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Carlsbad Introduction

A luxurious seaside resort stretched along the Pacific Coast, Carlsbad is California’s answer to the French Riviera. Steeped in sun, sand, and glamour, locals know it as ‘The Village by the Sea,’ where impressive natural beauty and small-town charm collide, and it’s easy to see why—from one-of-a-kind local lagoons to perfectly preserved old-fashioned ranches, this city is full of surprises. Whether you’re looking to lounge by the ocean or get your pulse racing in one of the area’s nearby amusement parks, a trip to Carlsbad is a no-brainer for anyone looking to see the best of the Golden State.

Hotels in Carlsbad

From 5-star spas to discount national chains, the sheer range of Carlsbad hotels available makes it easy to plan your trip. For a romantic getaway for 2 or a well-deserved pampering, treat yourself to a few nights at the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort, Spa & Golf Club, just one of the many hotels that typify the grandeur to be found here. Many hotels in Carlsbad are also within walking distance of the beach and other key attractions; one example of many is the Carlsbad By The Sea Resort, which is perfect for guests hoping to stay in the thick of the action.

Where to stay

Crystal-clear waters that stretch as far as the eye can see are just one of the reasons to stay in Carlsbad, while the proximity to other local attractions also makes it a great destination. Prices at the most luxurious hotels can be a little high, especially in peak season, so casting a wider net can be useful if you’re looking to save. The city of Oceanside is a 10-minute drive away and is home to the historic district of Mount Ecclesia. Twenty minutes south of Carlsbad, you’ll find Encinitas, another beach city where nearby museums, galleries, and botanic gardens lend a touch of sophistication to your stay.

Things to see

You can’t visit California without spending a little time on the beach, and Carlsbad’s got plenty of them. The Carlsbad State Beach is ideal for families, thanks to its water-sports facilities, while couples can enjoy the stunning sunset over the ocean from the palisades. Saddle up for adventure at the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park, where adobe buildings, haciendas, cabanas, and cantinas are just some of the artifacts that illuminate the region’s rich history. You can’t go wrong with a trip to the Buena Vista Lagoon, the only freshwater lagoon in California, and only a 5-minute drive from Carlsbad. The 350-acre park has an informative Nature Center, while 2 trails allow you to explore its natural surroundings. Art lovers should make sure to spare some time for the William D. Cannon Art Gallery, which showcases paintings, sculptures, and installations from the area’s brightest creative talents.

How to get to Carlsbad

Flying to San Diego International Airport is the easiest way to get to Carlsbad. A 55-minute drive away, domestic and international flights arrive at this hub frequently, and car-rental facilities or a convenient shuttle service will have you on the Carlsbad sands in no time. John Wayne Airport is also located around an hour’s drive away, and a bus service makes the trip to Carlsbad a cinch. Public travel in Carlsbad and the surrounding cities is provided by regular trains and buses, while a number of taxi companies offer competitive rates that leave you free to sit back, relax, and enjoy your vacation in style.