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Carlsbad

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Village by the Sea

Stretching along 11 km (7 mi) of Pacific coastline, the city of Carlsbad attracts visitors with its Mediterranean climate and natural beauty. The resort's laid-back atmosphere provides a pleasant respite from the bustle of nearby Los Angeles and San Diego. Its beaches, encompassing both long sandy stretches and secluded coves, are largely undeveloped and boast excellent swimming and surfing opportunities. Aside from the outdoor attractions around its coastline and saltwater lagoons, Carlsbad offers a charming downtown area. Strict development policies have helped it retain its Old California beach town look, and the streets are lined with a wide variety of restaurants, shopping destinations, and bars. Our United States trip builder combines visitor reviews with your personal interests to make an itinerary informed by experts, but tailored to suit your style.
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Places to visit with Carlsbad

San Francisco Best for: Nature, Museums, Parks Yosemite National Park Best for: Nature, Trails, Scenic Drive Los Angeles Best for: Museums, Theme Parks, Childrens Museums San Diego Best for: Museums, Zoos & Aquariums, Beaches Anaheim Best for: Theme Parks, Fun & Games, Shopping

Where to stay in Carlsbad

Accommodations in Carlsbad run the gamut from quaint bed and breakfasts to five-star luxury resorts. You can stay in the heart of the action by booking a room downtown, where you'll be near the beach and have access to the city's most popular bars and restaurants. If you've come to town to explore the area's renowned golf and tennis opportunities, look for resorts with excellent facilities in La Costa, a suburban residential neighborhood. If you seek a more rustic experience, take advantage of the city's mild weather and natural surroundings by camping on Carlsbad State Beach.
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