What the Beach Is Known For
Surfers at Tamarack Surf Beach
When it comes to surfing in Carlsbad, this is definitely the beach to visit. Experienced surfers fare best here and usually find that waves emerge with a regular frequency, while wave quality is described as regional classic (on a good day wave length extends between 450 to 850 feet). The wave breaks next to a jetty and the wave can get hollow and fun.
In general, you can expect a good wind direction. The great conditions mean this beach is often crowded, both during the week as well as the weekends. Less experienced surfers are warned to look out for the undertow and underlying rocks.
Carlsbad Seawall Walk
The Carlsbad Seawall Walk is a popular attraction when visiting this beach. It extends four miles from Carlsbad Village drive to Cannon, and the beach can be reached from numerous access points while exploring the Seawall. On the other side is Coast Hwy 101, which offers ample jogging, walking, and people-watching opportunities during your trip.
Did you know?
Tamarack Surf Beach actually has 2 boardwalks; one on top of the bluff and one on the beach level behind the seawall. To access the boardwalk park at Sycamore Ave, Maple Ave, Cherry Ave or Hemlock Ave.
Other Activities at Tamarack
Many areas of the beach also offer swimming, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing, and different types of paddle boarding. If you're looking for a more relaxed time on the beach, it's also ideal for sunbathing and beachcombing. Visitors can explore the beach by foot, or travel along one of the paths while jogging or walking.
Romantic Sunset Spot
This beach is also ideal for couples in search of a romantic spot to view the ocean or watch the sunset during their visit. The best area for watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean is on the bluff, situated at the north end of the beach.
Stay at Ocean Palms Beach Resort
The Ocean Palms Beach Resort in Carlsbad is the perfect resort to stay at while exploring all the beaches in Carlsbad. It is within a 45 minute drive of the famous San Diego Zoo.