Dawn to sunset. Call the park to confirm.
South Carlsbad State Beach
Max. Trailer Lengths
Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet
Driving Directions to South Carlsbad SB
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
Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.Online Reservations
Brochures and Campground Maps
Upcoming Park Events
No events scheduled at this moment.
Notice California State Parks continues implementing water conservation measures within its state park system. Effective July 15, all state parks and beaches will shut off outdoor rinse stations. View the full media release here, (New Water Conservation Measures (pdf))
Important Notice! South Carlsbad will have a full park closure for maintenance of the wastewater system, which requires a full water shut down in the park for over a week: February 15 – March 4, 2016. Day Use will not be affected by the closure; Day Use will be open to the public. San Elijo is open during this time period.
Hookups at South Carlsbad!!
After three years of planning, on January 20, 2015, the hookups at South Carlsbad are fully functional. 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 Lisa.Urbach@parks.ca.gov
Volunteer Application: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/735/files/dpr%20208h.pdf
If you'd like to explore opportunities with our non-profit partner, the Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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! www.fccsb.org
Spring Break Juvenile Curfew
During the spring break period, a juvenile curfew is in effect at both San Elijo State Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. All juveniles must be accompanied by a legal guardian after 8PM if outside of their registered campsite.
Juveniles Must Camp with Parent or Legal Guardian
Juveniles intending to camp without a parent or legal guardian must, at the time of check-in, provide the following: Written consent including full name of parent or legal guardian, address and phone number and inclusive dates for which permission is granted to camp at the specific park unit.
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!
Paddle Planet is an authorized California State Park vendor offering SUP board rentals as well as lessons on our North County Beaches. Contact: Telephone (760) 602-9767 or Website: http://www.paddleplanet.net/
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 http://www.elihoward.com/ 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.
Take INTERSTATE 5, exit POINSETTIA LN.
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.
7201 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Available Activities and Facilities at South Carlsbad State Beach
RV Sites w/Hookups
RV Dump Station
Env. Learning/Visitor Center
Exhibits and Programs
Restrooms / Showers
Drinking Water Available