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. Put Carlsbad State Beach on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Carlsbad trip itinerary tool .
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  • October 3, 2017
    I love strolling up on the side walk or taking a a stroll down at the bottom. The place is always clean and the view is amazing. Great place to get a run in with some stairs to increase your stamina!  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Beautiful beaches with a great selection of restaurants from fast food to five star. Great area for family recreation, relaxation and clean and simple fun. My family and I have decided that we would l...  more »
  • October 2, 2017
    Carlsbad beach is very clean, and fairly good sized both in width and length. Typically, it is not very crowded and usually has a nice breeze. It is not overrun with surfers as other nearby beaches ar...  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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