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.
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
The walkway through the
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.
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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