Carlsbad Beach boardwalk is one of those must-see places to visit, especially if you love the outdoors. It is not the typical boardwalk you would expect.

Making the beach boardwalk one of my to go places, I decided to find out what this one was all about.

As I did more research and decided to take a trip myself, I soon realized it is more than just a boardwalk.

Carlsbad Beach boardwalk is located in southern California in a city known as Carlsbad. The boardwalk, sometimes called “seawall” is a paved road that lines Carlsbad Beach. It is 4 miles long and extends across a couple beaches in Carlsbad. It is a perfect place to do outdoor activities and enjoy some fresh beach air.

What to do on the Beach Boardwalk in Carlsbad

Contrary to what some people think, the boardwalk in Carlsbad beach is actually not a pier that extends into the ocean. Instead, it is a well known paved road where people go to enjoy.


One of the most popular activities I have noticed on the boardwalk is exercising. For someone who enjoys the running and would like to switch up their gym routine, then this is the perfect place to go.

You can find people jogging the paved stretched road of the boardwalk.

If you have little ones…

You’ll be surprised that a lot parents go jogging with their strollers on the paved road.

There are also people doing vigorous HITT workouts.

There’s people skateboarding, roller-blading, and cycling.

Even though you cannot exactly bring your fur baby with you on the beach, the nice thing is that on the boardwalk you can.

You’ll see puppies and dogs of all kind. It is a nice way to get some fresh air for you and your pup. Of course there are other beaches where dogs are allowed, just not this one.

The Carlsbad boardwalk or seawall also dips closer to the ocean. So you can stray off the main paved boardwalk and join the one closer to the ocean if you like.

Some call it the beach pavement.

Some call it seawall.

Some call it boardwalk too.

Whatever the name is, it is a great place to check out.

If your an ocean gazer…

I have seen many people just come to the beach and take in the ocean views. Since the boardwalk is situated on higher ground and closer to the road it is the perfect place to be.

You’ll find many picnic tables, and benches along the Carlsbad boardwalk. Some people just take in the panoramic views of the ocean.

There really isn’t a better place.

The Town near the Boardwalk

The boardwalk is very close to Carlsbad Village. It is here where you can find a number of restaurants and boutiques around the village.

So if you get hungry and looking for a bite to eat then definitely walk here.

If you need bicycle rentals then this is the place to walk around. You will find all types of beach rentals such as kayaks and paddle boards.

A beach near the Carlsbad Beach Boardwalk

One of the beaches you’ll either jog or walk into is the Carlsbad beach called Tamarack Beach.

This little beach is one of the smaller beaches you visit while walking alongside the boardwalk.

Looking for parking?

Tamarack beach is one of those beaches with a mini paved road where you can park and pay for the day.

But because this lot is very tiny and only fits a limited amount of cars, it is most certainly not recommended during peak hours and days.

Unless you come early.

There is plenty more parking along the boardwalk on the road. It is your better bet. If you drive along Carlsbad Blvd, then you won’t find trouble.

If you do decide to come and visit this beach you will notice that it is very popular among surfers.  

Some people call it the Tamarack Surf Beach because if you are a surfer, then most likely you have heard of this beach. And of course you definitely will end up going.

If you are a family…

Do not hesitate to visit this beach. It is one of the beaches that also has lifeguards. So no need to worry about the absence of lifeguards.

Of course you should always practice safety wherever.

But rest assure since there is lifeguards on duty here.


Carlsbad beach has what many call the boardwalk or seawall. It is a paved road that runs along the Carlsbad Blvd and up to Highway 101.

It is here where it all happens.

People of all sorts getting their fresh air.

Families having picnics alongside the panoramic views of the beach

People of all kind exercising, rollerblading, running, jogging and working out.

If you love ocean gazing and or people watching then this is the place to be. You will find lots of picnic tables and benches running along the beach boardwalk.

So bring a lunch if you want.

You’ll find fresh air and amazing views.

If you are looking for parking you’ll be surprised to find it along the boardwalk. A lot of cars park along Carlsbad Blvd, which is the closest you can get to the beach.

One of the many beaches crossing the boardwalk is Tamarack State Beach. This little beach is very popular among surfers but also great for families.

There is lifeguards as well as amenities such as restrooms and showers.

Parking is also available here. You will find a small lot where you can pay and park. Although, parking can be limited, your best bet is still along Carlsbad Blvd.

And one last thing, the nicest view you can see here is the sunset. The place to be is atop the seawall to get an amazing view of the Carlsbad sunset.

If you are vacationing in San Diego and hope to enjoy some of the beautiful beaches, then be sure to check out San Diego’s beautiful beaches article.

So do you prefer boardwalks or piers? They both are amazing places to just check out while visiting the beach.

P.S if your out looking for other great beach vacations then do not hesitate to visit this other beach vacation state.