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About Carlsbad Beaches

South Carlsbad State Beach

South Carlsbad State Beach stretches from La Costa Avenue to Palomar Airport Road and includes a popular 220 site camping area (make reservations far in advance) and two day use areas. Beach areas within the South Carlsbad State Beach include the North Ponto and South Ponto beaches. The South Ponto beach has public restrooms and showers. The North Ponto beach as a public restroom.

Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad State Beach, from Oak Avenue south to nearly Cannon Road, including Frazee State Beach/Tamarack Surf Beach and Warm Water Jetty (in front of the power plant), is one of San Diego’s most popular beaches. The City of Carlsbad provides beach access at Pine Avenue, Sycamore Avenue, Maple Avenue, Cherry Avenue and Tamarack Avenue. Two seawalls connect Pine Avenue and Tamarack Avenue. Dogs on leashes are allowed up top, but not on the lower path. Public restrooms and showers are located at both ends of the path. A seawall also extends from Tamarack Avenue south to nearly Cannon Road for those looking for a longer trek.

North Carlsbad beaches

Beaches from Oak Avenue to the Oceanside border are owned by the coastal property owners along that stretch. All of these beaches are open to the public via easements, and the City of Carlsbad provides public access to these beaches at the Ocean Street public parking lot and Carlsbad Village Drive, Grand Avenue, Christiansen Way, Beech Avenue and Rue des Chateaux. Public restrooms for North Carlsbad beaches are located at nearby Magee Park, on Beech Avenue and Garfield Street.