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South Carlsbad State Beach

Phone Number

(760) 438-3143

Max. Trailer Lengths

Trailer: 35 Feet
Camper/Motorhome: 35 Feet

Park Hours

Dawn to sunset. Call the park to confirm.

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.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.


Due to the construction of the new Encinitas Beach Resort above South Carlsbad State Beach at South Ponto, there will be a beach sand replenishment project starting January 31, 2019 through February 28, 2019.  During this project, there will be approximately 65 parking spaces blocked off in the South Ponto parking lot and large trucks will be hauling sand from the bluff to the beach utilizing the South Ponto beach entrance.  The project will never block access to the beach or restrooms, but please expect intermittent delays when trucks are driving to and from the beach.  The work will be completed on weekdays and most Saturdays between 7:30am – 7:00pm.

The Encinitas Beach Resort Development Project will continue over the next two years.  During this time there may be intermittent closures and noise due to the construction adjacent to our State Beach.


Campground laundry machines currently shut down until further notice.

Expected to reopen by early summer.

Campground Information

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

Park Information

Park Alerts & Notices


Travel Tips

Campground Address
7201 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Check in time is at 2:00pm. Please plan your travel times accordingly as there is not early check in available. 
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


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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