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About Carlsbad Beaches

South Carlsbad State Beach

South Carlsbad State Beach stretches from La Costa Avenue to Palomar Airport Road and includes a popular 220 site camping area (make reservations far in advance) and two day use areas. Beach areas within the South Carlsbad State Beach include the North Ponto and South Ponto beaches and Terramar beach. The South Ponto beach has restrooms and showers and paid parking.

Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad State Beach, from Pine Street south to Cannon Road, including Frazee State Beach/Tamarack Surf Beach and Warm Water Jetty (in front of the power plant), is one of San Diego’s most popular beaches. The City of Carlsbad provides beach access at Pine Avenue, Sycamore Avenue, Maple Avenue, Cherry Avenue and Tamarack Avenue. Two seawalls connect Pine Avenue and Tamarack Avenue. Dogs on leashes are allowed up top, but not on the lower path. Public restrooms and showers are at both ends of the path. A seawall also extends from Tamarack south to Cannon Road for those looking for a longer trek.

North Carlsbad beaches

Beaches north of Pine Avenue to the Oceanside border are jointly owned by the state and the coastal property owners along that stretch. All are open to the public, and the City of Carlsbad provides public access to the beach at Carlsbad Village Drive, Grand Avenue, Christiansen Way, Beech Avenue and Rue des Chateaux. Beaches in north Carlsbad do not have lifeguard services, restrooms, showers or other amenities.

Contact Information

Brian Ketterer
North Sector superintendent
California State Parks Department

Campground info

Campground reservations