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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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“great beach” (134 reviews)
“clean beach” (70 reviews)
“nice sand” (13 reviews)
Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-438-3143

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Reviewed yesterday

We come to Carlsbad every year just for this specific beach. It's clean and close to town. Best part its not very crowded.

Thank Trish D
Reviewed yesterday

Came to Carlsbad to escape the 122 degree heat in the Coachella Valley. Less than 3 hours from home and beautiful cool 68 degree weather. Walked along the beach with my wife and had a wonderfully peaceful time. It was easy to find parking as...More

Thank Jason B
Reviewed 5 days ago

I love Carlsbad! But, you need to be aware that most of the places to stay require you to cross the highway to get to the beach. There are a few number of options directly on the beach. Most of these are at the far...More

Thank Mary P
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We met family here and just loved the clean beach. Restrooms and volleyball courts near our location by the best western hotel but the beach stretches a long way and I could see other courts down the beach. There is a walking path along certain...More

Thank Michael T
Reviewed 5 days ago

I grew up here and when I tell people where I'm from, they always say, "oh, I LOVE the beach at Carlsbad! It's so accessible, no long walks to get to the water and lots of room!" That about says it all, it's within walking...More

Thank beachlovers4
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend and I took a stroll here up and down and finally settled to sit down when the sun was going down. There are few swimmers and beach goers, mostly couples and some guys playing volleyball. The atmosphere is very relaxing and the sunset...More

Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved Carlsbad - definitely one of my favorite West coast beach towns! The state beach is lovely and a nice long stretch along the PCH (or highway 101 as it's called in that area). We stayed right across the street from an easy access...More

Thank Mauigirl44
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This lovely strip of sand is the perfect combination of sun and surf. Very local and never too crowded. Great place to walk off a few margaritas.

Thank 4chrisryan
Reviewed 1 week ago

Carlsbad State Beach is narrow but beautiful. We have been many times and it is rarely ever very crowded.

Thank jil2170
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Be Careful, Tides Goes Amazingly High. Spl with Little ones have to watch out. Clear, Quite And Quality Space for Family to Catch up Beach Fun. Give it a Visit.

Thank Chanler
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Are dogs allowed on the beach?
24 May 2017|
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Response from Elly P | Reviewed this property |
Yes, I took a walk in the beach everyday and I seen dogs there every time.
I am still recouping from ankle surgery. Is there handicap access to the beach?
2 July 2016|
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Response from scotraveler2015 | Reviewed this property |
sorry to say no there is no handicap access at south carlsbad beach campsite. but just down the road at south ponto beach I am told there is.
What was the name of your hotel?
28 June 2016|
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Response from MONichols | Reviewed this property |
Grand Pacific Palisades, condos.