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What's Open, Closed

Following a special meeting Friday, the Carlsbad City Council approved the following plans and timelines related to easing COVID-19 public health restrictions:

Beaches: Open for limited uses starting Monday at 9 a.m.,

In Carlsbad, the city controls only about three-quarters of a mile of beach, north of Oak Avenue to the Oceanside border. State Parks owns and manages the other six miles of Carlsbad’s coastline. The two agencies have worked together to coordinate timing so both open at the same time. Following Monday's 9 a.m. opening, the modified operating hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Parking lots will remain closed, and parking along Carlsbad Boulevard will continue to be prohibited. 


  • Walking, running, swimming, kayaking, surfing, bodyboarding, body surfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling and scuba diving from the shore
  • Paddleboarding and kayaking at the Agua Hedionda Lagoon entrances
  • Fishing only allowed from a kayak or boat due to county health order

Not allowed

  • Stopping, sitting or lying down on the beach (sand)
  • Gatherings of any kind, games or sports
  • Volleyball, football, frisbee, soccer, yoga, calisthenics or similar activities where you stay in one place
  • Umbrellas, coolers, BBQs

Carlsbad parks: Open to limited use starting Monday at 2 p.m.

City owned parks will reopen to limited use starting Monday, May 4, at 2 p.m. The modified operating hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • “Passive use” only, such as walking, jogging, sitting on the grass.
  • No active use, such as sports games. This is stricter than the county health order, which allows sports activities among people who live together.
  • All community centers, aquatic centers, athletic fields, sports courts, playgrounds, dog parks, skate parks and similar areas will remain closed for now.
  • Number of parking lot spaces will be reduced by at least 50%, as required by the County of San Diego health order.

The following parks fall under these rules:

Alga Norte Community Park
Cadencia Park
Cannon Park
Hidden Canyon Community Park
Hosp Grove Park
Laguna Riviera Park
Maxton Brown Park
Pine Avenue Community Park
Stagecoach Community Park
Aviara Community Park
Calavera Hills Community Park
Frazee/Tamarack Upper Picnic Areas
Holiday Park
La Costa Canyon Park
Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Magee Park
Poinsettia Community Park

Chase Field, Zone 5 park (a sports field) and school sites managed by the City of Carlsbad will remain closed.

City-owned trails: Open Monday, May 4, at 2 p.m.

  • Modified operating hours will be 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Batiquitos Lagoon Trail is open as of Wednesday, May 6. For information visit the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation website. The Nature Center and gate to Aviara Golf Course remain closed.

Crossings at Carlsbad Golf Course: Open Saturday, May 2, at 8 a.m.

The city-owned golf course will open according to the limitations and requirements of the county public health order, including:

  • No congregating
  • No sit-down food service
  • All employees and patrols to undergo temperature screening

Updated 05/06/2020:

Golf carts use will now be allowed but limited to the following two groups:

  • Adults over 55 years of age
  • People of any age with disabilities that would prevent them from walking the course.

In order to use a golf cart, you must meet the above criteria. If you do, you can share the golf cart with a member of your household. Appropriate disinfecting should occur between rounds and/or uses.

All parks, trails, beaches and golf courses in Carlsbad must adhere to county and state public health orders, including new face covering rules. Starting May 1, everyone must have a face covering when they leave their homes and put it on when they cannot maintain a 6-foot distance from people they don’t live with (kids under 2 and people with health conditions preventing use of a face covering are exempt).

More information

City of Carlsbad COVID-19 information page
County public health order
State executive orders
City trails map

July 21, 2020