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Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad

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Surfers and swimmers alike share the crystal clear waters belonging to Carlsbad State Beach. Take advantage of theĀ 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. Arrange your visit to Carlsbad State Beach and discover more family-friendly attractions in Carlsbad using our Carlsbad holiday planner.
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  • Spent the day at Carlsbad beach again last week. Weather was hot, but those cool ocean breezes made it feel a lot better. I got a little sunburned, but it was worth it. Water was warm, and the sand wa...  more »
  • Great place, very clean beach, lots of rocks. Beautiful atmosphere. I would say the only area of improvement is the rest room. There is only one restroom. Overall great place.  more »
  • This beach is a nice place. Sunsets, people watching, suntanning, families, walking, jogging, restaurants, lifeguards, all year round.  more »

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Where to stay in Carlsbad

Accommodations in Carlsbad run the gamut from quaint bed and breakfasts to five-star luxury resorts. You can stay in the heart of the action by booking a room downtown, where you'll be near the beach and have access to the city's most popular bars and restaurants. If you've come to town to explore the area's renowned golf and tennis opportunities, look for resorts with excellent facilities in La Costa, a suburban residential neighborhood. If you seek a more rustic experience, take advantage of the city's mild weather and natural surroundings by camping on Carlsbad State Beach.
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