We returned to South Carlsbad State beach late this summer. After last summer's success with a bluff-side site, I was willing to hold out for that again this year. It's really worth going on whatever days are available in order to be on the bluff, instead of taking the convenient weekend days on the street side. The sounds of the ocean waves crashing on the shore lull you to sleep, and rouse you to wake. They also drown out the noise of your teen-aged neighbors!