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South Carlsbad State Beach

San Diego, CA (Downtown)
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Ranked #50 of 215 attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Beaches, State Parks
Activities: Camping, Swimming
Description: RV campgrounds and uncrowded beaches are what you will find along this popular recreation area in San Diego.
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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Majestic views and very clean beaches. Great dining options and plenty of free parking all around here.

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Rock Island, Tennessee
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

Excellent surfing here, wonderfully nice people throughout the Carlsbad area.the shops and restaurants are awesome!

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San Diego, California, United States
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75 reviews 75 reviews
21 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We took the kids camping at S. Carlsbad State Beach campground on a beautiful, hot March weekend. Our spot was huge and on the bluffs over-looking the ocean. It was the perfect spot. We were just a few spots away from the stairs to the beach (very convenient) and near the bathrooms. The only reason I didn't give 5 stars... More

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Parker, Colorado
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74 reviews 74 reviews
3 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

This beach is very nice, clean and ideal for families. Plenty of restaurants/hotels close by; as well as shopping and an RV park down the road. Just a very nice area to spend the day or weekend.

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67 reviews 67 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We stayed for one night on the rv park and loved the location with easy access to a beautiful beach watching pelicans and whales. The welcome was pleasant and helpful but the one negative was that Reserve America's paperwork hinted at but did not emphasise a major problem with electricity on this site, hence we had to use our generator.... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Over all we had a lovely time. The check in was easy and the staff helpful for everything. We even had wood delivered to us once which was nice! The roaring waves while sleeping is always a beautiful thing and the surfers really seem to hang out here. A beautiful sunset, soccer on the beach, trees for the boys to... More

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Coronado, California
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229 reviews 229 reviews
61 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This is a great southern California beach. Clean, not crowded, beautiful scenery, great cliffs and sandy beach area. Free parking. The people are friendly. So clean, makes me proud of our large San Diego area community. Cliff climbing is very fun and a great workout but please be careful as the cliffs are made of sand and you can easily... More

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

There's not many campgrounds in So Cal, and only a handful at the beach. South Carlsbad State Beach is a decent place. Winter is a great time to visit: 70 deg weather and sunny. I've been camping during the weekdays and there are plenty of open spots. Weekend crowds fill up spots on Fri and Saturdays. There is car noise... More

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Kalispell, Montana
14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

I stayed 3 nights on the ocean side. The ocean side provides great views and the sound of roaring surf at night. That being said, you can still hear the traffic noise from the Pacific Coast Hwy. The sites that are less money, $35.00 are very close to the highway so are noisier. The road through the park is rather... More

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Stockton-on-Tees, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2013

We arrived at the camping not having pre booked (hard to access internet when on vacation) and were told the site we chose would be OK for 2 nights. We offered to pay for 2 nights but were told to pay for one at a time. When we returned on the second morning to pay for that night, we were... More

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