Beaches are such an important part of Carlsbad’s identity, many people are surprised to find out that the beaches along Carlsbad’s coastline are not officially part of the city. Most of the beaches in Carlsbad are owned and managed by the California State Parks Department, which also provides the lifeguard service, restrooms, picnic areas and parking lots.
Dogs are not allowed on beaches in Carlsbad, but leashed dogs are welcome on the city’s extensive trail system.
The beaches in Carlsbad include:
Getting married on the beach
For information on how to get married at the beach, please contact the Special Events Coordinator at the State Parks Department, which operates and maintains the beaches in Carlsbad, at 619-688-3385. A permit and reservation is required.
Where to take your dog