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“great beach”(155 reviews)
“clean beach”(88 reviews)
“nice sand”(16 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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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in Carlsbad in October on business. Went to Carlsbad beach and enjoyed a lovely stroll along the beach, probably walked 5 miles or so on it. Great way to kill some time and a change from sitting in hotel bars and restaurants. It...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jimmy A
Reviewed 1 week ago

You will see incredible sunsets! Also a great beach to take a relaxing walk and enjoy the sounds of the ocean.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank livingtheqlife
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very clean and walking on the road was very pleasant viewing beach from above. Plenty benches to sit. Plenty restaurants around.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Yogesh S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Clean restrooms. Cleaned daily. Plenty of toilet paper. Beautiful bluff side campsites with a wonderful cool breeze. Very nice and helpful staff. Beach is a bit rocky, not much shoreline and is close to a bustling roadway but the campground makes up for it. I...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank R A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful views, challenging with all the rocks. We finally found a good spot in downtown Carlsbad to access the beach. Not a great beach but still relaxing to put your toes in the sand and stroll along the beach

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RonB481
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is what you picture when you imagine a California beach. Beautiful ocean views, especially at sunset and surfing when the weather is right. There is pay parking and some street parking but the place seemed pretty full on a sunny fall day. If you're...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jfarlam
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank cottagebythesea
Reviewed 4 weeks 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

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank baldeagle46
Reviewed 4 weeks 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!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Krissy E
Reviewed 5 weeks 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!!!

Date of experience: October 2018
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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