Carlsbad State Beach

This park unit is partially open. Please take the time to read the information contained on this webpage to find out what is open and closed, and what COVID-19 guidelines are in place. - (June 8, 2021)

What is open now?

  • The state beach is open for active and passive recreation. 
  • Restrooms and parking areas are open for use. 
  • Face coverings are required when unable to maintain 6-foot physical distance
  • Day-use fees may be paid through the automated pay machines installed at the park.
  • California Explorer Vehicle Day Use Annual Pass (Hangtag):
    • May be purchased in person at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve South Beach Kiosk.  Note: Passes will not be sold on rainy days at Torrey Pines.
    • May be purchased in person at Seaside (South Cardiff) Lot, Cardiff State Beach on weekends from noon to sunset. 
    • May be purchased online and picked up at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve 7 days a week (except rainy days) or at Seaside Lot, Cardiff State Beach on weekends.  Note: More details about quick pass pick up here or text ca1131 to 53242. 
    • May be purchased online at the California State Parks Store for delivery to your home or office.
  • The Limited Use Golden Bear Pass expiration date has been extended to March 31, 2021.  All other terms and conditions of the pass remain in effect. 
  • Yoga classes are being held at Frazee beach.  Schedules and fees can be found on the Carlsbad Village Athletic Club  (CVAC) website.
  • Volleyball courts at Warm Waters and Frazee are open for limited use with the following guidelines:
    • Players from the same family or household unit can play, but pick-up and multiple family unit games continue to be prohibited per the San Diego County Public Health Order and industry guidance.
    • Volleyball courts are concession operated.  More information about existing schedules, reservations and court availability can be found on the Carlsbad Village Athletic Club  (CVAC) website.
    • Youth programs that meet San Diego County and State public health criteria may be permitted through Carlsbad Village Athletic Club (CVAC).
    • Current schedules and court rules are posted on the volleyball poles.
    • The southernmost court at each court location, Warm Waters and Pine Street is open for free play on a first-come, first-served basis (for household unit play only).

What is currently closed?

  • Group activities and athletics are permitted for household use only.
  • Park amenities such as drinking fountains are closed.  Bring water with you.
  • Group gatherings are not permitted.
  • The San Diego Coast District and Sector offices are currently closed.

Phone Number

(760) 438-3143

Park Hours

6:00am- 11:00pm

Dogs Allowed?

Dogs allowed only in campground. Dogs not allowed on beach.

Driving Directions to Carlsbad SB

The beach is located on Carlsbad Boulevard, Highway S21 at Tamarack in Carlsbad.

Online reservations are not available for this park.

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

RV Access
Bike Trails
Scuba Diving/Snorkeling
Beach Area
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible

Carlsbad State Beach is located on the San Diego Coast. It offers swimming, surfing, scuba diving, fishing and beachcombing. This small beach is located at the foot of coastal bluffs, south of the town on Carlsbad.

Location - Directions

The beach is located from Carlsbad Boulevard, Highway S21 at Pine Ave. to Cannon Rd. in Carlsbad.

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Dogs are prohibted on South Carlsbad State Beaches

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