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“great beach”(152 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 4 days ago

This is what you picture when you imagine a California beach. Beautiful ocean views, especially at sunset and surfing when the weather is right. There is pay parking and some street parking but the place seemed pretty full on a sunny fall day. If you're...More

Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely Carlsbad state camp ground overlooking the majestic views of ponto beach. Carlsbad has 7 miles of magnificent coastline.

Thank cottagebythesea
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This local beach is very close to the road and easily accessible. There is both street parking with meters and free areas in the residential area. There is also a small parking lot. The beach is very clean and has a large sand area for...More

Thank baldeagle46
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spouse Having Open Heart Surgery in LA in December came along. Carlsbad beaches! Parking never a problem! Easy axis! Hotels ride along the beach! Campsites right along the beach! Overnight sites beautiful for camping!

Thank Krissy E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Worth every moment. Free parking on street. Walked around on sand next to water barefoot and enjoyed my time so relaxing and got all my steps in for the day! Would go again in a heart beat next time I visit!!!

Thank Katvisiter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went through the camper park and took the stairs down to a lovely stretch of beach with few people. The waves were just enough, and we were out of the way of the surfers.

Thank Lesu A
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is clean and quiet. Beautiful place to spend a few hours. Wasn’t too crowded when I was there. Free parking along the road is a big plus!

Thank EmilyT508
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The beach is very clean and commands a gorgeous coastline view to admire. It’s not busy with sun worshipers. The walkways make it nice and easy to also view the beach and ocean. You can access the beach via wooden steps, that are available at...More

Thank 465RobertH465
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great private balcony, plush bed, spacious room and bathroom. Very attentive beach attendant, breakfast and reception personnel.

Thank Lulel0
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Enjoyed a walk on the beach....watching the huge waves from the Santa Ana winds passing through. Lots of families seem to find this as a nice place to bring the children. Enjoyed watching someone brave enough to swim across the tide.

Thank DMSims
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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