Welcome to Carlsbad
A bustling village by the sea with a strong sense of community
Carlsbad, California is a vibrant seaside community known for a mild year-round climate and sweeping vistas of the Pacific Ocean. Roughly a 30-minute drive from San Diego, Carlsbad is a great town for commuters, and economic and cultural opportunities abound in the town as well. With a wide range of architectural styles in play, from Spanish colonial to mid-century and contemporary, there’s something in Carlsbad for any homebuyer.
The community is largely residential, but some major corporations operate in Carlsbad as well. Opportunities for outdoor recreation are plentiful, both oceanfront and inland. That, coupled with a vibrant arts scene and tight-knit community, makes Carlsbad a great place to live, work, and play for anybody!
What to Love
- Vibrant community
- Ocean atmosphere
- Convenient highway access to San Diego
- Ample opportunity for outdoor recreation
Carlsbad has got a little bit of everything. It’s a flourishing town, but its location on the Pacific Coast gives it the distinct feel of a beach community. With a wonderful collection of small businesses, unique culture, entertainment, abundant outdoor activities, and a great set of coffee shops, and restaurants, Carlsbad has something for everyone.
Dining, Entertaining & Shopping
When getting to know Carlsbad, the number of dining and hospitality options can appear daunting at first, especially in a community of this size. A great place to start, especially if you’re in the mood for something casual and easygoing, is Pizza Port Brewery and Restaurant
. Set a few blocks off the beach, this is a local favorite for fresh pizza and craft beer. Its location and ambiance provide a nice retreat after a day at the beach. The Compass
, located just off bustling Carlsbad Boulevard, is another favorite. This approachable gastropub has a wide selection of burgers, salads, and entrees, as well as small plates and happy hour specials. Their patio is a nice area to take in the pleasant ocean air and enjoy a meal with friends or family.
If you’re celebrating an occasion, or simply craving something sophisticated, Campfire
is a solid choice with innovative takes on classic American cuisine. As the name might suggest, their menu harkens playfully back to evenings spent around a campfire, and even includes s'mores among the dessert selections. For a perfect mix of whimsy and earthiness, Campfire is a wonderful place to spend an evening.
Feeling indecisive? Want to keep your options open? Don’t worry, Carlsbad has something for you. At The Windmill Food Hall
, diners can choose between 13 food vendors. Options range from sushi and photo barbeque and Mediterranean, with a full bar and a coffee shop also available. If you’re out and about with a group, Windmill Food Hall is sure to leave everybody happy and full.
Things to Do
A seasonal highlight in Carlsbad is the opening of The Flower Fields
to the public every spring. From March to Mother’s Day, this vast garden attracts those from near and far who come for the vast displays of flowers and myriad activities for all ages and interests.
Another attraction that draws people from all over the world is Legoland
. The park includes rides, a water park, an aquarium, onsite hotels, and a new section dedicated to the Lego Movie. For children and those young at heart, there’s nothing like it.
The Leo Carrillo Ranch & Historic Park
is a well-preserved ranch built by Hollywood actor Leo Carrillo. The ranch and surrounding land make for fascinating exploration and provide an engrossing lens into Carlsbad’s history and heritage.
Carlsbad is served by the Carlsbad Unified School District.