7 Reasons Carlsbad Deserves a Spot on Your Bucket List
Plus, the top sights and to-dos while you’re there
Carlsbad attracts more than 3.5 million visitors annually. Located along the Pacific Ocean coastline in North San Diego County, Carlsbad, California offers an idyllic setting for your next vacation. Blessed by year-round warmth and sunny skies, Carlsbad is best known for its fun beaches, major attractions such as Legoland, a burgeoning culinary scene, and an array of craft breweries, urban wineries. Carlsbad is a must-see destination, plus plenty of ways to spend an unforgettable vacation in this Southern California gem of a city. Here is a list of 7 reasons Carlsbad deserves a spot on your bucket list:
- Stunning Scenery
Beautiful vistas await you wherever you go in Carlsbad. The landscapes are varied from beaches, lagoons, and hillside views of the Pacific Ocean.
- Best of Beaches
Carlsbad’s beaches remain one of San Diego’s best kept secrets with 7 miles of pristine sandy beaches and cliffs. Carlsbad State Beach, also known as Tamarack Beach, stretches from the warm water jetties, just south of Tamarack Avenue, to Frazee Beach, near Carlsbad Village. No matter what activity you enjoy, you’ll find a beach that’s perfect for it. Playing in the waves, surfing, making sandcastles or maybe just quiet stroll to meditate and relax.
Here are a few of Carlsbad’s best beaches:
Tamarack State Beach · South Ponto Beach · North Carlsbad Beaches
For more information: Visit Carlsbad Beaches
- The Village by the Sea
Carlsbad’s “The Village by the Sea,” offers the charm of a European town with the conveniences of a large city. The Village is the downtown commercial area of Carlsbad located right along the coast. The majority of the hotels and vacation rentals are in, or very close to, the village, with some properties directly on the beach and others within walking distance to the ocean.
- Convenient Location
The city is 87 miles (140 km) south of downtown Los Angeles and 35 miles (56 km) north of downtown San Diego, which makes it a great location to visit all the great attractions Southern California has to offer; SeaWorld, San Diego Zoo, Legoland, Disneyland and Knotts Berry Farm.
- Savory Food
Foodies know that Carlsbad is a tasty destination with plenty of unique cuisine, from gnocchi to octopus. You may have seen the trendy Latin place pop up locally, Fresco Cocina that has perfected the shareable savory dishes of Venezuela and Peru. Their playfully curated menu rediscovers tradition and offers a selection of delicious small plates and main courses all infused with Latin soul.
Then, of course, there is also the Michelin Star French restaurant, Jeune et Jolie. A culinary experience that reimagines French cuisine through the vibrant lens of our Southern California landscape with a 4-course menu option.
- Adventures & Attraction Aplenty
Carlsbad is also a great destination if you prefer the great outdoors. There are outdoor walking food tours that take your through Carlsbad’s history, culture, and architecture. Learn about Carlsbad while eating your way through the village.
If you prefer hiking, Carlsbad has approximately 67 miles of trails and 51 miles of open space trails, supporting a healthy active lifestyle. The trails perfect for an easy scenic stroll, a challenging hike, mountain biking and beautiful views. Keep busy wherever you go — whether you prefer walking along the coast of Carlsbad or golfing on a course designed by Arnold Palmer that has been named the #1 golf resort in Southern California: Aviara Golf Club in Carlsbad, there is plenty to do around here.
LEGOLAND is an awesome place that awaits families looking for a great day out and about with 60 rides, shows and attractions, fun, colorful and inspirational for kids of all ages, especially your little ones.
If that is not enough, remember to check out the Gemological Institute and the Making Music Museum. And let’s not forget shopping, Carlsbad Village has some of the best boutiques in town and then there is also the infamous Carlsbad Premium Outlets.
- Sporting Events
Carlsbad hosts a wide variety of sporting events around the year for all to enjoy. From surfing contest to marathons, as well as one of the world’s longest running triathlons, Carlsbad has unmatched venues and weather perfect for such events. Carlsbad has also become home to several professional golf and tennis tournaments. Whether a spectator or a participant, you will enjoy all the sport activities Carlsbad has to offer.
This post was written by Cherimarie Poulos aka Mrs. Carlsbad is the Owner and Founder of Carlsbad Food Tours.
Cherimarie loves showcasing the delicious food, deep-rooted history, and unique culture Carlsbad has to offer!
And guess what? By taking a tour with us, you’re helping support local Carlsbad businesses and charities.
Let us break bread together!
Food is the ingredient that binds us together. It is the constant that unites all people. It’s the nourishment of the soul that helps to connect us to our own cultures and beliefs as well as others, bridging gaps in society.
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