Tamarack State Beach, Carlsbad
California Beach Photos and Information
Carlsbad, Calif. --"What
beach is this," I asked two local surfers at their car changing out of their
wetsuits into some dry duds. "Camera", I thought I heard them say in unison with
the sand blowing and the wind muffling their voices. I repeated the word
"camera" and they said, "no, Tamarack". OH! I remember hearing about Tamarack,
or I saw it on a sign. Carlsbad is comprised of a handful of beaches featuring
mostly soft pale sands and the base of hills.
South Carlsbad State Beach
and Ponto Beach are several.
As you drive down a hill into a big paved
parking lot, youu've found the easy, free access to Tamarack Beach or North
Carlsbad State Beach. Some even call it Tamarack State Beach. Any way you
mix it or stir up the dust, it is one of the state beaches in Carlsbad, which
loves its Legoland but also loves its beaches, as well. Approx. four miles of
sand that's great for running, jogging, and walking, also makes for great
surfing, sunbathing and R&R. Tourists and locals alike love beaches, so it is no
surprise that the beaches of Carlsbad would be one of the best places to run
into friends or meet new people if you like.
The beaches have weather in Carlsbad, like
it or not. Of the 10 times I've driven by and stopped, I've seen fog twice, a
light mist once, sunshine once, clouds, another, and some sandstorm type
activity, more than once.
According to the City of Carlsbad, the
sand that tends to blow can contain sand that got washed downstream from
Oceanside, a city which spends time, money and effort on beach replenishment.
While access to Tamarack Beach is as easy
as exiting Interstate (San Diego) Freeway 5, we prefer the coastal drive along
historic route 101. The drive along the beaches of Oceanside is broken up much
like the roads that access their beaches for short distances, then dead end or
turn back inland again. Once you hit Carlsbad on the coast, however, it's smooth
sailing and driving as your drive remains parallel to the Pacific Ocean
throughout your journey at this city.
When I went this week, the wind was whipping through and sand was blowing grit
in my teeth. However, my friends went and they had great weather. They said
their trip was perfect. If you are planning a bonfire at the lagoon just south
of Tamarack, don't do it. My friends said they almost got a ticket, till they
talked their way out of it. She is an attractive young blonde who seems to get
out of all sorts of jams with her good looks. We wish that the
ticket-writers had authority to cite speeders and drivers ignoring the crosswalk
to the beach. Do use caution along this area when crossing the street near
Carlsbad Village Drive.
Location: Carlsbad, Carlsbad Village Drive & Carlsbad Blvd., Carlsbad, CA 92008