Ponto Beach is broken into North and South Ponto Beach. Each sit at either end of South Carlsbad State Park. These beaches are a favorite with families and surfers, so get here early to save yourself a spot on the sand.
How to Get to Ponto Beach
Ponto Beach in San Diego is conveniently located right off the I-5 along Poinsettia Drive. You can pay $8 per vehicle (during peak season) to park at the south end of South Carlsbad. There aren’t many free parking spots on the outer edge of South Ponto. There are restrooms and a lifeguard at the beach. South Ponto Beach is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
What to Do
Ponto Beach is favored for swimming, surfing, sunbathing, sunset watching, and beach volleyball (you’ll have to bring your own net). The kids will love searching for polished rocks at South Ponto.
The beach is good for kids who have some swimming experience. The water can be relatively shallow, but parents should keep an eye on their children at all times.
If you’re looking for something a little less crowded, head to North Ponto, which is where a lot of surfers put in. The beach at North Ponto is narrow, unlike South Ponto, which is one of the widest beaches in the county. South Ponto has a lot of high dunes.