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South Carlsbad State Beach

Contact Information

(760) 438-3143

Park Hours

Dawn to sunset. Call the park to confirm.

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet

Driving Directions to South Carlsbad SB

The beach is located 3 miles south of Carlsbad on Carlsbad Bl.
Take Interstate 5, exit Poinsettia Ln. 
Go west to Carlsbad Bl, turn north.
Make a legal U-turn at Breakwater Rd (1st light). Proceed south on Carlsbad Bl to campground entrance on right.

Camping and Lodging

Visitors will be able to reserve campsites and lodging six months in advance from the current date. Bookings may extend from the arrival date to the desired departure date – based on availability and the park’s maximum stay rules.





As of June 1st, 2016, all wood burning fires are prohibited on our State Beaches where established fire rings are not provided. Propane fire pits or butane burners are permitted. View the full media release here (Media Release)

California drought restrictions have been lifted. We are in the process of replacing all water stations within in our state parks to ensure they are all in proper working order. We encourage the public to continue to conserve water. 


South Carlsbad Campground has many hookup sites!  Campsites 214-223 and 131-134 are now designated hookup campsites.  Some of the campsites have the capacity for two trailers and motor homes to plug in, one on each side of the campsite! 

Volunteering with the California State Parks at South Carlsbad
Volunteer opportunities are available to assist with maintenance projects, educational events and camp hosting.  If you're interested, please complete the Volunteer application and email it to

Volunteer Application:  form DPR208h

If you'd like to explore opportunities with our non-profit partner, the Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches, please contact

Wi-Fi service is currently unavailable at South Carlsbad State Beach.

Check in time is 2:00 p.m.
You may not check in to your campsite until 2:00 p.m., no exceptions.

Campfire Center Rentals
Interested in having your group gather at the Campfire Center?  Registered campers can reserve the campfire center for large groups in four hour increments, based on site availability.  Please email for more information. 

The Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches are currently accepting donations to repair the existing stairways that lead to the beach throughout the park. The project has already started at South Carlsbad. Be a part of this important project! Find out more!

Park Information
This San Diego beach features swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The large bluff-top campground is very popular, especially in summer. Stairs lead to the beach.

INTERESTED IN WATER SPORTS?  Didn't bring a board?  Need a lesson? We've got you covered!

Eli Howard Surf School is an overnight surf camp at San Elijo State Beach which also provides summer surf camps, weekend escapes for adults and Scouts, private surf parties, surf rentals, & day surf lessons year round or telephone (760) 809-3069.

Campground showers---TOKEN operated.
Token machines located at the ranger station and at the campfire center.

A camp store located near the campground entrance operates March through October and provides all the amenities a camper may need including some RV supplies, boogie boards, firewood, and fishing gear.

The beach is located 3 miles south of Carlsbad on CARLSBAD BLVD.
Go west to CARLSBAD BLVD. Turn Right (north) onto CARLSBAD BLVD.
Make a legal U-Turn at Breakwater Rd. (First Light).
Drive SOUTH on CARLSBAD BLVD. Continue to campground entrance on right.

Campground Address
7201 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

NOTE: The campground entrance is not accessible directly from Poinsettia Ln. Drivers must continue NORTH on CARLSBAD BLVD and make the first legal U-Turn at Breakwater Rd.

Available Activities and Facilities at South Carlsbad State Beach

Family Campsites
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
RV Access
Bike Trails
Picnic Areas
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Family Programs
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible