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.

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
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Notice: On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, California State Parks announced the cancellation of the request for proposals for a fitness and recreation concession at Carlsbad and South Carlsbad state beaches (#P18CA030). The pre-proposal meeting scheduled for Thursday, January 23 at the Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad Beach in Carlsbad has also been canceled.

Read more at this link:

ATTENTION: There is currently a dredging project in progress at South Ponto State Beach. Sand is being dredged from Batiquitos Lagoon and will be placed on the beach. The South Ponto State parking lot, restrooms and beach access are still open during the construction; however, large portions of the beach are fenced off and may prevent direct access from certain points of the parking along Carlsbad Blvd. The work will occur 24/7, including weekends and holidays, starting after Thanksgiving. The project is expected to be completed by March 1st.

Volleyball poles have been temporarily relocated just north of the lagoon mouth.

For more information visit…/BLF-Newsletter-vol-26-August…

NOTICE: The Camp Store and Laundry facility at South Carlsbad SB is currently closed.  California State Parks is actively working through the bid process for the Camp Store at South Carlsbad State Beach.  During this period, we continue to sell firewood at the entrance station.  We thank our visitors for their patience and continued support. We are in the concession contract selection process and look forward to find vendors that will provide the best quality services to our visitors.  We anticipate that the store will re-open before Spring, 2020.

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

Upcoming Programs & Activities



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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