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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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  • Fun to watch the surfers but boy was it cold, too cold to get in the water. The Gulf of Mexico is warm. The Atlantic Beaches in Florida are cold. But nothing beats the cold of the Pacific Ocean... 
    Fun to watch the surfers but boy was it cold, too cold to get in the water. The Gulf of Mexico is warm. The Atlantic Beaches in Florida are cold. But nothing beats the cold of the Pacific Ocean...  more »
  • Absolutely loved the beach and beautiful views, so serene and not crowded. Enjoyed watching the surfers and gorgeous sunsets. 🧡 
    Absolutely loved the beach and beautiful views, so serene and not crowded. Enjoyed watching the surfers and gorgeous sunsets. 🧡  more »
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  • An excellent beach with a long coastline to enjoy hiking and the salty air of okonan. Lots of space for sunbathing and smoking! There is free parking!
  • Nice location and staff! Great ocean views! Papa Dan

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