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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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  • Carlsbad State Beach is narrow but beautiful. We have been many times and it is rarely ever very crowded.  more »
  • Be Careful, Tides Goes Amazingly High. Spl with Little ones have to watch out. Clear, Quite And Quality Space for Family to Catch up Beach Fun. Give it a Visit.  more »
  • Recently, friends from Ireland came for a visit. One thing they wanted to do was take a walk on the beach. I took them to Carlsbad State Beach. We carried our shoes and walked for a couple of miles to...  more »