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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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  • The rocky sea shore was a blast to sit and enjoy the surf. The water is rough, lots of rip tides. But watching the surfers was a blast, and when the seal strolled up near us it was an added treat. The...  more »
  • This is a wonderful beach with easy access ,free parking on the roads ,charged at the Main Car park Patroling life gurds in winter months and Lifegaurd towers every 250 yards in peak season. .Some res...  more »
  • Carlsbad is an absolutely wonderful destination without a doubt. I was left a little sour with the cost of a stay at this state campground. A ten foot mini RV @ $140 for two night and you pay for your...  more »