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“great beach”(159 reviews)
“clean beach”(91 reviews)
“nice sand”(16 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

Great walk along the ocean side bluffs from the village to the old power plant. Sidewalk separated from traffic. Some slight grades but mostly flat. Very safe, even in the evening. Great for strolling with your dog and/or kids, power walking or jogging. Lots of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Cindy C
Reviewed 5 days ago

Awesome, It is a San Diego County beach with coastal bluffs. Popular activities include swimming, surfing and body boarding several nearby breaks, scuba diving, fishing, and beach combing.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Aceeissa
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This Beach is large and always clean and beautiful. I live walking distance from this beach, and it’s my happy place

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Tara M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to Carlsbad state beach with my cousin and her little girls. We planned our trip so we could walk on the beach, and also go to the tide pools during low tide. The beach was very clean and the weather was so warm. A...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank leannejohnson621
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We dedicated one day to driving along the cost from Carlsbad up to San Diego with the several stops on the beach. We were mainly interested in photographing and from this point of view the Carlsbad beach was the least interesting, almost boring. But I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank EvaF2Eva
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed in Carlsbad for three days for a work event. Driving to and from the airport I had to stop at this beach to sink my toes in the sand for just 30 minutes. It was a clean beach. I felt safe. It was just...More

Date of experience: February 2019
1  Thank BWRZBYZ
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful place to relax and enjoy the sun rises and sunsets. Enjoy watching people surfing or children playing in the sand and others walking along the beach.

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank sharwitt
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

great beach, reasonable parking, interesting rocks and tide pools near the headland, I am assured the surfing is great, and the sunsets are MAGNIFICENT!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank scubal0ver
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Clean beach. Lots of surfers even though it was cold. Didn't see any shells but maybe it was the wrong time of day.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CarolccCNA
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I walk at sunset about 5 days out of 7. Every walk is interesting. The ocean and sky look different every day. Other walkers are very friendly.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ZiggyLady
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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