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What you should know about Carlsbad

Once a 19th-century spa town, Carlsbad is now known as one of the best places in So-Cal to come to swing a golf club or tennis racket. But this resort really has something for everyone. Surfers rave about the swell at the Tamarack reef, nature-lovers enjoy the bird-life of the Buena Vista Lagoon, and kids can't wait to check out the local amusement parks. And everyone, of course, agrees on the quality of its 7 miles of unspoiled beaches.

Hotels in Carlsbad


As a varied neighborhood with distinctive districts, you'll find accommodation in Carlsbad to suit all tastes. To the north, in the old town of Carlsbad Village, you'll find charming historic beach hotels rubbing shoulders with larger modern ones. The picturesque timber-framed Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort is a great example of the former, while hotels like the Tamarack Beach Resort Hotel can offer the best in contemporary amenities. Further south, around the Batiquitos Lagoon, you'll find superb resort complexes, with excellent facilities for tennis or golf—a standout being the Omni La Costa Resort & Spa with its renowned Country Club golf course.

Things to see in Carlsbad


For kids large and small, the first place to head has to be LEGOLAND California. Its exciting water parks, roller-coaster rides, and mini-golf courses are all themed on the ever-popular LEGO brick modeling sets. You'll also find the Sealife Aquarium on this site, home to sharks, octopuses, and manta rays, as well as some 5,000 other species of marine creatures. For those who prefer their wildlife out of doors, Carlsbad gives you the choice of three nature reserves at its famous lagoons. Buena Vista Lagoon is the largest, where such fabulous birds as the osprey and great egret can be spotted. A more man-made natural spectacle is the annual blooming of the Carlsbad Flower Fields. Fifty acres of fields, blazing red, gold, pink and white, can be seen each spring. And don't forget the Museum of Making Music, with its massive collection of instruments—some vintage and some to try out for yourself.

Good for families and sports enthusiasts


Carlsbad is the kind of resort that insists you get out and enjoy yourself—whether it’s surfing an ocean breaker, holing a birdie on the golf course, or just exploring the cliffs, lagoons and beaches of its wonderfully unspoiled coastline. That makes a vacation in one of the beach hotels in Carlsbad great for families wanting an active and adventurous holiday. The 'Village by the Sea' also works well for the committed sports enthusiast. With many luxury hotels in Carlsbad dedicated to golf, tennis and water-sports, you're sure to see your techniques perfected—or to have the best fun trying.

How to get to Carlsbad


Most choose to fly in via San Diego International Airport, from where you can hire a car and drive to Carlsbad along the I-5 in 40 minutes. Alternatively, take a bus or taxi to Santa Fe Depot, and catch a COASTER train to take you to Carlsbad Poinsettia (south) or Carlsbad Village (north) in around an hour. Or you can always fly into McClellan-Palomar Airport, right in the heart of Carlsbad—but you'll have to change at Los Angeles or Las Vegas airports. Once there, a car will be needed for most travel in Carlsbad, although there is also a decent public bus service.