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The beaches in Carlsbad have been nationally recognized for cleanliness and promoting an active lifestyle. Photo by Ellen Wright

Trip Advisor ranks Carlsbad beach among best in U.S.

CARLSBAD—Carlsbad has received national attention lately thanks to its ideal beaches and active lifestyle.

Among 40,000 Trip Advisor reviews, Carlsbad State Beach was ranked in the top 25 beaches in America to visit, thanks to its clean beaches and lack of crowds.

“Obviously we’re very proud of that but there are so many enhancements that we’re making,” said Councilmember Lorraine Wood.

Five California beaches made it in the top 25.

The city doesn’t own the beach, although it recently entered into negotiations with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to take some responsibility for upkeep of surrounding beaches.

The state owns five miles of beach in the city but doesn’t have enough funding for proper upkeep.

Carlsbad State Beach is excluded from the partnership between the state and city.
The partnership will allow city funds to go towards beach improvements and services, like lifeguards.

Due to state cuts, the peak season in which lifeguards are on duty has shrunk.

The state and city partnership is in the process of becoming permanent. There was a one-year agreement that allowed the city to fund upgrades to the Tamarack restrooms in January.

New paint, partitions, floors and fixtures were installed and the plumbing was upgraded.

Carlsbad also garnered national attention from Men’s Journal.

It was ranked the fourth fittest city to live in America thanks to the ocean and the 50 miles of trails.

The city is a hub for action sports companies and is home to Callaway Golf and TaylorMade.

The Carlsbad 5000 also brings in more than 10,000 racers annually and has had 16 world records set at the 5K.

Councilmember Wood is optimistic about the coastline’s future.

“We have a lot of plans for the future and a lot of ideas for the coastline,” Wood said.


1 comment

sheepy April 16, 2015 at 8:06 pm

Wow! This article makes me want to beg the City of Oceanside to turn its city owned beachfront over to the state. Instead of city taxpayers paying millions of dollars for beach infrastructure, sand replenishment, lifeguards, and police security to lure tourists to Oceanside, the state could provide most of the millions to pay for all that just like the state does in Carlsbad. Without the massive costs of ownership, Oceanside would still get the tourists bringing dollars into the city just like Carlsbad does. The main difference without ownership would be the dollars coming in could go to city services for residents instead of supporting what might be a break even current ownership after expenses.

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