I’m Grateful for Carlsbad Beaches
I’ve spent much of my life near ocean beaches, and it would be hard to be far away from them. I don’t necessarily want to live right on the beach for a host of reasons but the lifestyle nearby is something I am grateful for.
Carlsbad has around 7 miles of beaches for us to enjoy, year-round because of our temperate weather. I appreciate them all and the lifestyle they afford. And with the crowds we see clearly many others enjoy them as well.
I really appreciate the accessibility to the Carlsbad beaches. Other than pay lots at the state beaches, parking is free along the coast road and in adjacent neighborhoods so anyone can park nearby and walk to the beach. This is a big shift from our experiences back when living in Boston where parking tended to be limited to residents with passes living in the area or really expensive parking lots.
The beaches in Carlsbad are NOT limited to the fortunate few who can afford to live next to the beach, but to anyone.
A bit more about accessibility – know that certain beaches have to be accessed via stairs which means that those with physical issues or special needs will find access more difficult. But there are a number of areas where access is not by stairs.
Moonlight Beach in Encinitas has mats leading to the beach that allow access to those with canes, walkers and wheelchairs; I believe they also have some special beach wheelchairs.
There’s something very tranquil about the beach, even when crowded during the summers. I personally find it immediately relaxing to take walks or just sit on the beach, or even just to drive along going to and from appointments. And a special time to enjoy the beach, for me and lots of others, is at sunset to enjoy nature’s beauty. I’m thankful whenever I take a few moments with my camera to take photos to enjoy the beauty.
I’m thankful every for being able to enjoy a lifestyle by the beach and to enjoy all that beaches offer that suit my style, even if I don’t visit daily (in fact I don’t get there nearly as much as I would like to). And I’m grateful to be able to help others find the right home so they can also enjoy the beach lifestyle.
Here’s more thanks, for all that’s done to help preserve our ocean and our beaches, because of Mother Nature’s actions and human carelessness, so everyone can enjoy them safely. I’m very grateful for the private, city, county, and state organizations that are committed to keeping beaches in Carlsbad clean, and dealing with erosion and related issues like bluff collapses that have occurred in several areas along our coastline.
This is not an exhaustive list. However, the organizations that immediately come to mind deserving a big thank you include the Surfing Madonna Oceans Project, the Surfrider Organization, the California Coastal Commission, the San Diego Coastkeeper, and I Love a Clean Ocean.