Carlsbad Real Estate News and Views: I’m so Thankful for our Carlsbad Beaches

Here's the REAL scoop on living in Carlsbad ~ beaches, things to do, places to eat, community events, and of course neighborhoods, homes and the Carlsbad real estate market in general, including surrounding communities like Encinitas, Cardiff, San Marcos, Oceanside, Solana Beach and Del Mar.

I’m so Thankful for our Carlsbad Beaches

I’m Thankful for our Carlsbad Beaches


Debbie Reynolds is sponsoring the Thanksgiving Challenge that ends today, Thanksgiving Day, with abundant opportunities for us to share why we are thankful and for what! This is such a thoughtful challenge, and it’s been fun to read about the thanks flowing around ActiveRain and the country!


For the last post, I’m thankful for our Carlsbad beaches!


Terramar Beach in Carlsbad


My town of Carlsbad is basically one big beach - 7 miles long – at the edge of the continent. There are a number of different areas, with names (Tamarack Beach, South Ponto State Beach, North Ponto State Beach, Hole in the Fence, Warm Waters, Terramar, Jetties, Army Navy, Frazee,and you’ll hear other names, too) and a variety of access points; some are stairs, a few areas are accessed by beach paths, and others offer the opportunity to walk from your parking spot right onto the beach (South Carlsbad).


Some offer more sand to enjoy at low tide, or better surfing, and everyone probably has their favorites.


pool at Terramar Beach Carlsbad


Most of my life has been spent near beaches or within an hour or so on the east and west coasts, and it would be difficult to be far away from them, and the lifestyle they offer that I enjoy so much.


Beach erosion in Carlsbad


One of the things about our Carlsbad beaches that I’m thankful for is their accessibility. There are a few pay lots at the state beaches, but otherwise parking is free along the coast road (Route 101, Carlsbad Boulevard) and in adjacent neighborhoods across the street; all residents and visitors can park and enjoy the beach whenever they wish for free. The beaches in Carlsbad are NOT limited to the fortunate few who can afford to live on or next to the beach, but are there for anyone.


yoga on the beach in Carlsbad


Those who enjoy camping have a number of options at the state beaches in Carlsbad on the bluffs, including accessible camp sites and tables. I’ve heard the camping areas are very popular and fill up fast, even a year in advance.


There are designated parking spots for those with disabilities, and the South Ponto Beach area offers an accessibility ramp as well as a beach wheelchair.


Fair on the beach in Carlsbad


There’s something very tranquil about the beach, even when crowded on our summer holidays, and I find it immediately relaxing to take walks or even just to drive along going to and from appointments or to stop for a few moments at sunset to enjoy nature’s beauty. Even better when I take a few moments with my camera to enjoy nature’s beauty, especially the sunsets.


I’m thankful daily on being able to enjoy a lifestyle by the beach and to enjoy all that the beaches offer that suit my style and personality. That, so far, does NOT extend to surfing! LOL. And I’m grateful to be able to help others find their lifestyle and home by the beaches.


Heron on the beach in Carlsbad


I’m also very thankful for the private, city, county, and state organizations who are committed to keeping our beaches in Carlsbad clean, and to deal with erosion and related issues like bluff collapses and sea caves that have occurred in several areas (especially near Terramar Beach). I think most people are careful when using the beaches, but some leave trash scattered about or climb on the bluffs which can cause erosion issues, as well as being dangerous.


Here are just a few of the organizations that work on preserving our beaches, a year-round process: Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, the Surfrider Organization, the California Coastal Commission, San Diego Coastkeeper, I Love a Clean Ocean, and the Department of Parks and Recreation.


These organization organize clean-up efforts, provide education, and some sponsor fund-raising and educational events. And of course residents and visitors can do their part to help protect our beaches and keep trash from the ocean.


I’ve lived in Carlsbad nears the beaches for over 13 years now and continue to love where we live. I’m so very thankful!

Rocks on the beach in Carlsbad


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Comment balloon 19 commentsJeff Dowler, CRS • November 22 2018 09:29PM


Good afternoon 

Thank you for sharing your information with us 

Have a great day.


Posted by Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM, Associate Broker (Harry Norman, REALTORS® ) over 1 year ago

Jeff you guys are blessed with beautiful beaches out there to enjoy.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 1 year ago

Thank you for stopping by on Thanksgiving Day, Anthony Acosta - ALLATLANTACONDOS.COM  Hope you've had a wonderful holiday!


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 1 year ago

Hi George Souto 

Well you won't get any disagreement from me about that! I enjoy them when I can...which is not nearly enough!

Hope you have had a wonderful Thanksgiving.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, CRS, The Southern California Relocation Dude (eXp Realty of California) over 1 year ago

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thankgiving from our family to yours, hoping you are having an amazing year!


Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) over 1 year ago

Hi Jeff- I am always amazed at the differences in your beaches and ours!!! 

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. 


Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 1 year ago

Oh, another reason to keep Carlsbad in my sights for retirement - I absolutely love your area and those photos are fabulous, Jeff!

I hope you & yours had a wonderful Carlsbad Thanksgiving today! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Debe Maxwell, CRS, The right Charlotte REALTOR! ( | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310) over 1 year ago

those are some really amazing photographers you have posted.  I love the west coast beaches as well.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) over 1 year ago

Big difference Jeff Dowler, CRS  from the beaches here

Happy Thanksgiving   

Posted by Hannah Williams, Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818 (Re/Max Eastern inc.) over 1 year ago

Those are beautiful photos - I could feel the peace! 

I think it's great that in most places parking is free.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 1 year ago

Great scenery Mr. D...I can feel the sunshine ...enjoy your weekend !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 1 year ago

I've never been to Carlsbad, Jeff, even though I travelled frequently to Newport and San Diego in the mid-1970's when I was with the Bank of California in San Francisco. I also have an investor client whose Charlotte homes I sold for him when he divested who's lived in Carlsbad for a long time and loves it. Would love to see it some day for myself.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 1 year ago

Jeff, you are so lucky to have such beautiful beaches nearby.  Hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving Day! 

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 1 year ago

Without a doubt, your Carlsbad beaches are wonderful - I love the variety of them. A perfect thing for which to be grateful.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) over 1 year ago

You have the beaches and we have the mountains and snow today to enjoy

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) over 1 year ago

Hi Jeff Dowler, CRS - Happy Thanksgiving!  After seeing those wonderful images, I don't know why folks wouldn't want to buy in Carlsbad. 

Posted by Sheri Sperry - MCNE®, (928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR® (Coldwell Banker Realty) over 1 year ago

Hi Jeff! What beautiful beaches. I am located on the Florida Alabama line, we have great beaches also

Posted by Cynthia "Cyndi" Cook, Residential Real Estate Sales and Vacation Rentals (Keller Williams Realty Alabama Gulf Coast) over 1 year ago

Exquisite photos! The beach is my happy place. Incidentally, I visited my clients that moved to the MS coast recently. In her beach themed bathroom was a plaque displaying the word "Carlsbad". I inquired, and that's where she lived before moving to MS. Small world. :)

Posted by Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty, 601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell (Front Gate Real Estate) over 1 year ago

You have so many beautiful beaches, Jeff. The best part is you can enjoy them all year long.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) over 1 year ago