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Tamarack Surf Spot

Tamarack is an awesome wave that is located in Carlsbad. On a good day of surf, this wave can be filled with people but somehow, it's still possible to get a good wave to yourself.

The Tamarack sign from Carlsbad Blvd/Old Highway 101


Location:

Tamarack is located just South of the main town of Carlsbad and is one of the best beach breaks in San Diego. The waves come peeling into this small beach and lead to some awesome waves for surfer's out in the water. This is a very easy surf break to get to and check out the directions below for easy access.
 

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The Parking Scenario:

There is a very ample parking lot located at Tamarack and it's extremely easy to access. The parking lot is right on the beach and it tends not to be full. Make sure to be careful when driving through the parking lot because the sand can cause the road to be somewhat slippery.

Surfer's coming and going to the Tamarack parking lot

In the Summer months, the parking lot can get very crowded so I recommend parking along Carlsbad Blvd/Old Highway 101 just North of the Tamarack parking lot.

The parking along Carlsbad Blvd/Old Highway 101

Beach Accessibility and Conveniences:

The beach is very easy to access after parking in the Tamarack parking lot. You simple park and walk to the sand! If the beach in front of Tamarack is crowded, you can walk North on the beach until you see a little more room.

Just park and walk onto the sand!

If the Tamarack parking lot is full and you have to park on Carlsbad Blvd/Old Highway 101. There are stairs that lead down to the beach all the way down this section of coast so don't worry about having to walk to Tamarack to score a nice place on the beach and some fun waves.

Another set of stairs leading to the beach just North of Tamarack

There are restrooms and a shower located at Tamarack. The restrooms are just North of the Tamarack parking lot and towards the top of the cliffs. There are a set of stairs leading up to them and they are very easy to find. The restrooms are very well maintained by the city, same with the stairs and walkways throughout Carlsbad.

The stairs leading to the restrooms and the restrooms themselves

There is also a very nice shower located at the top of the Tamarack entry way and right next to the restrooms. Taking a shower after a long session is one of my favorite things so I've used this more than a few times.

The shower at Tamarack

Lifeguard:

There are lifeguard towers located throughout Carlsbad and Tamarack has a tower located right in front of the surf. These lifeguard tower are open during the Summer months but only occasionally during the Winter months. make sure to note if there is a lifeguard working in the tower and take caution either way.

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