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“It is amazing to be in the Carlsbad beach, that sometimes there is not a soul other than yourself in this beach.”

South Carlsbad State Beach
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Scenic Carlsbad Bike Tour with Lunch
Ranked #88 of 387 things to do in San Diego
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Owner description: RV campgrounds and uncrowded beaches are what you will find along this popular recreation area in San Diego.
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 are not to high, and one can learn to surf easily in Carlsbad.. There is lot of fun in playing beachball and making friends for a friendly game.

1  Thank asimbose
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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 of step accesses to the beaches. The beaches were well maintained and not to crowded. Though the camping spots were close together there was brush between each spot so it felt somewhat private. We would return here for sure!

1  Thank HappyAdventures41
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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?

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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 that's the case we drove to Oceanside everyday for the beach, since you could literally park the car and walk across the street. No electricity at this campsite, so have battery banks or solar charging available yourself. Bathrooms were clean and presentable.

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Reviewed 20 September 2016

South Carlsbad Beach, or Ponto Beach as the locals call it, is a great beach for walking along. I have started here and walked all the way to Encinitas when the tide is out. The locals like to park right along the roadside, but there is a parking lot. Of course, it is an undeveloped beach area and does not have the amenities that Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, but it is a great walking beach, and good for a picnic, and good for launching your kayak and such, if that is what you like to do, although I prefer La Jolla Cove for kayaking. It's the best in my opinion.

Thank NickiG555
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