Exploring Carlsbad, CA
Carlsbad is a coastal town in San Diego County with great museums, beaches, and shopping. The Carlsbad Village Center has dozens of boutiques, and the town hosts the largest single-day street fair in the nation each May and November. Take the shuttle service and enjoy!

Map icon place
Post display cropped open uri20121224 30965 18so35e?1438657013

Multi-use Beach

Large arrow left

S. Ponto Beach is a big favorite with local residents. (The annual surf clinic for the blind and sight-impaired (with nearly 100 surfer-assistant volunteers from the Swami’s Surfing Association and San Diego Surf Academy) is held mid-Sept every year.
Plenty of sand to stretch out on, and the sand dunes shelter the beach from Highway 101. This popular beach is backed by the tranquil Batiquitos Lagoon to the east.
Check out the viewpoint at the top of the stairs at the south end for a spectacular view of the North County coastline. It's handicapped accessible, with two parking spaces right off 101 (just south of the parking lot entrance). There’s a paved path leading to the viewpoint. The beach can be rocky in places (a very healthy and good thing) & there are large dunes (at the volleyball area) to scramble over to reach the waves.

Batiquitos Lagoon (See highlight about Lagoon) is 600 acres of restored and protected wetlands that opens to the ocean at South Carlsbad State Beach. Paths through the protected area make it accessible to visitors, and leashed dogs are permitted. A popular birdwatching spot, look for Blue Herons, Egrets, Killdeer, even the endangered California Least Tern.)

Large arrow right
read moreread less>
I've been here
No one has been here. Be the first.
Does this place need a closer look by our editors? Let us know.