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Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-438-3143
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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.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-438-3143

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Reviewed December 18, 2016

No trip to California is complete without a trip to the beach, even in November! The day was sunny and mild, with some surf for those inclined. Although the water's a bit too chilly to do more than dabble our toes, the walk on the...More

Thank Sue P
Reviewed December 17, 2016

Just down the road from our hotel in Carlsbad; we enjoyed a visit to this beach. The sand goes on for miles, parking is easy and free. Not crowded at all, and the sunset was wonderful.

Thank krestona
Reviewed December 15, 2016

The beach is quiet and has a nice bluff to help block the wind. A short walk to the south brings you to a fun state beach with wide open space to play, find your own place to take in some sun. Very natural beach...More

Thank higginsbizwiz
Reviewed December 15, 2016 via mobile

Thus is a great place to walk during December and enjoy moderate weather for a stroll and beach combing.

Thank Lynn M
Reviewed December 7, 2016

At the time of our visit there was a lot construction going on in the area, so alot of the area was blocked. The bathroom on the beach didn't have anyplace to wash your hands. Not even any hand sanitizer, was not happy about that.

Thank U4729YRbrianf
Reviewed December 5, 2016 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.

Thank Susie B
Reviewed December 3, 2016

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...More

Thank Tom B
Reviewed December 3, 2016

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.

Thank Kaijk
Reviewed December 3, 2016

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.

Thank stephenfV7520TN
Reviewed November 30, 2016

...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....More

Thank VespagirL55
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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