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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  • Carlsbad State Beach is an amazing beach. The great thing about it is that is almost never crowded. There is a tide pool you can see at low tides.  more »
  • Spent the day lazing on the great public beach. Parking is limited. There is a public restroom, no indoor showers.  more »
  • Beach here was amazing. Beautiful scenery. Nice and clean. Easy access from resort. If you like walking up and down stairs for exercise, it has perfect access to just that. If you prefer just struttin...  more »

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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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