South Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad

4.6
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Surfers and swimmers alike share the crystal clear waters belonging to South Carlsbad State Beach. Take advantage of the 8 km (5 mi) stretch of beaches bordering coastal bluffs. You can try scuba diving, swimming, fishing, and beachcombing here. With its sparse population, shared mainly by residents of campsites on the cliff tops, this beach is a quiet site. Several different areas offer amenities--such as showers, Wi-Fi, and a camp store--spread out along the cliff tops. From the top, enjoy panoramic views of San Diego beaches. To access the beach, head down one of the many wooden staircases. Be aware that lifeguards are not always on duty here. Put South Carlsbad State Beach on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Carlsbad trip itinerary tool.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Beautiful place..Clean and great place for the family
  • Absolutely beautiful sunset. Black and cream sands swerve around a multitude of various colored rounded rocks. Gentle and long waves as people surf. A happy place.👍😊

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