Carlsbad State Beach

Quick Facts

Carlsbad State Beach

California

(760) 438-3143

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Things To Do

Overview

Carlsbad State Beach is one of San Diego's most popular beaches. The Tamarack Avenue area is a favorite surf spot. The reef provides gentle waves, perfect for long and short board surfing. Certain areas are set aside for swimming only. A seawall promenade stretches from Pine Street to Tamarack Avenue and offers views of Agua Hedionda Lagoon. From the walkway, visitors may watch marbled godwits and whimbrels troll the beach and gulls, cormorants and pelicans fly over the waves. Marine mammals such as dolphins, sea lions and harbor seals splash offshore.

Map of Carlsbad State Beach (CA)

Latitude, Longitude: 33.146750, -117.345660

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Visitors can watch shorebirds forage along the water's edge. Species include marbled godwits and whimbrels. Other bird life includes the ubiquitous gulls, cormorants, and pelicans.

  • Fishing

    Fishing from the beach is allowed.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking spots are available near the beach. Close by, there are developed day use facilities, outdoor showers and modern restrooms.

  • Water Sports

    The Tamarack Avenue area is a favorite surf spot. The reef provides gentle waves, perfect for long and short board surfing. Certain areas are set aside for swimming only.

  • Wildlife Watching

    In addition to the birds, visitors can also see marine mammals like dolphins, sea lions, and harbor seals.

Seasonality/Weather

Weather in the San Diego region tends to remain a pleasant Mediterranean climate throughout the year, slightly cooler and damper during the winter months but always with cooling winds from the coast. Layering is recommended.

Park Partners

California State Parks Foundation

The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) was founded in 1969 by William Penn Mott, Jr., former director of both California's Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service. With their 120,000 members, CSPF is the only statewide independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. CSPF is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians by expanding access to the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities offered by California's 278 state parks--the largest state park system in the United States.

(415) 262-4400

Directions

Driving

The beach is located on Carlsbad Boulevard, Highway S21 at Tamarack in Carlsbad. Carlsbad State Beach is also accessed via Tamarack Avenue, off Interstate 5. Latitude/Longitude: 33.0100 / -117.2783

Flying

Visitors can fly into San Diego International Airport, approximately 22 miles away. A variety of rental car options is available at Ace and Advantage through Travcar and West Coast rental outfits, as well as more than a few public transit options.

Public Transportation

Public transportation in the San Diego area revolves around considerable rail routes, including with Amtrak Intercity/California and Coaster commuter trains, as well as with Metro Bus along Flyer Route No. 992.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(760) 438-3143

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