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Address: San Diego, CA

RV campgrounds and uncrowded beaches are what you will find along this...

RV campgrounds and uncrowded beaches are what you will find along this popular recreation area in San Diego.

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It is amazing to be in the Carlsbad beach, that sometimes there is not a soul other than yourself in this beach.

It is never crowded other than weekends on a summer sunny day. At around 7 AM many a day I could be the only person walking in the beach excepting one or two others. You need to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Staying here for the the Thanksgiving holiday and have a beach site next to the stairs. The weather is amazing and the sound and site of the surf breathtaking but for $50 it is really just like parking along PCH. The campground only has ocean side and Carlsbad Blvd side so there is no real camping feeling. It is nice... More 

Thank Kerri H
Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is never crowded other than weekends on a summer sunny day. At around 7 AM many a day I could be the only person walking in the beach excepting one or two others. You need to time your visit with the ebb tide then you get a lot of the beach.. It is also good for surfing. The waves... More 

Thank asimbose
Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My son had booked our campsite months ahead to get a spot so if you want to camp here you need to plan ahead for sure. We were right on the ocean side and could hear the waves all night long...so peaceful to be lulled to sleep by. The bathrooms were individual, clean and well light. There were a number... More 

Thank HappyAdventures41
Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This is one of our favorite beaches to visit in this area. Of course living close to it helps. The picture shows it realistically and it is frequently not crowded. Good waves for surfing and boogie boarding. Smooth sand and warm sunshine, what more could you ask for?

Thank cobraman427
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Man can't beat the price for this location! Great ocean views and beach access. Great people too. The camp store is reasonably priced, in fact get your fire wood there, at the Ralph's down the street, it's 2 doll hairs more. Since the campground is on a cliff, you do have stairs that could be rough for some people. If... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

South Carlsbad Beach, or Ponto Beach as the locals call it, is a great beach for walking along. I have started here and walked all the way to Encinitas when the tide is out. The locals like to park right along the roadside, but there is a parking lot. Of course, it is an undeveloped beach area and does not... More 

Thank NickiG555
Las Cruces, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

Great State Park with limited full RV hookups. Spaces are large and wide. Rules say max size is 35' but they are very lenient and we saw many at the 38-40' length. Easy walk to the beach and plenty of restrooms and showers. Excellent dry camping sites overlooking the beach and ocean. Small convenience store. Rates for full hookups is... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

Campground is a single road that follows the Pacific Coast for 2-3 miles. A perfect spot for surfers seeking our southern swells. I prefer boondocking, but, a good many spots offer electric. Their camp store is well stocked. Campground is situated next to a beautiful lagoon on the south end.

Thank Victoria W
Goodyear, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Great location. Friendly and fun atmosphere. Got busy at times but the beach is clean and the weather did not disappoint. We love Carlsbad!

Thank Vasquezcinco
carlsbad ca
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

not many beach areas have been spared from full development in southern california. im proud to say this is one of those relatively unspoiled places. the camping area has been there for decades. other than that it pretty much looks and feels like it has for 100 years?

Thank ndepndant

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