South Carlsbad State Beach

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South Carlsbad State Beach
4.5
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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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Mark M
Chandler, AZ6 contributions
Beach kind of day
Jun 2021
Stay close by so the access to the beach was very nice. Not overcrowded and very clean. Good place to take the family or hangout with friends.
Written June 14, 2021
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Tony K
Moreno Valley, CA604 contributions
Nice Campground overlooking Ocean
May 2021 • Couples
So Cal has lots of nice Beaches with Campgrounds and this is one of them. We have been coming here for a long time. Bathrooms with Showers spaced out in mile long Campground plus Credit Cart operated RV Dump onsite
Written May 16, 2021
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Best2comeNancy
Dallas, TX39 contributions
Sunny
Apr 2021 • Family
Good spot for beach day. Easy to access. Restrooms on site thought did not use. Lifeguard near. Clean area
Written May 6, 2021
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ald3114
Philly, PA202 contributions
Peaceful and convenient
Apr 2021
Beautiful, breathtaking. It wasn't too crowded. Easy access. Parking wasn't complicated. Took my starbucks and sat on the beach. Great, peaceful getaway.
Written April 8, 2021
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Tucson16,016 contributions
North Ponto Beach & South Carlsbad State Beach
Mar 2021
Actually, these are 2 different stretches of beach but are lumped under one umbrella here on TA so, here goes:

North Ponto Beach is very rocky and maybe it has its charm. Nicest part are the sunsets. Because it was close for us (walking distance) from Seapointe Resort, we ended up here almost every night. Not too much else to do. Would not go out of my way to come here again if given choices.

South Carlsbad State Beach is adjacent to a very active camping site. We walked through it a few times on our way to the beach. If this is your cup of tea, then go for it.
Written April 4, 2021
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Kkoleary
Scottsdale, AZ702 contributions
Nice beach with easy access
Mar 2021
We went in March so the crowds are small and parking easy. Short walk along water is nice or just laying on the sand and watching the surf, either are doable. This is not necessarily a large beach so if parking is full I can assume beach will be crowded.
Written March 15, 2021
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Gregory H
Palomar Mountain, CA3 contributions
Great beach!
Sep 2020
This state beach is very popular and if you want to stay over in the campgrounds you'll have to get a reservation months (or even a year) in advance. Parking is sometimes difficult and you have to park on highway 101. Very beautiful beach though and a lot of locals park a block or two away from the state beach cliffs, then walk to gain access. If you're early enough you can buy a day pass for Ponto to park. California State also has space for yearly passes. Several accesses to beach.
Written December 24, 2020
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Anngmesa
7 contributions
Stunning view, lots of space.
Oct 2020
Easy parking but in summer it would be more crowded. Close to surf shop, burger bars etc. There is a significant slope down to the water at low tide, which at high tide would mean it gets deep quickly, so not an ideal place for little children or non-swimmers.
Written November 3, 2020
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Jenni G
Birmingham, AL133 contributions
Crowded and nowhere to park!
Aug 2020 • Friends
I guess I’m used to wide open beaches on the pan handle of Florida! This beach was not impressive at all! We rode for miles trying to find a park! The beach itself was ok-just ok. If you are going just fir the scenery, then that’s nice seeing the homes overlooking the ocean. But the beach, Nah! We had to walk down steep stairs just to access the beach. I guess it’s obvious, I was not impressed.
Written September 4, 2020
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dnaleciz
Moreno Valley, CA231 contributions
Nice Secluded Beach
Aug 2020
Figured since we drove a significant distance from home to the coast, we might as well check out the local beach. Carlsbad Visitor Center suggested we visit South Carlsbad State Beach for an unique perspective of the coast. South Carlsbad State Beach runs from Palomar Airport Road to La Costa Avenue. This particular beach has few amenities, except for the campgrounds and it is rather remote. The campground is located on the bluff overlooking the beach. Stairs lead down from the campground to the beach below. Major activities include fishing, picnicking, sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and scuba diving, Find sand makes this beach ideal for walking and jogging, however be aware of the rocks. Rocks are ever where. The beach was clean and not packed with sunbathers or swimmers during our visit. Restrooms are locate at the campground at the top of the bluff. Parking is available along Highway 101 in designated spots near the beach. Perfect cool weather for an August afternoon. Far cooler that the Inland Empire with it 108 degree temperature. Spent several hours walking along the shoreline and just watching the waves and birds. Had lots of fun. Great way to end our trip to Carlsbad.
Written September 3, 2020
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