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Address: Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Phone Number: 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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Scenic Carlsbad Bike Tour with Lunch

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It's clean, it's beautiful, it's natural and doesn't get very crowded. If you want a great beach with little headaches, this is what California beaches should be like. For the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
russ p
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Carlsbad, California
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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

It's clean, it's beautiful, it's natural and doesn't get very crowded. If you want a great beach with little headaches, this is what California beaches should be like. For the most part the waves a good for both the kids and the surfers. Just pack up some food and sunscreen. No amenities within walking distance.

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Gothenburg, Sweden
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a nice, long and sandy beach which is worth a visit if you are in Carlsbad. There’s a local road along the beach and you can park along the road or in a parking space right next to the beach. The beach is family friendly and you need to walk quite far before the water gets deep. The... More 

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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great safe and family friendly beach. Free parking on street and close by. Easy access via steps. Great surf. No frills but a great beach.

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Thank Paul B
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Carlsbad beach - clean, spiritual, long stretching, free parking, life-guarded, stunning sunset,...love it all! Rented bikes and also walked the shores. Not too crowded.

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Vista, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I like walking the sea wall at sunrise before it gets too busy. Fresh salt air and a cup of coffee. Also a great place to walk the dog and people watch. There are tables to picnic at and ample parking along Coast Hwy. and in the lot at the end of Tamarack.Good waves when it's on.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fairly subdued beach. Perfect place to escape the teens and college kids. Too many of the beaches in Cali are over crowded and full of punks. Carlsbad is great for the family. It's still a busy area, but I've always been able to find a good spot without having a share beach towels with the party next to me.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Clean beach with available "Free" parking along the roadway. Great waves for surfing and/or boogie boarding / swimming. Protected by Life guards who keep watch from tower stands.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The beach is beautiful and clean. There are lifeguards spaced a little too far apart. The surf here had a rip current and the lifeguard came over and told us about it, which was very nice. The beach isn't the greatest for kids only because the slope into the surf is a little too steep for kids swimming. Also there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

During our stay, the beach was never over crowded. We were able to enjoy some decent waves for body surfing. The views at sunset were beautiful!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The waves can get large for little kids but the beaches are nice and spreadout of people. Most shops are within walking distance and have some showers for getting off the pesky sand. Close distance from the Carlsbad Village.

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