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Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
Drinking Water
About South Carlsbad State Beach

For many, once the sun comes out and summer rolls around, it can be hard to resist the urge to get outside and soak up some fun. If you relate, and you just need to unplug for a minute, Carlsbad camping offers some of the state’s best camping sites around. When your work has stacked up and you’re overloaded, it’s time to gather your camping gear, and head to Carlsbad State Beach camping for solitude and relaxation.

This San Diego beach and campground feature camping, swimming, surfing, skin diving, fishing and picnicking. The campground is especially popular in the summer, thanks to its scenic location which overlooks the picturesque Carlsbad Beach below. Even better, the campground offers direct access to the beach via a set of well-kept stairs. As a result of the popularity, the campground is reservation only, so don’t show up without one or you’ll likely be unable to stay.

When you’re done with the beach, check out the nearby California geography and some of the trails within the park. If the ocean isn’t your thing, a number of Campfire Programs, Junior Ranger Programs, and Nature Walks may be offered. That said, program availability changes with the season, so be sure to check signs posted on the restrooms and at the entrance station regarding park information during your visit.

At night, campers are gently caressed to sleep by the nearby ocean tide, lapping upon its secluded shoreline. There is plenty of privacy throughout, thanks to the large selection of flora and fauna throughout the campground. The campsites themselves are also spacious, with roughly half of them featuring electric hookups. Additionally, All restrooms and shower buildings have accessible facilities. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact the unit Supervising Ranger.

South Carlsbad State Beach Campground is perfect for campers and individuals who love the ocean and the outdoors. Whether you’re looking surf the rolling waves, or paddle board out and take part in all that the north county coastline has to offer, you’re sure to have fun here.

Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Sewer Hookups
Trash Available
Water Hookups
South Carlsbad State Beach is located in California
33.1026 N
-117.3201 W
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45 Reviews of South Carlsbad State Beach
Beatiful SoCal beach spot right off of the 5

If you’re headed to San Diego, be sure to stop and check out Carlsbad just off of the 5. this awesome beach town is quintessential Southern California beach awesomeness and it is absolutely gorgeous. Camp right off of the beach as well as have access to local shopping and restaurants. While you camp, you’ve got to check out Carlsbad cliffs for some stellar views. There are also loads of beach activities like whale watching, kayaking, surfing, fishing, and paddle boarding! My secret spot for the best fish and chips EVER is close by in Oceanside called “Harbor Fish n’ Chips.” Be sure to check this place out!

Tent Camping near the Beach

Best spots are on the South end if you are tent camping, there are only cliff side. camping spots and none on the bluff side all it's way less busy and crowded. You can look through the pictures of the camping spots to find ones with more bushee separating the spots if you want more privacy. The ocean is so loud it covers up most conversations and traffic so even though the spots are close together it's still a very relaxing place! The camping store is decent. Highly recommend bringing bikes, it's nice to ride around the campground and even bike up to of the local bars if you feel like it.

Just Beachy

South Carlsbad State Beach is extremely crowded (like many coastal campsites in Southern California), but has very easy access to your own space on the beach below the cliffs.

We scored a last minute site because the weather was cold and windy on a Saturday in February, otherwise BOOK IN ADVANCE.

There are lots of RVs, kids riding their bikes, and dogs galore, all of which are fun, but if you’re looking for a private site, look elsewhere!

Fire Pits and a picnic table at each campsite and plenty of area to park your car and set up a table/easy up/etc.

If you book on the West or Ocean side, only a chain link fence separates you from the beautiful sunsets the Pacific Ocean has to offer!


Campsites are right on top of each other and provide no privacy. But, the location is excellent and the beach is beautiful.

favorite beach campsites

we go here often and it's always a great experience. most of the campsites have a great ocean view from our roof top tent. facilities are always clean and working well. great family spot! the campsites themselves are on top of the bluff so you are overlooking the ocean and there are a few staircases leading down to the water. it's not a sandy beach, there are a lot of soft stones like riverrock. perfect beach for flying kites and surfing.

Beach Camping!

Beach camping isn't quite like your typical camping adventure. This campground is always packed but always a blast! You can't beat a full day at the beach followed by cooking dinner over a campfire watching the sunset over the ocean! Bring all your beach toys!! I just wish dogs were allowed on the beach and not just in the campground.

Right above the beach with trail down to it. Near restaurants and services.

Bring water toys. The beach is perfect for families. Trees between sites. Very clean and nice.

Carlsbad State Beach

So amazing. Coming from the northern Rocky Mountains, I wanted to take my pre-teens to the ocean for the first time before middle school started and Carlsbad State Beach was the perfect place to go! Parking was easy enough to find. The clean city and beach are very family friendly! There were perfect little waves for my family to adventure body boarding for the first time as well. I would definitely recommend this beach to anyone looking for a great day near the ocean

Great campground!

I’ve been coming to this campground since I was in diapers, I totally relax when I’m here!

Campsites sit on a bluff right on Pacific 👣 steps down to beach 🌞

South Carlsbad SB is a gem ~ it sits on a bluff right over the Pacific Ocean and is just a few steps down to beach. 👣

Each site has a large iron fire pit and picnic table ~ btahrooms and showers are plenty ~ there is a little genrral store that has firewood ~ food ~ batteries and the like.

Close to many wonderful places to see La Jolla ~ Del Mar horse racing track ~ Carlsbad flower fields & Windmill ~ Oceanside pier are just a few miles drive.

Sooooö PĘÅCĘFUL to have a fire going ~ watching SŮN set and heat the waves lapping you to sleep.