Seven miles of beautiful beaches, delightful shops, cafes & restaurants, a highly acclaimed factory outlet, world-class resorts, a city-owned golf course, excellent restaurants and LEGOLAND California make Carlsbad a great place for a vacation as well as the perfect place to live. Carlsbad is also known for the famous Flower Fields, which bloom ... Read more
March through May. Long recognized as one of the most picturesque coastal communities in Southern California, Carlsbad is blessed with sun-splashed beaches, three graceful lagoons and a quaint downtown Village.
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Carlsbad things to do and experiences

  • LEGOLAND California
    9.3295 reviews
    Entertainment, Zoo or Aquarium, Theme Park, Water Park
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  • The Flower Fields
    9.158 reviews
    Tours, Classes and Rentals, Outdoors, Garden
    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorsy
  • South Carlsbad State Beach
    9.751 reviews
    Outdoors, Beaches and Watersports, Beach
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  • Carlsbad Village
    9.637 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Neighborhood
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Top Carlsbad restaurants

  • Pizza Port (Carlsbad)
    9.141 reviews
    $$$$
    Pizza, Pubs , Brewery
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  • Swami's Cafe
    9.218 reviews
    $$$$
    American, Cafe
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  • Tip Top Meats
    8.319 reviews
    $$$$
    Specialty Food Stores, German, Deli & Sandwich
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  • Miguel's Cocina
    9.416 reviews
    $$$$
    Mexican
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West Covina

Very nice city along the 5 freeway. There are lots of attractions like the flower, and good food

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Trabuco Canyon, California

Lovely town 10 minutes away from our home with many different types of restaurants with tastes for all.

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Phenomenal location, with surfers, beach bums, rich people, poor people, and lots of Mexican restaurants. It also has a lot of non chain stores and expensive boutique restaurants and tiny shops that sell jeans to hipsters, which you know is what makes a town really great!

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Local from San Diego

This place is really beautiful. If you like sunsets you must go threre to watch it. Also if you surf there there are many surf shops.

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Local from San Diego

A gorgeous city by the beach, Carlsbad is ritzier than its nearby "beach bum" neighbor of Oceanside, though less ostentatious than its southern neighbor, Del Mar. Still, real estate is a pretty penny, and views are stunning along the Coast Hwy or any of Carlsbad's clean, white-sanded beaches. Check out the outlets for retail bargains, or the slew of restaurants and grilles that congregate near the beaches - and don't forget to stroll along downtown Carlsbad, which will time warp you back to the 60s.

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Local from Vista, California

The Claimjumper Rest. serves a great meal with excellant service at a decent price

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Local from Oceanside

Carlsbad is a beautiful suburb of San Diego. You can beat the beaches and the crowds. Yes, it gets a bit busy during summer but nothing like closer to the city. Make sure to check out the Village if you like small little towns with local shops and local dining options. Carlsbad is becoming the best place in North County for dining!

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Carlsbad is a very pretty city. From the flower fields and Legoland to the sandy beaches, it's great tourist attraction and a nice place to live. It's a great place to go for a relaxing do-nothing vacation involving nothing more than relaxing on the beach.

There are lots of restaurant and shopping options, from cheap to fancy and pricey.

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St Cloud, Florida, USA

Along a stretch of shimmering black pebbled shoreline dozens of diehard winter wave rogues bob on boards in the early morning wake as harbor seals and sea lions hunt in the kelp below. Coastal fog slowly rolls back out across the Pacific as the sun rises and by mid morning, just as the surfers are dragging their boards ashore to head off to their day jobs, the sky is once again cloudless. As is often said in SoCal, it’s just another perfect day in Paradise.

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Cocoa, Florida

Carlsbad is a scenic beachside community of around one hundred thousand people thirty-five miles north of San Diego. No visit to this city is complete without checking out the Carlsbad Village. The village is the commercial downtown nestled next to the Pacific coastline chock full of quaint antique shops, art galleries, clothing shops, restaurants, and more.

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