South Ponto State Beach

A Rare Gem off Highway 101



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Take the 5 freeway and exit Poinsettia. Head west and then make a left onto Carlsbad Blvd. After you pass the campground, you will see the South Ponto parking lot entrance on your right (past volleyball courts on beach). If you have hit La Costa Avenue you have gone too far.


South Ponto Beach is a rare gem in that it is one of the widest beaches in the county and exists in an undeveloped area. Coast Hwy 101 hugs the shoreline here, with Batiquitos Lagoon on the other side of the highway. South Ponto Beach is secluded with its high sand dunes and tends to have a lot of polished stones washed up during the winter time. South Ponto Beach is just north of Leucadia, where the bluffs end and the open stretch of ocean begins.

More Details

Start Time / End Time
Start time is flexible, as long as you have a peace officer present. Beaches must be cleared and vacant by Midnight at the latest.

Food and Alcohol
Food and alcohol are allowed with the presence of a peace officer, with a few restrictions and guidelines.

Beach Access
There are one or more locations within the venue that are directly on the beach itself, and will be made available for your private use.

Amplified Music
Amplified music is permitted, as long as you comply with a handful of restrictions. For example, the music must be played at a reasonable volume level, and be appropriate to the location. All amplified music must be off by 10:00 pm.

All designated parking is paid and provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Other street or neighborhood parking may be available. Additionally, you may want to arrange for shuttle service or group transportation for your guests.

Additional Provisions
  • no glass containers are allowed
  • no firepits provided
  • no electricity or water hookups provided
  • no pyrotechnics
  • no inflatables
  • no special events on beaches on Saturdays or Sundays between Memorial Day and Labor Day
Weddings and other special events require a permit.