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“great beach”(152 reviews)
“clean beach”(82 reviews)
“nice sand”(15 reviews)
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.
Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-438-3143
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed March 29, 2016

We were visiting friends in Carlsbad and wanted to get some beach time in. Knowing that I never wear a top at the beach, my friend took us to South Carlsbad State Beach -- a nice long stretch of beach at the foot of cliffs...More

14  Thank Jessica O
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed May 3, 2017 via mobile

Horrible place I didn't like it at the Carlsbad State beach there was trash all over the place and the restroom was not clean and it smelled horribly and the toilets in the men's restroom were not flushed at all I will never everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr return...More

2  Thank Nathan P
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lovely Carlsbad state camp ground overlooking the majestic views of ponto beach. Carlsbad has 7 miles of magnificent coastline.

Thank cottagebythesea
Reviewed 1 week ago

This local beach is very close to the road and easily accessible. There is both street parking with meters and free areas in the residential area. There is also a small parking lot. The beach is very clean and has a large sand area for...More

Thank baldeagle46
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Spouse Having Open Heart Surgery in LA in December came along. Carlsbad beaches! Parking never a problem! Easy axis! Hotels ride along the beach! Campsites right along the beach! Overnight sites beautiful for camping!

Thank Krissy E
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Worth every moment. Free parking on street. Walked around on sand next to water barefoot and enjoyed my time so relaxing and got all my steps in for the day! Would go again in a heart beat next time I visit!!!

Thank Sagastume K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went through the camper park and took the stairs down to a lovely stretch of beach with few people. The waves were just enough, and we were out of the way of the surfers.

Thank Lesu A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beach is clean and quiet. Beautiful place to spend a few hours. Wasn’t too crowded when I was there. Free parking along the road is a big plus!

Thank EmilyT508
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The beach is very clean and commands a gorgeous coastline view to admire. It’s not busy with sun worshipers. The walkways make it nice and easy to also view the beach and ocean. You can access the beach via wooden steps, that are available at...More

Thank 465RobertH465
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great private balcony, plush bed, spacious room and bathroom. Very attentive beach attendant, breakfast and reception personnel.

Thank Lulel0
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Enjoyed a walk on the beach....watching the huge waves from the Santa Ana winds passing through. Lots of families seem to find this as a nice place to bring the children. Enjoyed watching someone brave enough to swim across the tide.

Thank DMSims
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lifeguards on duty. Surfers enjoying the waves, families and people exercising. Restrooms on site and cement path goes partway.

Thank traveller_360063
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October 18, 2017|
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Response from Linda J C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am a Carlsbad resident and my husband is 98 years old. We like to park near the Best Western and walk the sidewalk above the beach. There is also a sidewalk down close to the sand, with a sloping asphalt path down to... More
October 10, 2017|
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Response from cowgirl509 | Reviewed this property |
yes, all the above and water fountains too
July 19, 2017|
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Response from Mtrip2129 | Reviewed this property |
There is parking along the road but we didn't go to the state beach