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Address: Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: +1 760-438-3143
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This nearly five-mile stretch of beach is popular with families but also...

This nearly five-mile stretch of beach is popular with families but also draws surfers and skin divers to the water and runners and cyclists to the boulevard bordering the beach.

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A Photographers & Surfers Paradise

Great little beach town that packs lots of swagger and great weather! Very much a dog friendly community and the state beach is fantastic at sunset. By far my favorite city in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Reno, Nevada

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Reno, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great little beach town that packs lots of swagger and great weather! Very much a dog friendly community and the state beach is fantastic at sunset. By far my favorite city in California. Bring your camera and find a board. Simply fantastic!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place to walk on a paved path at sunset or take your shoes off and walk on the wet sand. Weekdays before 3 p.m. or less crowded.

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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I visited the beach to run and I could decide on whethere to run on the sand or along the path. Either way there was a great view of the sea and plenty of places to park. It's a lovely place to be on a sunny day and it's highly recommended.

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New York, New York, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Make sure you get to the beach about ten minutes prior to sunset. The wait is worth it. IT has some of he most stunning sunsets I have seen. The pinks and magentas and gold colors are amazing. VEry serene and meditative. Bring a camera.

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Houston, TX
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beach is nice, fairly quiet, water is pretty rough so you need to watch kids carefully. There are volleyball nets if yout are there with a group. Surfers go a little further south for better waves.

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Bushnell, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

...Once during the day, and again at sunset -- both fun on a wintry day. The sand is extra firm, so would work for running or cycling. Steps down to the sand vary greatly in steepness, so choose your route with your mobility in mind. Also, on our visit there was a very steep dropoff in the sand; we saw... More 

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Houston, Texas, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Overall, this was a nice beach with both paid and unpaid parking. I did not see any showers, which would have been nice to have near the paid parking to get sand off before getting into the car.

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Oceanside, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

There is not really the best time to travel to this beautiful beach town. Any time of year delivers. The summers are usually crowded and the winters chilly, but you can always find something to do. The beach is stunning, with lots of sand, good breaks for surfing, and a boardwalk for fitness.

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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great spot to surf, swim, watch a sunset, run or walk! Rainy, windy or sunny it's a great beach with a seawall and clean clear walking/running paths. Great for bikes too

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Tucson, Arizona
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here after a drive in from Arizona and it was an excellent beach. There are changing rooms, the sand was clean, parking was only $2/hour and the whole atmosphere was great. We'll be back.

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