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South Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-438-3143
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Scenic Carlsbad Bike Tour with Lunch
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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” (150 reviews)
“clean beach” (84 reviews)
“favorite beach” (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 150 reviews
"clean beach"
in 84 reviews
"favorite beach"
in 16 reviews
"the pacific ocean"
in 15 reviews
"san diego"
in 20 reviews
"waves"
in 158 reviews
"surfers"
in 155 reviews
"surfing"
in 74 reviews
"rocks"
in 73 reviews
"tamarack"
in 20 reviews
"bluff"
in 25 reviews
"volleyball"
in 16 reviews
"sidewalk"
in 39 reviews
"shore"
in 33 reviews
"oceanside"
in 23 reviews
"tide"
in 16 reviews
"california"
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Reviewed 2 days 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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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great spot, quite and not to crowded when we went. Big rocks but nice sand and easy to get through. Kids 5/10 and 1 year had a great time.

Thank Katie H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Super close to Legoland! Not super packed. Water was great an loved our experience there. It was our kids first time to a beach and this was a great one to go to.

Thank Kimberly N
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very Clean, minimal people, lots of beach area to play, lounge, etc. Water wasn’t as cold as expected. Kids had a blast playing in the waves. Was pleasantly surprised at how gorgeous it was.

Thank joleenharris
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Clean, beautiful beach. Enough people around to not feel isolated but not crowded at all. Saw a seal on the beach, saw people fishing and others wading with small children. Parking along the street nearby, A great place to stop.

Thank Noname N
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is my favorite in southern California simply based on convenience of parking off the highway and so close from parking lot to beach . We are from out of town but always come to this beach when we visit . The waves and...More

Thank Megan T
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Bathrooms we clean but a fair amount of debris on the beach. Ample parking however. Good lookout above beach.

Thank grenisv
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice peaceful beach if you go before summer starts then it is so busy and hard to find a place to park.

Thank TallyMaui
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It was never crowded. We visited the beach twice during our 2 week stay. Parking can be a challenge. It is well cared for & seems like everyone follows the rules. I think the best tans are made at the beach!

Thank Coloradopegret
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The top of the wall can get breezy but the walk below feels sheltered with a view very clean place to watch the surfers

Thank pillowandfork
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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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