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South Carlsbad State Beach

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Address: San Diego, CA

RV campgrounds and uncrowded beaches are what you will find along this...

RV campgrounds and uncrowded beaches are what you will find along this popular recreation area in San Diego.

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Accessible restrooms

Really liked that we could spend time on the beach and have restrooms within walking distance. Well maintained beaches. Tide gets a little high.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Christin A
Mansfield, United States
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Mansfield, United States
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40 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Really liked that we could spend time on the beach and have restrooms within walking distance. Well maintained beaches. Tide gets a little high.

Thank Christin A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Mediterranean climate at its' best .... in California. True coastal living, dinning, endorphin rush location!

Thank CanmoreGerry
los angeles
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

We came here camping most major holidays. The weather is nice year round. The campsite is close to civilization. The beach WAS nice and sandy, emphasizing on the "was". This time when we are there, the beach is full of rocks. Extremely difficult to walk on the beach without twisting an ankle. There are many nice restaurants near by. I... More 

Thank bettywhill
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22 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Visiting Southern California in February is a perfect way to get away from the cold! Carlsbad State beach has endless waves with limitless and a great place to watch surfers catch those waves !

Thank scpticktox
Carlsbad, California
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Too many rocks, too much seaweed with too many flies. Great if you want to surf; not so much if you want to relax and read a book. Parking limited.

1 Thank Quuuzer
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2016 via mobile

Staying here for the the Thanksgiving holiday and have a beach site next to the stairs. The weather is amazing and the sound and site of the surf breathtaking but for $50 it is really just like parking along PCH. The campground only has ocean side and Carlsbad Blvd side so there is no real camping feeling. It is nice... More 

Thank Kerri H
Carlsbad, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

It is never crowded other than weekends on a summer sunny day. At around 7 AM many a day I could be the only person walking in the beach excepting one or two others. You need to time your visit with the ebb tide then you get a lot of the beach.. It is also good for surfing. The waves... More 

Thank asimbose
Lincoln, Nebraska
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36 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

My son had booked our campsite months ahead to get a spot so if you want to camp here you need to plan ahead for sure. We were right on the ocean side and could hear the waves all night long...so peaceful to be lulled to sleep by. The bathrooms were individual, clean and well light. There were a number... More 

1 Thank HappyAdventures41
Carlsbad, California
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54 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This is one of our favorite beaches to visit in this area. Of course living close to it helps. The picture shows it realistically and it is frequently not crowded. Good waves for surfing and boogie boarding. Smooth sand and warm sunshine, what more could you ask for?

Thank cobraman427
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16 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Man can't beat the price for this location! Great ocean views and beach access. Great people too. The camp store is reasonably priced, in fact get your fire wood there, at the Ralph's down the street, it's 2 doll hairs more. Since the campground is on a cliff, you do have stairs that could be rough for some people. If... More 

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