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South Carlsbad State Beach/Carlsbad State Beach
South Carlsbad State Beach/Carlsbad State Beach Review
Erosion from winter storms has made the southern Carlsbad beaches rockier than most beaches in Southern California. This is particularly true of South Carlsbad, a stretch of which is named in honor of Robert C. Frazee, a local politician and civic booster. Still, it's a good swimming spot, there are fine street- and beach-level promenades, and for self-contained RVs there's overnight camping (800/444–7275). Farther north at Carlsbad State Beach, you can't camp, but you can fish, and there's a parking lot. The beach here 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. Amenities: lifeguards, parking (fee), showers, toilets. Best for: walking, swimming, surfing.
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