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.
South Carlsbad State Beach reviews
We went in March so the crowds are small and parking easy. Short walk along water is nice or just laying on the sand and watching the surf, either are doable. This is not necessarily a large beach so.... more »
This state beach is very popular and if you want to stay over in the campgrounds you'll have to get a reservation months (or even a year) in advance. Parking is sometimes difficult and you have to... more »
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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