Located right on the beach in sunny Southern California, there’s nothing about the town of Carlsbad not to love. It’s a great spot to head to for a relaxing vacation on the beach, but there’s also plenty to do for those who prefer to balance relaxation with activity. Read on to find out about five of the reasons Carlsbad visitors keep coming back year after year.
The Great Outdoors
Known to some as “The Village by the Sea,” Carlsbad boasts an impressive seven miles of beautiful beaches. Head to the Carlsbad State Beach for a fun family outing packed with swimming, kayaking, windsurfing, and more or check out Terramar for a more tranquil experience. There are plenty of Carlsbad hotels within easy walking distance of the town’s many beaches so visitors can spend all the time they want splashing in the water or relaxing on the sand.
Visitors shouldn’t limit themselves to just the beaches, though. Instead, they should try hiking the Aviara Trails, visit the Buena Vista Lagoon, or plan a spring visit to the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. They’re only open for around two months in the spring, though, so plan accordingly.
Carlsbad has everything from fine dining to street vendors, so there’s a restaurant for every budget. Check out Jeune et Jolie for fine French dining, get some cheap eats at the Corner Bakery Cafe, or try the local cuisine at Swami’s. There are plenty of healthy, vegetarian, and kid-friendly restaurants right in town, so treat everyone to a delicious meal after a long day seeing the sights or an afternoon out on the waves.
Carlsbad is home to some truly interesting and unusual museums so even those who aren’t usually artistically inclined will be sure to have a good time. The Gemological Institute of America boasts a large collection of rare gemstones, while the Museum of Making Music features a large collection of unusual and interactive instruments. Visiting the area’s local museums lets visitors see a different side of Carlsbad, so don’t forget to set aside an afternoon to check them out.
There’s always something going on in or around Carlsbad. The most famous event that takes place in town is the annual Carlsbad Music Festival, which takes place over three days at the end of each summer. Visitors heading to the Village by the Sea at other times of the year will find that the town of Carlsbad also goes all-out for the holidays and provides free, family-friendly Flicks at the Fountain every week in the summer.
Want to plan a truly relaxing vacation that will leave visitors feeling rejuvenated for weeks after returning home? Carlsbad is home to many spas offering unique and innovative treatments and services ranging from mud baths to massages. It’s the perfect destination for a wellness vacation, so book a visit with friends, partners, or family members who need some extra pampering.
The Bottom Line
Carlsbad is a great location for families, couples, groups of friends, and solo travelers alike. Whether visitors just want to pamper themselves in the local spas, relax on the beach, and treat themselves to some fine dining or they prefer to balance their relaxation with fun outdoor activities, they’ll be sure to find everything they need right in town.