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RV campgrounds and uncrowded beaches are what you will find along this popular recreation area in San Diego.
32802 Valle 103 San Juan Capistrano Ca 92675, San Diego, CA 92008
+1 760-717-8227
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Reviewed 14 July 2012

Our family loves the beach and we visit this beach often. Great for surfing, boogie boarding, people watching, making sandcastles, throwing a frisbee or just about anything else.

Thank Heather S
Reviewed 15 June 2012

Beach is rocky. Lots of people fishing off the beach. Small beach, with limited parking. Lots of better beaches in San Diego.

1  Thank Susan B
Reviewed 31 March 2012

Gorgeous bluff-top campsites overlooking the ocean. On-site security during the day but not at night in April, so a bit intimidating because anybody can go in there. Not far from malls, shops, theaters. Convenience store on site. Fire pit and picnic table in each site...More

2  Thank WeBJamman
Reviewed 22 March 2012

We were minutes from this beach and would have frequented it more if the weather had been better.

Thank Boulder-USA
Reviewed 20 March 2012

Ok beach not a lot of parking a lot of camping there are much nicer beaches like Coronado island.

Thank jwm315
Reviewed 14 March 2012

parking can sometimes be chancy, however, don't miss this Carlsbad jewel. wide beaches, good surf, easy access. the sand is soft and clean. not much in the way of nearby amenities, so bring all you need. family friendly

Thank allan w
Reviewed 19 February 2012

9 miles of soft sand, relatively uncrowded, Carlsbad Beach is clean and a great place to be

3  Thank barbwan
Reviewed 8 February 2012

Favorite place to have Sundays Brunch, dinner or just walk the beach. Love the Beach House in Solana Beach.

1  Thank Sunshine033
Reviewed 23 December 2011

Nice beach with plenty of room for walking, playing paddle ball, or just relaxing. Small waves, so it's family friendly.

Thank Casualfamilytraveler
Reviewed 18 November 2011

I've been camping at South Carlsbad State Beach for over 20 years now, and still consider it to be the very best beach camping experience in Southern California. The bluff sites are by far superior to the inland sites and are worth every penny of...More

1  Thank CalGal1954
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28 March 2018|
Response from Timanddianne | Reviewed this property |
There is basically one campground; depends on the time of year as to what sites are open. Beach side spots are the best if you can get one. We usually reserve 6 months ahead of time to get a site in January;summers are even... More
14 March 2018|
Response from kidsrus21 |
We are coming here next week the 27, 28th 29th 30th. I am looking for a camping spot. I have never been here before. kidsrus21
28 December 2017|
Response from Itineranttraveler72 |