Warm Water Jetty Beach

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Located just across the street from NRG Cabrillo Power plant along Carlsbad Blvd.
Temperature waters and a relaxing atmosphere make Warm Water Jetty Beach in Carlsbad the perfect spot for surfers and swimmers.
Why you'll love this beach
Why you'll love this beach
Quality Surfing & Warm Water Await at Carlsbad's Warm Water Jetty Beach
Warm Water Jetty Beach
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Overview

Playing in Water at Warm Water Jetty BeachRocks, Beach and Cliffs at Warm Water Jetty Beach

Warm Water Jetty Beach in Carlsbad gets its name from the temperate waters that flow between the many rock jetties located in this area. The water is heated by the nearby Carlsbad Power Plant, which is situated directly behind the beach itself. In fact, the beach is very easy to identify by first-time visitors coming from all directions thanks to the towering smokestack that marks the plant.

Located in South Carlsbad State Beach, this beach is much-loved by local surfers for the great conditions it offers much of the year. The favorable conditions make the beach an excellent destination for many other outdoor enthusiasts, whether you're traveling on your own, with friends, with family, or significant others looking for a romantic getaway. The beach is also part of an essential ecological reserve dedicated to protecting resources and wildlife that populate the area.

While there are plenty of things to do during your visit, there's also so much to see. You can view the scenic waters and cliffs from the many walkways and paths located throughout the area, and there's much natural beauty on display when hiking along the nearby trails.

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Things to Do

Fishing
Fishing
Jet Skiing
Jet Skiing
Kayaking
Kayaking
Sunbathing
Sunbathing

Why This Beach Is So Loved

Surfing at Warm Water Jetty Beach

While there are many fun activities to partake in at this beach, it's best known for its quality surfing. The temperate, comfortable water has given this beach an alternate name of Warm Waters Beach by locals and visitors alike. When it comes to skill, it's recommended for experienced surfers due to the more challenging waves and conditions, which are categorized as regional classic in terms of wave quality.

The normal length of waves at the beach is 150 to 450 feet, while on a good day wave length is classed as long, ranging from 450 to 900 feet depending on the particular day. When it comes to wave frequency, breaks should be expected. On average, waves can be described as fast and powerful, which is why experienced surfers are best suited to these surf conditions.

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Did you know?
The water at Warm Water Jetty Beach is actually warmer than the normal ocean temperature due to the power plant using ocean water to cool down the steam used to make electricity.

The wave type is categorized as sand-bar. The wind direction is east, northeast, while the swell direction is north, northwest, and west. During the week the beach is less occupied, but expect a crowd when visiting during the weekend.

Other Things to Do at Warm Water Beach

Of course, that's not all Warm Water Jetty Beach has to offer visitors from all over the world. There are also plenty of spots for fishing and beach watching all along the shoreline, with ample scenic areas perfect for snapping pictures to send to your loved ones back home. If you're interested in a more relaxing experience while visiting the beach, there is ample opportunity for beachcombing, which is a great activity for families.

Agua Hedionda Lagoon sits between two of the jetties, which is home to an ecological reserve, as well as an outdoor water recreation area. If you're a fan of watersports, look into watercraft rental, including jet skis, wave runners, boats, kayaks, canoes, and even aqua cycles. Because the water is much calmer in the lagoon, it's best for kids, families, and those lacking surfing experience.

Hiking Trails

There are also plenty of hiking trails located throughout Agua Hedionda Lagoon. These trails are ideal for both hiking and running, and dogs are also welcome provided they're kept on a leash at all times. Trails are accessible throughout the year and hikers of all skill levels can find a suitable trail in this area.

Stay Nearby at the West Inn & Suites

The West Inn & Suites is located only two miles away from Warm Water Jetty Beach. This resort is the perfect place to relax after all of your adventures at the beaches and attractions in Carlsbad.

How to Get There & Parking

Lot Parking
Lot Parking
Street Parking
Street Parking

Getting Warm Water Jetty Beach

Coast Highway 101 extends all along the shore, making this beach very accessible by vehicle. Additionally, the beach itself is quite easy to spot thanks to the nearby power station. To get to Warm Water Jetty Beach exit the I-5 at Cannon Rd and head west. Then turn right on Carlsbad Blvd, the beach will be on the left in about a quarter mile.

Parking at Warm Water Jetty Beach

You can take advantage of a paid parking lot, which is conveniently located at the intersection of Tamarack Ave. and Carlsbad Blvd. However, there is also ample street parking available along the beach if you're willing to hunt for a parking space.

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Know Before You Go & Tips

Lifeguards
Lifeguards
No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Camping
No Camping
No Dogs
No Dogs
No Glass Containers
No Glass Containers
No Motorized Vehicles
No Motorized Vehicles
No Smoking
No Smoking
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Restrooms
Restrooms
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

Tips for Warm Water Jetty

Know your Limits

When partaking in water-based activities, swimmers and surfers are encouraged to watch out for the undertow and obstacles like buoys, which can be found throughout the water. While there are lifeguards on patrol, they're usually only present during peak seasons. On the beach, glass bottles, alcohol, dogs, and fires are not allowed.

Facilities Available

Restroom facilities are also accessible throughout the beach.

Beach Hours

Warm Water Jetty Beach is open from 6 am to 10 pm each day.

Warm Water Jetty Beach
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Lifeguards
Lifeguards
Restrooms Available
Restrooms Available
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available
This Month's Forecast
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63℉ / 78℉
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56℉ / 73℉
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51℉ / 68℉
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