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South Carlsbad State Beach

Contact Information

(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.

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Camping and Lodging

Online reservations are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Reservations can be made 7 months in advance on the first day of the month beginning at 8:00 a.m. PST via the website, by mail, or by calling the toll free telephone number at 1-800-444-7275. Due to seasonal volume, access to the ReserveAmerica website and the telephone line may at times be limited.

Online Reservations

Brochures and Campground Maps

Upcoming Park Events

No events scheduled at this moment.

ALERT!  Due to ongoing construction along Carlsbad Blvd. near South Carlsbad State Beach, there may be daytime noise near the campground until project completion in Spring, 2015.

Hookups at South Carlsbad!! 
After three years of planning, on January 20, 2015, the hookups at South Carlsbad are fully functional.  Campsites 214-223 and 131-134 are now designated hookup campsites.  Some of the campsites have the capacity for two trailers and motor homes to plug in, one on each side of the campsite!  

South End of Campground Scheduled for Closure in May, 2015 will Re-Open for reservations next week!
The planned road improvement project that had been scheduled for May 3- May 12 has been moved to March 4-March 6, resulting in a full south end campground closure.  The south end of the park will return to reservations within the next week so you can check the Reserve America Website and make reservations!

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

Check in time is 2:00 p.m.
You may not check in to your campsite until 2:00 p.m., no exceptions. 

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.

INTERESTED IN WATER SPORTS?  Didn't bring a board?  Need a lesson? We've got you covered!

Paddle Planet is an authorized California State Park vendor offering SUP board rentals as well as lessons on our North County Beaches.  Contact: Telephone (760) 602-9767 or Website:

Eli Howard Surf School is an overnight surf camp at San Elijo State Beach which also provides summer surf camps, weekend escapes for adults and Scouts, private surf parties, surf rentals, & day surf lessons year round or telephone (760) 809-3069.

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.

Available Activities and Facilities at South Carlsbad State Beach

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
Camp Store
Restrooms / Showers
Outdoor Showers
Drinking Water Available
Wheelchair Accessible