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The best time to visit this beach is after 3 pm when all the tourists leave to clean up for dinner. 😊
But, even during the day, it's not too crowded. The sand is amazing and the sunsets are breathtaking.
Autumn is a particularly nice time of year to visit. Parking is generally available for free on the side streets and then you simply walk across the drive. Carlsbad is extremely pedestrian friendly in that the crosswalks flash to alert drivers. If you prefer not...More
Beach camping on the bluff above the beach.
Does not get much better than a tent trailer backed up to the fence line - windows unzipped - down comforter - pillows - sounds of the wave and the sea breeze blowing through the trailer! Best...More
Carlsbad beaches continue the vast expansive beach experience that is common on the Pacific, not as wide as many beaches in Mailibu/Santa Monica for example, but filled with surfers and sunbathers with amenities and lifeguards. Wish the sand were whiter, but looked clean nonetheless. Nice...More
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
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 it. Up until about 2 years ago, we walked there, as it is easier to hear the waves and watch ground squirrels. However, the sidewalk is easy and relatively flat. Most of Carlsbad is flat and walkable, including with a walker or cane. We often also walk above the flower fields, even when they are not in bloom. This gives a different view of the ocean. To get there, drive south on the Coast Hwy to Cannon Rd or Palomar Airport Road and turn left. On Cannon, you would turn right onto Legoland Drive and then keep right on Armada rather than continuing to Legoland. Park anywhere along the road there and walk. Also, the Gemological Institute of American allows people to visit the museum part of the Institute, with AT LEAST ONE DAY's notice. Look it up on line and contact them with the day you would like to come. I think the hours for guests are 1 - 3:30 pm, M-Thurs. This is fascinating if you are at all interested in gems, rocks, petrified wood, etc. If you turn on Palomar Airport Rd, you'd go to the traffic signal past Costco (on the right) and turn left onto Armada.