Carlsbad Beaches

San Diego County

Carlsbad State Beaches


Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad State Beach is on Carlsbad Blvd. at Tamarack in Carlsbad.
South Carlsbad State Beach is 3 miles to the south on Carlsbad Blvd.
(760) 438-3143


$10 ($15 on holiday weekends at South Carlsbad)
Hours: Dawn to Sunset

Main Attractions

  • Swimming, surfing
  • Picnicking
  • Camping
  • Diving, fishing

Facilities and Features

  • Parking, restrooms, showers
  • Store
  • Seawall promenade
  • Ponto Day-Use area
  • Lifeguards (seasonal)
  • RV sanitation station
  • Campground (no RVs or trailers larger than 35')


  • Parking, restrooms
  • Campsites, restrooms, showers
  • Camp store
  • Campfire area
  • Ponto Day-use picnic area, parking, restrooms, showers
  • Accessible routes to beach, overlooks
  • Beach wheelchairs (760) 438-3134


  • Rip currents
  • Rogue waves
  • Rising tide against cliffs

Regulations (partial list)

  1. No dogs allowed on beach.
  2. Do not feed wildlife.
  3. No fires are allowed on the beach.
  4. Alcohol and glass containers are not permitted on the beach.


Surfline's Tamarack Beach Webcam

Seashore on the Sand's Carlsbad Beach Webcam

Books of
Local Interest

Carlsbad City Beach map,  San Diego County, CA

Carlsbad City Beach

Carlsbad City Beach has access paths at the bottoms of Ocean Street, Christianson Way, and Grand Avenue. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months. The beach is popular for surfing, surf fishing, sun bathing, and swimming. Surfing hours are restricted from May through October.

Carlsbad State Beach map,  San Diego County, CA

Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad State Beach is often called Tamarack Beach. Parking is available in a lot at the foot of Tamarack or along Carlsbad Boulevard. Several trails lead down to the beach. Restrooms and outdoor showers are available. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer. Surfing is popular near the jetties. Other visitors enjoy jogging, cycling, and strolling along the seawall path along with stand-up paddleboarding, sun bathing, boogie-boarding, and swimming.

South Ponto Beach at South Carlsbad State Beach map,  San Diego County, CA

South Ponto Beach

South Ponto Beach is the southern portion of South Carlsbad State Beach. This day-use area offers parking, restrooms, and outdoor showers. Visitors enjoy sunbathing, boogie-boarding, surfing, and volleyball. Poles are provided; bring your own ball and net. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer.

Ponto Beach, San Diego County, CA

South Ponto Beach

Carlsbad Beaches

South of Oceanside and north of Encinitas, the city of Carlsbad is home to a series of warm, sandy beaches that attract locals and visitors alike. At the northern end, Carlsbad City Beach (including Frazee Beach) spreads from Ocean Street to Elm. Then Carlsbad State Beach (better known as Tamarack Beach) extends from Tamarack to the breakwaters at the mouth of Augua Hedionda Lagoon. Three miles south is South Carlsbad State Beach, popular for camping. The South Ponto Beach day-use area within the state beach is known from its wide, sandy beach.

For several miles, tall bluffs south of Agua Hedionda make access to beaches more difficult than in the north. South, near Batiquitos Lagoon and Ponto Beach, access becomes fairly easy once again.

Tamarack Beach, San Diego County, CA

Tamarack Beach

Parking at Carlsbad Beaches

Carlsbad Boulevard hugs the oceanfront from Pine Avenue in Carlsbad all the way to South Carlsbad State Beach. Parking is available in many places along the boulevard. Beach parking lots are located at (1) Oak Avenue and Ocean Street, (2) Tamarack Avenue and Carlsbad Boulevard, (3) Carlsbad Boulevard near Island Way, and (4) Carlsbad Boulevard at La Costa Avenue. The latter three lots are in state parks.

South Carlsbad State Beach

South Carlsbad State Beach extends along the coast from Palomar Airport Road south to La Costa Avenue. Included within the state beach are its popular bluff-top campground, Terramar Beach, and North and South Ponto beaches.

Terramar Beach is at the foot of bluffs at the foot of Cerrezo Drive, north of the campgrounds. Parking is along Carlsbad Boulevard. Numerous foot paths lead along the bluffs and a few descend to the beach. Ponto Beaches are located south of the campgrounds, on either side of the mouth of Batiquitos Lagoon.

Carlsbad Beach, San Diego County, CA

Nearby Restaurants and Shops


  • Starbucks - 2924 Carlsbad Blvd.
  • Vinaka Cafe - 300 Carlsbad Village Dr. #211
  • Vigilucci's Seafood & Steakhouse - 3878 Carlsbad Blvd. (near Tamarack Ave.)
  • Primo Pizza & Pasta - 7110 Avenida Encinas #103
  • Robertos Mexican Food - 1900 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas (near South Ponto Beach)

Beach Supplies

  • Offshore Surf Shop - 3179 Carlsbad Blvd.
  • Ralph's - 7140 Avenida Encinas
  • Costco - 951 Palomar Airport Rd.
  • Pacific Coast Bait and Tackle - 2110 S. Coast Hwy., Oceanside

Ocean Safety

California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety

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