Carlsbad, California

South Carlsbad State Beach

Carlsbad, California



Carlsbad, California
Phone: (760) 438-3143

Sites: 222
Recent Rate: $50 2/2015

Latitude: 33.1018909124111
Longitude: -117.318379802427

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites no
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) ?
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers ?
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities ?
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station ?
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available ?
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available ?
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts ?
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) no
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) no
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service ?
  • Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup no
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem no
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground ?
  • Pet Area Pet Area ?
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse ?
  • Camp Store Camp Store ?
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar ?
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) ?
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room ?
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access ?
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake ?
  • Pond Pond ?
  • River River ?
  • Creek Creek ?
  • Ocean Ocean ?
  • Water Park Water Park ?
  • Casino Casino ?

Review Details

Ratings overview

25 Reviews

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Suru

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2015 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed in an ocean side site and the view was beautiful. Our site wasn't very level, but I think it was just that site as others looked fine. We were in a site with no hookups, but a water spigot was right across the street. In fact, water spigots and bath houses were plentiful throughout the campground.

The first night we were there, the people in the site next to us sneaked in outside guests and partied and played the radio til 1:00 in the morning. They were pretty loud but fortunately I was in a trailer and it wasn't too bad, but still rude and inconsiderate of other campers. I felt sorry for the people nearby camping in a tents and the people across from us who had little kids. To my surprise, early the next morning the park ranger evicted the party crowd, so beware, they do enforce quiet time rules. Other than that the campground was quiet and peaceful. It was a great place to walk on the beach and ride bikes. The restrooms were plentiful and cleaned often. It was relaxing watching the surfers and we saw dolphins and seals playing in the water.

Unfortunately, the next night it rained heavily and our campsite turned into a duck pond with 3 to 4 inches of water covering at least half of it. It was still raining heavily in the morning so we just packed up and left. So between the party crowd keeping us up and the rain, it wasn't the best of trips. I'd like to go back some day and try it again though. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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Clean Restrooms

Clean Showers

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MrSunshine

Review Count: 60
States Visited: 17
Helpful Reviews: 4

Date of Stay: February, 2014 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This is an older park which is just a little shabby, but if you can get one of the ocean front sites. The views are spectacular. Many of the sites are so wide you can park your rig sideways or at an angle to the ocean. The sites are literally right on the edge of the bluff with a 180 degree ocean view right outside your door! This campground gets busy on weekends in the winter with families and groups of surfers, but it was not very noisy and never felt very congested because of the size of the sites and the openness on the ocean side. I imagine it is full all summer long. The sound of the ocean drowned out traffic and generator noise pretty well. I would return here in a heartbeat, but only on the ocean side. If I were on the other side of the road, I would rate it about a 6. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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SargeW

Review Count: 326
States Visited: 48
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: June, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This is one of our favorite state beaches, primarily due to the ocean views. The ocean side sites are much more desirable than the sites that back up to the road. Navigating the narrow roads can be challenging, so drive slow through the campground due to many children running around. It really could use the sewer dumps relocated to a not so congested area, but that would be difficult. I will stay here again. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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User1835

Review Count: 18
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: March, 2013 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed for one night; this state beach is very popular, obtaining a site can be challenging. I booked through reserveamerica.com. There is a $2 savings for seniors. There are only about six sites that have hookups,water, sewer, currently no electric. The rest are dry camping. We noticed three sets of stairs that give access to the beach. There is a small general store and concession stand at the entrance. Make sure you obtain some shower tokens at the ranger station. You get two tokens for a dollar; a token is good for a three minute shower. The WIFI availability is within 150 feet of campground office. I didn't try it though for connecting, etc. The park only has two dump stations, which for a park of this size would be adequate if there was a waiting area available without blocking traffic. We enjoyed our stay and will return. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Motorhome.

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broken peace

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: March, 2012 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Only stayed 1 night. It was great weather but cold at night. I was told its really hard to get a spot in the summer. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Motorhome.

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TvE

Review Count: 5
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We stayed one night in October (wanted to stay for two but had to leave due to a family emergency, sadly). The campground is nice, probably "very nice" for southern California beach campgrounds. Others have described it better than I can. If yo;u get a site on the ocean side of the road, you're right by the fence beyond which the bluff drops down to the beach. Really quite amazing. However, you're in San Diego county, which seems to mean that you're never more than 10 minutes away from the next helicopter fly-by. Day and night, or so it seemed. Also, we were in the southern section of the park and the street (US1?) is really very close, so that brings noise as well. We concluded that we either have to seriously reset our expectations for that part of CA or go elsewhere. If you're in the area and are looking for a place, I would recommend this one. Sadly, CA state parks have become expensive, we paid $50 for the night. Cell reception was outstanding, I had a strong Verizon 4G signal. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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TARDISRV

Review Count: 11
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: May, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

$35 per night on the inland side and $50 per night on the ocean view side. We arrived on Sunday afternoon. All of the dumpsters were overflowing with trash, but they were emptied on Monday morning. My wife and I liked the privacy afforded by the large sites and tall bushes or trees between each site. Some sites had room for two 40' RVs and a car. Unlike many ocean campgrounds in Central and Southern California, we were not near a busy highway nor trains. In the future I will try to stay in sites 169, 177, 178, 185, 186 or 187 since they have ocean views, but no campsites across from them. Unless you like bright night lights shining on you, I would stay away from those sites directly across from the restrooms and those near intersections with signals and bright street lights. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Motorhome.

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Pumpman2

Review Count: 17
States Visited: 2
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice park, big sites, can get 2 motorbikes in some sites. No hookups but has dump station. Beach is 150 steps down. Lots of rocks and not as much sand. Very isolated at least at this time of year. Surfing and fishing allowed. Camp store well equipped hours 8-8. Good kite flying with strong winds. Fire rings are a strong metal drum about 2 feet high. Park in linear with one long street with turnarounds at the end. About 200 spots. Road is okay for bike riding or dog walking. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Motorhome.

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LISAREAM

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2011 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

We camp here whenever we can get a site, which is hard to do. Ocean-side sites are great but you can still see the water from most other sites. Plenty of room to park your trailer/truck and some can accommodate 2 rigs. Very narrow road used by lots of kids, dogs and carts is busy all day but park is very quiet at night. Not the best beach to swim but plenty of other sites nearby. Great dining in Cardiff, Carlsbad and Encinitas. Very private sites due to trees and brush between most. Booking for most summer months takes place in the space of about 8 minutes in early February, but walk-ups available through May and again in September for some weekends. Take your dog! You must keep it leashed in the campground, but about 8 miles away is the Del Mar Dog Beach: dogs are unleashed until Memorial Day and then again after Labor Day. Can't wait to go back! We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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San Diego Traveler

Review Count: 23
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: October, 2010 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Campground has no hook-ups, so it's strictly dry camping only. Sites are dirt, but fairly level. Most sites have tall bushes (or short trees) between them that provide some privacy. Ocean sites are on cliff overlooking the ocean. You can back right up to the fence and see nothing but the ocean from your back window. Campground is close enough to larger cities to find just about anything you need, like restaurants, grocery stores, hardware stores, shopping, golf, etc. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Fifth Wheel.

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Stephenb

Review Count: 4
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: June, 2010 - $60.00
Overall Rating:      

A great place to camp with the large sites, beautiful view and great surfing. The campground is always full in the summer and they heavy use makes it hard to keep bathrooms clean. We stay here as often as we can get reservations, which is difficult. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Travel Trailer.

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Trige

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: April, 2010 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

Always an awesome experience here. Although sometimes a bit windy, makes for some great kite flying. We also watch a couple of people fly their RC Sail Planes here which was neat. Park staff is always friendly, as are the other campers. The sand is almost all absent from the beaches below, leaving mostly rocks, but is still nice to walk in the rocks and find some nice ones here and there. Space size can vary, but most sites are quite large and in some cases you can park your rig to "box in" the site. Generator hours are from 10A to 8P, but with the Ocean constantly roaring in the background, unless someone on the surrounding campsites has an annoyingly loud generator, you will hardly notice. Off-Air antenna works GREAT in this location. **Only problem, which does not really have to do with the State Beach itself, is the construction on Carlsbad Blvd. You cannot come straight into the park from Poinsettia. They changed this due to the amount of traffic that would be backed up toward the freeway. The ONLY way into the park is driving SB on Carlsbad Blvd. With SB Carlsbad Blvd. CLOSED at Palomar Airport Road, you are forced to take Poinsettia to NB Carlsbad Blvd and then a U-Turn at the first light. They have widened the road in order for RV's to make these wide turns which is not too much of a problem, but any U-turn in a RV is annoying. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Motorhome.

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thejbark

Review Count: 9
States Visited: 6
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: February, 2010 - $50.00
Overall Rating:      

This is a great town and a nice park. Good shopping with outlets near by. Water views are worth the price. The new prices for this park are ocean views at $50.00 and off-ocean sites $35.00. There are no hook ups. Water is located through out the park. Staff and volunteers are great. The park is starting to enforce the max length of 35 feet as of January 2010. The nice thing about this park is you can have any combination of three vehicles per site, with the third vehicle charge of $12.00 per night. So two motorhomes and one toad you could park all three on one site with the third car or motor home being charged an additional $12.00. Be warned not all sites will be big enough for all three. Some sites are out of level. Bring extra blocks if this is your first time to the park. Verizon cell and 3G broadband worked well. This is a busy park in the summer, so book early. We will be back. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Motorhome.

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The traveler

Review Count: 52
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: November, 2009 - $35.00
Overall Rating:      

Nice wide sites, Wi-Fi is available from AT&T if you are close to the Grocery store, not free. My Verizon cell and net card worked great. Great view of the ocean from the ocean view sites. There is a stairway down to the beach, nice clean beach and not busy, some surfers. Can't wait to go again. We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Motorhome.

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madirain

Review Count: 2
States Visited: 1
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2009 - $25.00
Overall Rating:      

Excellent park: clean with nice, helpful staff. Quiet and kid friendly. Great spot if you are traveling through. Stores local and great restaurants are within walking distance We camped at South Carlsbad State Beach in a Motorhome.

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