Carlsbad Beaches: Get sunburned near Legoland at Tamarack or South Carlsbad State Beach

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Carlsbad Beaches: From the town's northern's boundary, Carlsbad City Beach starts at the southern tip of Buena Vista Lagoon and extends south to Carlsbad Village Drive. A paved jogging path borders this four-mile beach that draws mostly swimmers and surfers, since its onshore amenities are limited.

However, at sunset locals gather on the bluffs toward the beach's north end to watch the sunset and hopefully catch a glimpse of the "green flash" sometimes observable in sunsets over water in middle latitudes.


Carlsbad State Beach, known locally as "Tamarack Beach" after the street at its southern end, is prime territory for body boarders and skimmers who love its soft but large, rolling waves.

Windsurfing, kayaking and scuba diving are also popular here, and the gentle waves also make it popular with families.


Below the entry to Aqua Hedionda Lagoon, locals like South Carlsbad State Beach for its bluff-top campground stretching out along Carlsbad Boulevard.

Stairs lead down to the beach, which not only draws swimmers and surfers: skin divers like this beach as well. The bluffs also offer picnic tables, volleyball courts showers and a campfire center.

South Carlsbad State Beach is one of 85 state parks in California offering free AT&T wireless Internet access, or Wi-Fi.


If you're planning to stay in Carlsbad, be sure to visit our page of hotels near Carlsbad beaches. You can also visit our directory of Carlsbad restaurants.


Overnight camping is available at South Carlsbad State Beach.

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