Explore the best beaches in Carlsbad - No matter what activity you enjoy, you'll find a Carlsbad beach that's perfect for it. Beaches offers an opportunity to go hiking, biking, diving, surfing, birdwatching, rock hunting and more. Or…maybe just take quiet stroll on the beach where stress rolls off your shoulders like the waves roll upon the shore.
North Carlsbad Beach
These beaches stretch from Oceanside border to Pine Ave, near Carlsbad Village. Jointly owned by the state and the coastal property owners along this stretch, north Carlsbad beaches are open to the public. However, they do not have any lifeguard services, restrooms, showers or other amenities. These north beaches can be accessed at Carlsbad Village Drive, Grand Avenue, Christiansen Way, Beech Ave and Rue des Chateaux. A main access point is at 2499 Ocean Street, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Terramar Beach is located south of the Carlsbad Power plant and north of Palomar Airport Road. This quaint and somewhat hidden beach is a great spot for local surfers to catch a wave. There are no public restrooms at the beach or within walking distance of the beach. Although there aren’t lifeguards on duty, lifeguards do patrol the area in their vehicles. A main access point is at 5399 County Highway S21, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
Tamarack State Beach
Carlsbad State Beach, also known as Tamarack Beach, stretches from the warm water jetties, just south of Tamarack Avenue, to Frazee Beach, near Carlsbad Village Drive.
The beach is ideal for the family and kids. This state beach offers swimming, surfing, scuba diving, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing and beachcombing. Many people fish off the Carlsbad jetties, both near Tamarack beach and the campgrounds.
The Carlsbad Seawall, a paved 4-mile walking path along the coast, extends from Carlsbad Village drive to Cannon. The seawall separates the beach from Coast Hwy 101. All throughout the day, joggers, walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers are cruising up and down the path. This is an active city where everyone wants to be outside.
Carlsbad State Beach offers an amazing view of the sunset. At night, locals and visitors alike gather at the north end of the beach on the bluff (towards Carlsbad Village) to watch the sun sink into the Pacific Ocean. The palisades and walkway atop the Seawall is another romantic spot for watching the sunset and enjoying the ocean view.
A main access point is at Carlsbad Blvd & Tamarack Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92008.
South Carlsbad State Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach extends from Palomar Airport Road to La Costa Avenue. Unlike Carlsbad State Beach to the north, this beach has only a few amenities, except for the campgrounds. Popular activities include swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing, picnicking and sunbathing. Good quality sand makes this beach ideal for walking and jogging.
South Carlsbad State Beach Campground, the large bluff-top campground, is very popular, especially in summer. Stairs lead from the campground to the beach.
This section of beach is located along rugged cliffs, making it rather remote. There are some safe access points to the beach. You can find these where cars are parked on the small turnouts along the highway.
South of the campground, the cliffs disappear, and the beach opens up to Coast Hwy 101. This section of beach is unusually wide and sandy. The surrounding area is undeveloped, making this one of the nicest beaches in the county.
During Summer, this beach is a popular spot for family and kids. The closest restrooms, however, are at South Ponto Beach parking lot and the campgrounds. A main access point is at 7106 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92011.
South Ponto Beach
South Ponto Beach is a rare gem in that it is one of the widest beaches in the county and exists in an undeveloped area. Coast Highway 101 hugs the shoreline here, with Batiquitos Lagoon on the other side of the highway. The beach is a popular family destination, and only one of the few beaches in the area that has public restrooms and showers.
South Ponto Beach offers a full array of activities, including swimming, surfing, sunbathing, and beach volleyball (bring your own net). The beach is a popular surf spot with occasional surfing events.
South Ponto Beach is secluded with its high sand dunes and tends to have a lot of polished stones washed up during the wintertime.
If you happen to be driving on Coast Highway 101 by this beach during sunset, you might find it irresistible to park on the highway shoulder and walk onto the sand to enjoy the captivating colors, wide stretch of sand and water pounding on the jetty. A main access point is at Carlsbad Blvd north of La Costa Avenue.