South Carlsbad State Beach Campground is the largest of San Diego’s coastal campgrounds, offering more than 200 campsites for tents, RVs, and trailers. Managed by the state parks service, the campground is located on the bluffs above Carlsbad State Beach, a gorgeous stretch of sand and surf.
|Site types||Tent, RV|
|Amenities||Potable Water, Hot Showers, Flush Toilets, Trash Receptacles, Fire Rings, Picnic Tables, Camp Store, Beach Showers|
|Max RV/Trailer Size||35 feet|
|Campground address||7201 Carlsbad Blvd.|
Carlsbad, CA 92008
|Campground GPS||33.101378, -117.318721|
South Carlsbad State Beach Campground is located 4.3 miles south of Carlsbad and 5 miles north of Encinitas, both incorporated towns in San Diego County. The campground sits atop coastal bluffs overlooking the narrow strip of beach of South Carlsbad State Beach.
The campground is arranged in two loops that extend north and south from the campground entrance off Coastal Highway 101. There are 130 sites in the north loop and 92 sites in the south loop.
The sites are organized into two rows. The sites on the western side overlook the beach below, and the sites on the easter side are closer to Highway 101. Generally speaking, the sites on the bluffs are more desirable, due to the ocean view and less noise from the road.
The campsites have picnic tables and fire ring/grill combos.
Other San Diego beach camping
Can’t get a reservation at the South Carlsbad campground or just looking for other options? Check out our guide to San Diego beach campgrounds. A great alternative beach campground is San Elijo State Beach Campground about 6 miles south.