach for years to surf and have fun with friends. The surf is nice for beginners and advanced surfers. The beach is clean and free of debris. There are...More

Thank Todd D
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nice beach but small parking lot. There aren’t really any places within walking distance so bring food with you to the beach. The waves are very big. There’s some seaweed but not an uncomfortable amount. We saw dolphins swimming in the waves - so cool....More

Thank Kris91
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the area and the pictures say it all. Long stair case gets you down to a rocky beach. The camping however is dusty and the washrooms are sub-par. I guess it should be expected for a provincial park and for the price.

Thank Bulletgreen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a 'continuous stretch of beach that extends several miles toward oceanside - perfect for long walks. A few spots may get your wet due to either low sand or high tide ... and bottom in some areas is irregular so you can go...More

Thank onetravelman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

These waves were massive. The 8 and 5 year old kids had a great time playing in them and body surf as they crashed onto the beach. But they were too large to let them swim out in. We lucked out with parking in the...More

Thank Flyer272776
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I live near a beach that has a worldwide reputation for surfing and body surfing. But this beach adds the cleanliness of a well-maintained beach. The sand is clean the water is clean and the waves were a blast to play in for kids to...More

Thank SoCalScotts
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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
11 October 2017|
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Response from cowgirl509 | Reviewed this property |
yes, all the above and water fountains too
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