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South Carlsbad State Beach Camping

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Campgrounds

Campgrounds in South Carlsbad SB

Overview

A brief introduction to South Carlsbad SB

Park summary to come 🙂

Factsheet

Information about South Carlsbad State Beach

Location

Address

7201 Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008

Coordinates

33.1013° N, 117.3186° W

Directions

South Carlsbad State Beach Campground is located 50 miles north of San Diego on the California Coast. From San Diego drive north on I-5 N. Take exit 45 from the I-5 N and follow Poinsettia Lane. Turn right on to Carlsbad Boulevard until you reach the campground.

Elevation

85 ft (26 m)

Area

44 acres (18 ha)

Terrain

Beach

Contact

Phone

(760) 438-3143

Website

South Carlsbad State Beach on California State Parks

Email

SDCD.Concessions@parks.ca.gov

Operator

California State Parks

Links

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Resources

Maps

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Reservations

Reservations available

Up to 6 months in advance of arrival date

Fees

  • Inland campsites (no hook-ups): $35 per night

  • Inland campsites with hook-ups: $60 per night

  • Ocean campsites (no hook-ups): $50 per night

  • Ocean campsites with hook-ups: $75 per night

  • Ocean double campsites with hook-ups: $100 per night

  • Group campsites: $500 per night

  • Additional vehicles: $15 each

Online booking

South Carlsbad State Beach Campground at Reserve California

Phone reservations

(800) 444-7275

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Campground

Season

Open year-round

Access

  • Drive in

  • Walk in

Number of sites

215

Site types

  • Tent campsites

  • RV campsites

  • Trailer campsites

Check-in time

2:00 p.m.

Check-out time

12:00 p.m. (noon)

Pets

Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a six-foot leash. Dogs are not allowed on the beach. Pets must be in your tent/vehicle at night. Service dogs are welcome in all areas.

Campfires

In designated areas only

Group camping

Yes (Pelican Point Group Campsite)

Campsites

Max. site occupants

8

Vehicles per site

3

Maximum vehicle length

35'

Pad type

  • Dirt

  • Paved

Campsite features

Picnic table, fire ring, grill, some sites with hook-ups

Accessibility

Number of accessible sites

10

Accessible campsites

16, 77, 87, 97, 108, 119, 126, 148, 153, and 184

Accommodations

  • Accessible campfire center

  • Accessible parking

  • Accessible restrooms with showers

  • Accessible tables (South Ponto Day Use Area)

  • Accessible vistas

  • Beach access ramp

  • Beach wheelchairs

  • Level, spacious, paved pads

Amenities

Facilities

  • Amphitheater

  • Bike trails

  • Campsite office

  • Day use areas

  • Lookout points

  • Outdoor showers

  • Parking

  • Picnic areas

  • Restrooms with flush toilets and hot showers

  • Visitor center

Hookups

  • Power

  • Sewage

  • Water

Conveniences

  • Camp store

  • Campfire center

  • Grocery stores nearby

  • Laundry

On site

  • Firewood

  • Grills

  • Potable water

  • Picnic tables

Support

  • Campground host

  • Lifeguards (seasonally)

Waste

  • Sani-dump station

  • Recycling

  • Waste (household only)

Activities

Sports

  • Bicycling

  • Body surfing

  • Kayaking

  • Surfing

  • Swimming

  • Windsurfing

Nature

  • Bird watching

  • Interpretive programs

  • Scuba diving

  • Snorkeling

  • Stargazing

Recreation

Service

Wifi

Unavailable

Carriers

  • AT&T

  • T-Mobile

  • U.S. Cellular

  • Verizon

Nearby

Attractions

Campgrounds

To come

Members say

Pros

  • Long sandy beach with warm water

  • Campsites with amazing views of the ocean

  • Nearby city amenities and restaurants

Cons

  • Small campground that books quickly

  • Sites are a bit close to one another

  • Some theft in the area

Tips

  • Oceans can be dangerous; check conditions before swimming

  • Campground will be closed from October 24 – November 11 for scheduled maintenance

  • Please respect speed limits within the park

Best campsites

1 – 72, 156 – 222

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