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
Tent or RV sites
212 sites
Up to 8 guests per site
Up to 6 vehicles
No wheelchair access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
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


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Hipcamper Nick
Nick L.
recommends this listing.
December 18th, 2018

Stay on the cliff side if you can away from the highway noise, and be sure to bring cover as there is no shade. Campground books out well in advance, don't bother driving up. Campground is huge, has a camp store in the busy season, fire rings, running water, toilets, coin showers, and beautiful views.

Hipcamper Sara + Mike
Sara + Mike (.
recommends this listing.
November 7th, 2018

Yes, our site was right on the beach and absolutely amazing!

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

Woulderful place to be by ocean....

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

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

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

Love the cliffs, 120 steps down to the beach.

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

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

South Carlsbad State Beach
United States
Phone Number
(760) 438-3143
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33.103° N, 117.319° W
Unknown price
Tent / RV / Trailer: 212 Sites
(Up to 8 people per site)