South Carlsbad SB

State Beach

Alert Notice:  Campers staying at either South Carlsbad SB or San Elijo SB may be affected by the water line work scheduled for September 8 - September 12, 2014.  The contractor maybe jackhammering and excavating several areas throughout both parks as part of the scope of the project between the hours of 09:00 AM - 5:00 PM.  The water will likely be shut off for a max of only one day at each park between the hours of 09:00 - 5:00 PM.  In the case of a water shut off, portable restrooms and hand washing stations will be brought in for campers to utilize.  We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but are working to adequately and properly maintain our facilities for you and future generations to enjoy. 

Wi-Fi service is currently unavailable at South Carlsbad State Beach.

The Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches are currently accepting donations to repair the existing stairways that lead to the beach throughout the park. The project has already started at South Carlsbad. Be a part of this important project! Find out more!

Spring Break Juvenile Curfew
During the spring break period, a juvenile curfew is in effect at both San Elijo State Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. All juveniles must be accompanied by a legal guardian after 8PM if outside of their registered campsite.

Juveniles Must Camp with Parent or Legal Guardian
Juveniles intending to camp without a parent or legal guardian must, at the time of check-in, provide the following:  Written consent including full name of parent or legal guardian, address and phone number and inclusive dates for which permission is granted to camp at the specific park unit.

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

Campground showers---TOKEN operated.
Token machines located at the ranger station and at the campfire center.

A camp store located near the campground entrance operates March through October and provides all the amenities a camper may need including some RV supplies, boogie boards, firewood, and fishing gear.

The beach is located 3 miles south of Carlsbad on CARLSBAD BLVD.
Go west to CARLSBAD BLVD.  Turn Right (north) onto CARLSBAD BLVD.
Make a legal U-Turn at Breakwater Rd. (First Light).  
Drive SOUTH on CARLSBAD BLVD.  Continue to campground entrance on right.

Campground Address
7201 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, CA 92008 
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.


·Park Information

  • Hours of Operation:

    Dawn to sunset. Call the park to confirm.

  • Park Office Telephone:

    (760) 438-3143

  • Region

    San Diego County


    San Diego

  • Max Camper Length:

    35 Feet

    Max Trailer Length

    35 Feet

  • Purchase Annual Passes

Friends of Cardiff & Carlsbad State Beaches

Get involved!  Become a member and make a tax deductible donation to support our new non-profit group to preserve your beach. 
Friends of Cardiff and Carlsbad State Beaches



Operating Hours

Dawn to sunset.
Call the park to confirm.

Eli Howard Surf Camp

For surf camp information, call 760-809-3069 or click on