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South Carlsbad State Beach

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Address: San Diego, CA
Activities: Swimming, Camping
Description: RV campgrounds and uncrowded beaches are what you will find along this...
RV campgrounds and uncrowded beaches are what you will find along this popular recreation area in San Diego.
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Tent camping in April

We are a family of 4 and we tent camped for two nights on the south end of the campground. We stayed at site 164. Pros: bathrooms and showers were cleaned every morning and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
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Oceanside, CA
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Oceanside, CA
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9 reviews 9 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We are a family of 4 and we tent camped for two nights on the south end of the campground. We stayed at site 164. Pros: bathrooms and showers were cleaned every morning and had ample amounts of hot water and toilet paper. There was soap at the outside sink. The ramp to walk down to the beach was awesome... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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207 reviews 207 reviews
30 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Absolutely loved this place, sad it is so popular. Hard to get reservations, we tried 6 months in advance and could only get 5 nights, but well worth it.

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Pennsylvania
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37 reviews 37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Had a great time at this park. Stayed 3 nights oceanfront... Spectacular view. Watched waves, surfers and birds while sipping wine. Park Staff was very knowledgeable and helpful. Other campers very friendly. A variety of tents, campers and RVs. Lots of restaurants and stores within a couple miles. Highly recommend this place!

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California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

It was a real treat to camp on the cliffs. The beach is great, the waves were fun and the beers were plentiful. Make sure you bring plenty of wood to burn. Also, they will absolutely note let you check in prior to the 2pm check in time, so don't waste the energy. Also a second car will cost $15... More 

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Top Contributor
699 reviews 699 reviews
372 attraction reviews
181 helpful votes 181 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Better option than Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach or Mission Beaches! Much more relaxed ... decent waves for surfing and in general well maintained.

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San Fernando, Trinidad
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39 reviews 39 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

My nine year old had a blast . Told me he did not know it had such nice beaches in the USA being used to the warn waters in the Caribbean isles where we live .

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Chino Hills, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

The walk to this beach is short and you can use the equipment from the resort. We got lucky and had the front parking space and luckily we had our beach equipment.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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1,233 reviews 1,233 reviews
600 attraction reviews
362 helpful votes 362 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Gorgeous place to run, walk, surf, or just spend the day on the beach. What a beautiful place! I highly recommend a visit here. It's just too stunning to pass up!

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Whittier, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
22 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Wow this campground is amazing. Right on the cliffs of the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Camp sites are rural. No Electric or Water in the site. There are clean showers and flushing toilets through the campground. New to the campground are full hook up spots. Very clean and big. The walk to the beach is quick. Either a ramp that puts... More 

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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51 reviews 51 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The sand was clean with very little seaweed. If you want to surf or boogie board, it's a great place to do that (especially for beginners like my son). There is beach parking however it fills up pretty quickly so get there early. There is a small fee to park. Has restroom facilities and a shower to wash off before... More 

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