There are fine street- and beach-level promenades at South Carlsbad State Beach, and although it may be rockier than most beaches in Southern California, it's still a good swimming spot. There's overnight camping for self-contained RVs (800/444–7275). Farther north at the foot of Tamarack Avenue is Carlsbad State Beach. You can't camp here, but there's fishing and jogging trails and the beach has separate swimming and surfing sections. In summer, the south swell
creates good surf when other San Diego beaches are bereft. The cement walkway that borders the beach continues into downtown Carlsbad, which has plenty of restaurants. Carlsbad State Beach has a paid parking lot on Tamarack Ave. Amenities: lifeguards, parking (fee), showers, toilets. Best for: walking, swimming, surfing.