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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  • Beautiful beach, pleasant people, gorgeous views! Wonderful walkways. Clean, close to shoppes and restaurants.  more »
  • Join the many locals who come down to sit and watch the sunset. I imagine that it is always spectacular.  more »
  • I learned to surf at Carlsbad State Beach, so it will always mean a lot to me. I prefer the south end because it's less crowded, but both ends of the beach are very nice.  more »
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  • I love this beach! I fell in love with this place from my first trip when I saw dolphins just off the coast with my wife. The walk up and down the beach is relaxing and safe during the day, and the large oceanfront houses are a site to behold on a long stroll.
  • Cool place. Do the stairs down to be the beach.

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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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