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South Carlsbad State Beach

San Diego, CA (Downtown)
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Ranked #45 of 225 attractions in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 via mobile

I have been coming to this beach for over 30yrs off and on. We have come the last 2 yrs., still great views and bathrooms are good. But some of the sights need work. Our fire pit is barley holding on. They only have a few working stairwells to the beach so depending on where your site is you might... More

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Beaumont, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

First time staying here, not disappointed! View is to die for! We went to sleep with the soothing sound of the ocean waves and ate dinner with the ocean views with dolphins and even saw a whale! So awesome will be back!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was our first time camping here! We usually camp where we have to load up and drive to the beach this was soooo much nicer my son went out surfing first thing and I could watch him from our site! We saw dolphins and even a whale while eating dinner the view was unreal and so calming to sleep... More

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Tucson, Arizona
3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

We went on the 4th of July weekend so parking was sparse and we paid $15 to park in a prime location with immediate beach access, bathrooms and showers near by. We spent a good portion of the day swimming, playing in the sand and trying to catch some waves. The beach was not too crowded considering it was a... More

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Elgin, Illinois
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76 reviews 76 reviews
46 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We had a great night camping practically on the beach. The sites are up near the road and ours was looking out over the ocean. The restrooms were nearby and plentiful. The access to the beach was close by and our kids love waking up and strolling the beach looking for shells. The people (rangers, shop workers, etc) were wonderfully... More

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Boston, MA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
20 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I went to Carlsbad State Beach because they have a beach wheelchair. To get the chair, you go to the main entrance, give them your driver's license which they photocopy, sign a release, and then they give you a code for the locker that is actually at South Ponto beach. You drive down to South Ponto beach, park in the... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

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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80 reviews 80 reviews
23 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
6 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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