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 the 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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  • In general the area is fantastic, lots of places to eat and visit-everyone seemed really pleasant not the usual Cali push.  more »
  • I would give it a five for the (usually) uncrowded, clean and quiet stretch between Carlsbad and Encinitas except trying to find a place to park can be and will be a challenge especiallly during touri...  more »
  • Nice walk to beautiful sunsets of Sun. Children have well enjoy the vastness of this beach. The toilet in ideological are to be avoided!
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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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