Reasons to Love Living in Carlsbad CA – The Beaches

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Reasons to Love Living in Carlsbad CA

~ Beaches ~


There are plenty of reasons to love living in, or visiting, Carlsbad CA. That includes our beaches, the arts, dining, shopping, recreational opportunities, tourist stuff, housing, sports and our weather.


Terramar Beach in Carlsbad CA


In this article the focus is on the Carlsbad beaches.


Carlsbad has about 7 miles of beach, from the Oceanside border at Point Malo and the mouth of the Buena Vista Lagoon to the north, and south along the Coast Road/Historic Route 101 to the Leucadia area of Encinitas.


Sandcastles on the beach in Carlsbad


There are lots of different beaches by name (e.g., Terramar, Warm Waters, Hole in the Fence, South Ponto, Frazee, Tamarack, Jetties, Carlsbad State Beach). However, it’s hard to tell where each one starts and ends, and perhaps it really doesn’t matter. It's one uninterrupted beach from north to south!


The Carlsbad Magazine has a map toward the back showing all the different beach names for reference. And some people refer to different beach areas by the numbered lifeguard shacks, from 20 to 38, or simply by landmarks.



The beaches are a big draw in Carlsbad, and life on or near the beaches is pretty special. People certainly enjoy the beaches for different reasons: sitting on the sand or in a chair and taking in the views and sounds, stretched out on a towel for a nap, watching the sun set, and enjoying dining al fresco.


Sunset watching at the beach in Carlsbad CA


You’ll want to watch the ocean to see if you catch sight of the gray and blue whales that are migrating north and south at different times of the year. You’ll see dolphins, too, on occasion.


Do you enjoy photography? The beaches, ocean and sunsets are great opportunities for amateur and professional photographers. There are so many things to photograph – the bluffs, bird life, interesting patterns in the sand, the waves, the setting sun and so much more.


Terramar Beach in Carlsbad


Some people prefer to be more active at the beach – walking or running, surfing, boogie boarding, stand-up paddle boarding, playing beach volley ball, kite flying, wind surfing, kayaking, or tossing a frisbee back and forth. Perhaps you like to build sand castles!


Stand-up Paddle Boarding in Carlsbad CA


There are yoga classes on the beach, or you can attend surfing school if you’re just getting started!



Public access to the beaches is good overall. In some areas you can park and walk on to the beach (just south of the Village by Tamarack). However, be aware there are places further north beyond South Carlsbad State Beach where you will need to take stairs, in some cases significant ones (e.g., Terramar Beach south of Cannon Road).


Terramar Beach steps in Carlsbad at sunset


Most of the parking along the coast road, where it’s available, is free. But there are some pay parking lots at the North and South State Beaches.


You’ll also find some free parking in the residential areas across the road from the beach, even in the Village, although it may be limited. Watch the signage in case parking time is limited as it does get monitored.


Does the parking by the beaches get crowded? You bet, especially on weekends, holidays, and especially during the summer. But walking from your car to the beach is worth it, plus it's good exercise for you.


If you have any questions about the beaches, or things happening in Carlsbad, please let me know.


If you are interested in buying a home in Carlsbad start your home search using the link below to see the complete current inventory.


I can also set up a custom search for you based on your criteria including your budget. Just reach out to me directly or via text to (760) 840-1360.




In case you missed the earlier posts on the Reasons to Love Living in Carlsbad, here are some links to prior articles. 


Part 1 The Arts – Theater, Film and Outdoor Movies

Part 2 The Arts – Music

Part 3 The Arts - Wall Murals, Sculpture, Galleries and Art Fairs

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Comments (13)

Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, I am back in my room, and have a fabulous view of the beach and ocean from my couch now.   Envious you have it all year round!

Sep 27, 2023 10:04 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Joan Cox 

Well I am not close enough to see it from my house, but I can visit whenever I want...I would have a tough time not living near the beach!

Hope you are having a great trip!


Sep 27, 2023 10:07 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi Jeff... I love the unique names of the beaches in Carlsbad. Your photos are great and I love the variety of beaches.

Sep 27, 2023 12:27 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thanks Nina Hollander, Broker . There are other names, too.

Glad you enjoyed the photos - as you would expect I have lots of beach scenes.


Sep 27, 2023 12:55 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I love all the beach photos you selected for us Jeff Dowler, CRS . They all have a lot in common yet their own unique vibe!

Sep 27, 2023 04:35 PM
Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

All true, the beaches are special, We enjoyed the beach at Coronado.

Sep 27, 2023 06:38 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jeff Dowler, CRS  when I lived in Marina del Rey we were walking distance to the beach but I can  count on one hand how many times I did go to the beach< Endre

Sep 27, 2023 09:21 PM
Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC
eXp Realty LLC Salina Group - Salina, KS
Love To Help People

Excellent post.Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day and a blessed week

Sep 27, 2023 09:44 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

Thank you Charles Ross - eXp Realty LLC 

Sep 28, 2023 01:22 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

The beaches and the ocean are the number one reason that I enjoy visiting your area so much and perhaps one day I can afford to have a small hut near the beach, haha.

Sep 28, 2023 04:36 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Thank you Dorie Dillard Austin TX 

I have a huge collection of Carlsbad beach photos but it was pretty easy to select the ones I wanted to share.


Sep 28, 2023 11:00 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 

The Coronado beaches ARE quite nice - it's a very popular destination in San Diego.

Thanks for stopping by!


Sep 28, 2023 11:01 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Endre Barath, Jr. 

Interesting that you rarely visited the beach in MDR...but at least it was nearby if you ever wanted to go.


Sep 28, 2023 01:21 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Brian England 

Perhaps some day! But at least you can enjoy visiting.

I would have a tough time living somewhere not near the beach.


Sep 28, 2023 01:24 PM