Lifeguards are only seasonal. If lifeguards are important to you, contact the main lifeguard tower to know whether anyone is covering the beach while you’re visiting. It’s recommended that you never turn your back on the ocean.
Restrooms and showers are not available on Carlsbad City Beach. The closest restrooms are at Magee Park on Beech Ave & Carlsbad Blvd only a few blocks away from the beach entrance at Beech St.
Getting Married on the Beach
Getting married on the beach is allowed, but you do need to contact the San Diego Coast District Office of State Parks Department special events coordinator to make a reservation and get permit information.
Dogs are prohibited on all Carlsbad beaches. Dogs on leashes are permitted on the city’s trails. There are other dog-friendly beaches along the San Diego coast. Try Dog Beach in Del Mar or Fiesta Island in Mission Bay Park.
Know Your Limits
Rip currents are common, and know how to recognize a rip current. Typically, the water has a bit more ripples and can be more murky. If you get caught in a rip current, you need to remain calm. Swim parallel to the shore until you’re out of the rip current.
Fishing License Required for Fishing
Anyone 16 or older needs a license to surf fish in California. When in doubt, ask the rangers for information and any regulations about size limits. California does have two free fishing days each year. Contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to find out what days you can fish without a license.
Carlsbad City Beach is actually a state-run beach. The beach is only open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Some parking lots do not open until 7 a.m. Glass and alcohol are prohibited on the beach. Dogs are also prohibited on the beach. Fires are not allowed at any time on the beach. It is also important that visitors do not feed the wildlife.