The Beaches of Carlsbad - North Ponto Beach

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North Ponto Beach is the northern day-use beach access point at South Carlsbad State Beach. The North Ponto parking lot is located on the southbound lanes of Carlsbad Boulevard at the north end of South Carlsbad Campground. The water quality at this location next to the Encinas Creek outflow has tested “excellent” year-round despite the Carlsbad wastewater facility nearby. The beach here is narrow unlike the wide beach at South Ponto at the other end of the campground. Surfers park and head out from North Ponto, but few sunbathers and other beachgoers flock to this location. But when the tide isn’t high this is a wonderful beach walk below the steep bluffs of the campground. Carlsbad State Beach has wider beaches located north of here along Carlsbad Boulevard.

Address: Carlsbad Blvd and Island Way Carlsbad, CA 92011

Park Name: South Carlsbad State Beach

Owner: State Park

Activities: Surfing, Swimming, Fishing, Scuba Diving, Sunbathing

Amenities: Restrooms, Lifeguard

Pet Policy: No dogs allowed on the beach

Fees: Fee for parking

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