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South Carlsbad State Beach, Carlsbad

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Surfers and swimmers alike share the crystal clear waters belonging to South 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 South Carlsbad State Beach on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Carlsbad trip itinerary tool.
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  • I spent my 60th birthday at this beach and it was perfect! The beach is big and beautiful and relaxing. The sand is super fine so it’s super soft. It was great to watch the surfers and feel the... 
    I spent my 60th birthday at this beach and it was perfect! The beach is big and beautiful and relaxing. The sand is super fine so it’s super soft. It was great to watch the surfers and feel the...  more »
  • We are staying in Carlsbad so the, Carlsbad state part beach was a excellent choice. We have been here several times during our stay.. The sand is clean the rocks are beautiful you can watch surfers.....  more
    We are staying in Carlsbad so the, Carlsbad state part beach was a excellent choice. We have been here several times during our stay.. The sand is clean the rocks are beautiful you can watch surfers.....  more »
  • This is really the only reason to go to Carlsbad. The beach here is wonderful. It is clean and ever so long. You can walk and there is so much to see. They have an RV park and if you are into that... 
    This is really the only reason to go to Carlsbad. The beach here is wonderful. It is clean and ever so long. You can walk and there is so much to see. They have an RV park and if you are into that...  more »
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  • Usually it's a 5 star beach, but they've dumped loads of stone, so it's not as usable currently.
  • Very nice views, a little too tight for my taste
  • Great spot to camp right on the ocean bluffs.
  • Breathtaking and serene. Lovely place to visit and chill.
  • Peaceful beach

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