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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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Very nice beach!!!

very nice and family beach. We spent a day there and we loved it. Good and quiet to go with kids. There are some stones in the beach, good to play with!!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2014
Argmex
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Mexico City, Mexico
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

very nice and family beach. We spent a day there and we loved it. Good and quiet to go with kids. There are some stones in the beach, good to play with!!

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Middle East
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

The Map location of the South Carlsbad State Beach is pointing to an old park, fenced with graffiti. My family and I have spent quite some serious time in the car to reach a place not relating to the description. I hope no one follows the map as honestly as we did and gets misdirected. To whomever put the directions... More 

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los angeles
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

I've been camping at South Carlsbad State Beach many years... never get tired of it. You can enjoy a breathtaking view of the beach; stroll on the beach; play in the sand; swim in the ocean or surf... It's a nice place to relax while staying close to civilization. Supermarket and restaurants are walking distance. Weather is nice year round.... More 

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39 reviews 39 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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52 reviews 52 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
50 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
30 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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10 reviews 10 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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