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South Carlsbad State Beach

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Address: San Diego, CA
Activities: Camping, Swimming
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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clean beach camping

Campsites are clean, bathrooms & showers are used heavily so can get grimy at night but are cleaned daily. My husband calls this 'entry level camping', good for people who haven't... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Henderson, Nevada
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Henderson, Nevada
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Campsites are clean, bathrooms & showers are used heavily so can get grimy at night but are cleaned daily. My husband calls this 'entry level camping', good for people who haven't ever or don't camp much because there are stores and civilization nearby, and bathrooms/showers on site. Pack food up when heading down to the beach for the day- squirrels... More 

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Chula Vista, California
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85 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I lived in Carlsbad for over a year, and this beach has got one of the most breath taking views I have ever seen. Perhaps it's because I am familiar with it. Drive on the 101 and you will gaze on this beautiful beach. Always clean and great for the family and picnics. Also wonderful if you have dogs. Some... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015 via mobile

Just stayed here last night. Site #178. Just steps from beach access and short walk from bathroom. Very enjoyable stay!

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Oceanside, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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260 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Address: San Diego, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown

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