beaches (and nearby hotels) offer a variety of activities such as swimming, surfing,
body boarding, windsurfing, camping, bird watching, hiking, and
kayaking. Carlsbad State Beach, about 5 miles in length, has picnic
areas on the beach and above on the bluff.
Lifeguards are stationed up and down the coast at both Carlsbad State Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. Showers are at Tamarack Avenue and Christiansen Way. Your best bet is to find street parking near the beach, which is fairly plentiful. Or try the lot on Tamarack Avenue, but get there early on weekends if you want to find a space.
Getting to Carlsbad
Carlsbad State Beach is located at 100 Tamarack Avenue. From the south, take I-5 north to the Tamarack Avenue exit and turn left. From the north, take I-5 south to the Tamarack Avenue exit and turn right. The Amtrak “Coaster,” which travels up the coast from San Diego, is a good option for beach goers who are looking for a more leisurely trip. It drops passengers off a few blocks from the beach.
Carlsbad Insider Tips
If you don’t like to hang out with
teenagers and families it’s best to head farther south to
South Carlsbad State Beach, which has fewer people and a campground
situated between the bluffs and the highway with more than 200 campsites.
Here you’ll also find Batiquitos Lagoon with its 600 acres
of restored wetlands, visitor’s center, and hiking trail running
north. Farther south near the community of Leucadia is Ponto Beach,
known for its high sand dunes.
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