Sitting pretty and nestled right on top of the bluffs that look down on South Carlsbad Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach campground boasts a whopping 226 campgrounds with two day use areas and stair access down to the very reason you’re camping there -- the shore. In addition to all the normal amenities that campsites have, South Carlsbad offers a small camp store that has groceries, firewood, and ice (nothing special but definitely a pleasant convenience). Sites 1-72 and 156-222 are all right on the edge of the cliff, which is a pretty awesome aspect of the campground, if we do say so ourselves.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans, trailers, RVs
212 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Sewage hookups
Max size unknown
Potable water available
Picnic table available


Offered near the campground.


Following the trend of previous gorgeous SoCal beaches, South Carlsbad State Beach is known particularly well for its surf fish...Read more


Some visitors enjoy heading over to the Carlsbad lagoon for some sweet kayaking and boating options. This is definitely nice if...Read more


The surf around Carlsbad is always consistent and cause for a great day, so throw on that wetsuit, snag your board, and head ou...Read more


What’s the perfect next step after laying on the beach for hours on end in the glorious sun? Taking that perfect refreshing dip...Read more


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Hipcamper Jason
Jason Z.
didn't provide a recommendation.
December 5th, 2016

Have camped here many times. Very quiet a lot of the year and at night. Not much car noise or train noise compared to San Elijo - Cardiff a few miles south. Spaces are big. They have a few hookups that were added a few years ago. Camp Store is open during warmer months. Grocery and few restaurants are about 1/2 mile away and new Cape Rey resort is now across the street which is actually quite nice. Beach is in need of sand a lot of the year. Popular with surfers. Fairly quiet as there isn't a lot of parking outside the campground so most people on the beach are staying at the campground. Locals go to the southern and northern ends. Great place to camp....clean restrooms and showers. Tough to get spots most of the year

Looking south.  Better sandSunset.  New Years Day 2016Looking North.  January 2016.  Beach can be rocky in places during the winter
Hipcamper Gale
Gale S.
didn't provide a recommendation.
April 23rd, 2015

This campsite fills up quickly, so best to get there early in the day or reserve in advance. There isn't a whole lot of privacy and the smell of campfire is pervasive when it's full. (Good or bad? Your call)

Hipcamper Owen
Owen N.
recommends this listing.
January 27th, 2017

Only camp on the beach side. The east side is to loud

Cardiff state campground at sunset. Doesn't get much better
Hipcamper john
John M.
recommends this listing.
May 31st, 2017

Hook-ups are for 2 vehicles, both with electric, water and sewer. No shade in hook-up sites.

Hipcamper Mia
Mia S.
recommends this listing.
July 21st, 2017

The sunsets are gorgeous!! Bring a jacket for the evening. And try to get a site along the bluff! The views from those are incredible. They have fire pits as well. They also have stairways to walk right down to the sand and ocean. It feels surreal and such a refreshing experience!

Hipcamper Brian
Brian R.
recommends this listing.
April 10th, 2017

Love the cliffs, 120 steps down to the beach.

Hipcamper Gina
Gina F.
recommends this listing.
February 10th, 2018

Get a beachside campsite. The car traffic can be noisy.

Hipcamper David
David W.
recommends this listing.
October 5th, 2018

Woulderful place to be by ocean....

South Carlsbad State Beach
Phone Number
(760) 438-3143
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33.103° N, 117.319° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 202 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)