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South Ponto Surf Spot

Located just North of Leucadia and at the Southern most part of Carlsbad. South Ponto is easily accessible and a great beach for a family or day at the beach with friends. The jetties can offer some amazing lefts during a clean South swell and is usually where the best surf can be fount. Please take note that there is an environmental preserve surrounding South Ponto, there are fences and signs that indicate where trespassing is not allowed.


Location:

South Ponto is located just South of the Carlsbad Campgrounds and just North of Leucadia. It's located right off the Old Highway 101 and has easy access and plentiful parking.


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The Parking Scenario:

Parking for South Ponto is easily accessed from the North on Old Highway 101. The first area to park is located just South of the Campgrounds and is along the right side of the road. The second area for parking is located just South of the bridge crossing and has road parking, as well as a sand lot where you can pull off to. Please be sure to know the capabilities of your vehicle and your driving to avoid getting stuck.

The parking South of the Bridge on Old Highway 101

Watch out for the sand!

The third and final parking area is a pay lot at the southern most part of the beach. It is a slight turn off the main highway and leads into the large parking lot.

The pay parking lot has ample parking but it does cost you.

Beach Accessibility and Conveniences:

Beach access is just a short walk across the sand and provides easy access for families or a bunch of stuff. If you park in the pay lot, there is a restroom located as you walk down the paved trail to the sand.

Beach access from the pay parking area

The walkway through the natural preserve

There is a restroom located at the Southern most portion of South Ponto near the pay parking area. It is city maintained and offers guests convenience during a long day at the beach.

Lifeguard:

There are two major lifeguard towers set up at South Ponto and are operated through the Summer months and at some times during the Winter months. Please take note before paddling out if there is someone working the tower or not. There can be some very powerful rip tides and it's always nice to have someone watching your back.

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