Boasting seven miles of coastline and some of the most scenic views in Southern California, it's easy to see why Carlsbad is one of the most popular places to live in northern San Diego County.
The City of Carlsbad is made up of a variety of unique residential areas and neighborhoods, such as trendy La Costa and prestigious Aviara – a small affluent community ranked by Forbes magazine as one of the "most expensive zip codes" in the United States.
Carlsbad's history stretches all of the way back to the 1880's when settler John Frazier dug a well and begun selling the mineral-rich water to travelers passing through the area by train. In the decades that followed, Carlsbad became known as one of the area’s leading agricultural centers thanks to its fertile soil and optimal growing conditions. Throughout the 20th century, Carlsbad grew from its agricultural roots into what it is today - an affluent coastal community that's home to more than 100,000 residents and a number of major companies including Taylor Made-Adidas Golf Company and Callaway Golf.
Things to do in Carlsbad
Throughout the year, Carlsbad plays host to a myriad of special events. Some of the most anticipated include the springtime Flower Fields, the weekly State Street Farmers Market, and the massive Carlsbad Street Faire – the largest single-day street fair in the United States.
For outdoor enthusiasts, Carlsbad offers plenty of reasons to call the area home. With 40% of the city preserved as permanent open space containing nearly fifty miles of public trails, there is never a shortage of things for nature lovers to do.
Popular beaches in the area include Tamarack Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach, and the coastal wetlands of Agua Hedionda Lagoon and Batiquitos Lagoon provide more than 1,000 acres for hiking and boating, as well as some of the best bird watching in the state.
Thanks to its year-round temperate climate, Carlsbad has also grown to become one of the most popular golfing destinations in the country. Top-rated golf courses in the city include the Crossings at Carlsbad, Rancho Carlsbad Golf Club, and Aviara Golf Club – home to the annual LPGA Kia Classic.
Other great things to do in the city include spending the day at family-friendly LEGOLAND California, getting in touch with your creative side at the hands-on Museum of Making Music, and strolling around the countless shops and restaurants of downtown Carlsbad.