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Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-438-3143
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This nearly five-mile stretch of beach is popular with families but also draws surfers and skin divers to the water and runners and cyclists to the boulevard bordering the beach.
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good28%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“great beach” (148 reviews)
“clean beach” (80 reviews)
“soft sand” (14 reviews)
Carlsbad Blvd. and Hwy 101, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-438-3143

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Very easy to get to from our hotel. They have easy public access from the street level. What an amazing and clean beach!!

Thank Debbie8183
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Easy Access to the Beach coming from the main street of Carlsbad. Some stairs going down to the beach. Nice clean sand.

Thank Lars P
Reviewed 4 days ago

Walk your dog on the top or your baby in a stroller on the lover level. Walk up and down stairs or take nice paved path. Or walk on the beach! Great parking and walk to lunch to Carlsbad Village!

Thank JD M
Reviewed 4 days ago

Choose from two different types of beaches. Much of the beach is very clean and sandy, while another section has rocks that are unique shapes from being pounded by ocean waves....oval shaped. Parking was available during the week along the highway, but is challenging to...More

Thank Leonard S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stayed right across the street from the beach at the Ocean Palms. We spent a lot of time on the beach. Definitely one of the cleanest beaches we’ve ever seen in the US! Everyone just knows the drill to pick up after yourself. If...More

Thank Jami F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved walking all over the Village! There are many unique and interesting shops to explore! The Sock Drawer had a huge stock of socks to please anyone's desire! Linda's Gifts had many different gift items to choose from along with Christmas items and ornaments. I...More

Thank Paulatrip8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I am from Florida, so this beach and Coastline were a whole new experience for me. However it was absolutely beautiful. The cliffs and the Rocky area down to the beach. With the sun on the water it was a beautiful turquoise blue. You can...More

1  Thank Karyl D
Reviewed 1 week ago

Well this is my local beach and I love it. Great for a jog or walk. First visited in '84 to surf with my cousins and it has only gotten better.

Thank Cliff C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Going again now! Still the best waterfront walk in town. I leave from downtown and walk to the NRG power plant and back, about 3 miles.

Thank catchasunset
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is Carlsbad city and state local beach it is taken care of by the state I believe but the city has a lot to do with it is it’s really super super clean nice beach day area your parking is out on the street...More

Thank saykenny
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18 October 2017|
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Response from Linda J C | Reviewed this property |
Hi, I am a Carlsbad resident and my husband is 98 years old. We like to park near the Best Western and walk the sidewalk above the beach. There is also a sidewalk down close to the sand, with a sloping asphalt path down to... More
11 October 2017|
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Response from Jeff T | Reviewed this property |
Yes as others have said -- I'd plan carefully not the best ..better to have close by place to freshen up
19 July 2017|
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Response from Mtrip2129 | Reviewed this property |
There is parking along the road but we didn't go to the state beach