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Carlsbad State Beach
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$85.00*
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Scenic Carlsbad Bike Tour with Lunch
Ranked #1 of 63 things to do in Carlsbad
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Owner description: 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.
Kinnelon, New Jersey
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice but...”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

Nice views from the top of the bluff. Good for walking during low tide. Negative is you have to go down steps from the top of the bluff to get to the beach. A lot harder to get back up!

Visited January 2014
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College Station, Texas
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Clean and no cars, or dogs”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Really enjoyed the easy walk to the beach, the Carlsbad streets were clean, and the automobiles obeyed the pedestrian lights for crossing. The beach was clean and their were stations on the beach - I assume sponsored by the City of Carlsbad for Yoga, Volleyball, it was fun to see.

Visited January 2014
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New Bern, North Carolina
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177 reviews
38 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Beautiful Sunsets - Park Early!”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

Having lived in NC and enjoying east coast beaches, CSB was a treat for me. Sunsets are gloriously long and at a more reasonable time! I saw lots of families and surfers enjoying the last few rays of sun until it vanished. Parking is tight and the beach is narrow in some places, but this time of year is much better than summer, according to locals.

Visited January 2014
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LONG BEACH
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27 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Family Camping spot for over 40 years!”
Reviewed January 11, 2014

My entire family, (including parents, siblings, cousins and family friends) have been coming here in the summer since I was a small child. Though it has become very popular (therefore harder to reserve) it is still a family favorite. From the beach activities (surfing, kayaking, sand castle contests) to the biking, jogging and campfire sing-alongs, Carlsbad State Beach offers the amenities of restaurants, grocery stores and tourist attractions, with the beauty of surf, sand and magnificent sunsets.

Visited August 2013
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the Hat
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Great beach but too busy over Christmas”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

We had a great time at this beach before Christmas. Once it got closer to Christmas and into the holidays the area transformed into a very busy, confusing scene. Cars were double parked, people were short tempered, and the beach was crowded. I am glad we spent time there before the holiday rush. There are quieter places to enjoy in and around Carlsbad during the Chrismas holiday.

Visited December 2013
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