For a family-friendly, easily accessible beach, Carlsbad State Beach, also known as Tamarack Beach, is a safe bet. With spaces proper for many aquatic activities, accessible picnic areas, restrooms, showers and water fountains, this beach and nearby campground, are a great option for anyone hoping to enjoy the Carlsbad coastline.
If mild seclusion and stellar surf are high on your list of beach requirements, Terramar is for you. With soft sand and small, delicate reefs, this piece of coast produces wonderful waves. Due to the limited visibility of the access, this may be one's best chance for a quiet day enjoying the beach. Be sure to arrive prepared for the time you plan to spend, as there are no restrooms or nearby stores.
For a tweak to your definition of "Dinner and a Movie", try this innovative theater experience. With seat-side waitstaff and full restaurant at your beckon call, electric, reclining leather seats with footrests and 21+ showings that boast a full bar, this is an experience to remember and, for some, an experience that will make you forget that you could ever see a movie any other way.
As the host of many seminars, festivals and programs year-round, the Discovery Center has facilities for numerous water and land-based activities. The exploration of its three lagoons with its mud flats, marshes and deep waters, is a must for Carlsbad visitors!
A sprint distance race for all skill levels consisting of a1K ocean swim, 25K rolling bike course, and a 5K mostly-flat run, the Carlsbad Triathlon is one of the world's longest running races of its kind. You're invited to join, volunteer for, or just watch this stunning display of human resiliency!
Known as the largest single-day street fair nationwide, the bi-annual Carlsbad Village Faire hosts vendors of myriad unique wares, cuisine from around the world, a children's area and live entertainment in the beer and wine garden produced by The Rotary Club of Carlsbad. More than 100,000 people come each year!
Asian fusion restaurants have been popular for the past decade. While most simply strive to mix together flavors from various Asian cuisine, Nozomi strives to create harmony through its dishes and atmosphere by providing three levels, each representative of a distinct region of Japan.
Only a few miles from West Farm where the restaurant strives to obtain 100 percent of its produce, West Steak Seafood & Spirits "farm to table" approach to quality and freshness shines through. Furthermore, all dishes may be paired with an outstanding wine list!
Since 1967 Tip Top Meats has offered their customers the very best meat and poultry dishes at affordable prices. The key element here is the quality, excellent cuts of tender meat that will just melt in your mouth. From the extensive menu, beside steaks, you can choose Eastern European favorites, such as schnitzel, rouladen, sauerbraten and much more.
The wide selection of food options make this a great place for groups with picky members because you will realize that there is something for everyone. Whether craving for pizzas, burgers, tacos, salads, meat or fish dishes, they have it all. While you are here, don´t forget to enjoy BJ's award-winning, handcrafted beers!
Authentic Mexican food is served by the friendly staff at this popular restaurant which can be found in the heart of old Carlsbad. The restaurant is famous for their margaritas and many of their draft beer selections are from San Diego's own breweries. From the menu you can choose many traditional delights like enchiladas, burritos, fish tacos or why not just built your own Taco Platter with your favourite ingredients.
Hidden from the busy areas of Carlsbad, Blue Ocean is best described as a Asian fusion restaurant. The menu features traditional sushi such as rolls and sashimi, but also surprises you with robata (Japanese-style grilling), that includes food like pork belly, lamb chops, waygu meatballs and BBQ rib. The food is served in a modern restaurant with a bustling atmosphere.
Situated just blocks from the beach, Pizza Port is a popular restaurant that can get packed with mostly locals. The vibe is fun, loud and full of life, making it a great place to visit with friends. Pizza and local beer are the stars at this restaurant and that is what brings people here.
The food at The Naked Cafe are cooked with simple, clean and natural recipes using wholesome grains, robust herbs and spices, and the freshest produce, to create that sensational taste. From the menu you can choose breakfast, salads, wraps, sandwiches and other mouth-watering delights. All food are served by the knowledgeable and professional staff.
Come and experience one of the most innovative ways to produce the freshest ice cream and frozen yogurt right before your eyes. You decide the ingredients and with the help of -321 degrees of liquid nitrogen the helpful staff can instantly create your ice cream. With over a trillion combinations, there is no palate that can be satisfied here.
The word ‘Gelato’ come from the Latin “gelatus” that means “frozen” and at this little gem they prepare gelato in small batches every day, using only authentic Italian recipes. They offer many tasty flavours so you will for sure find your favourites. They even have vegan ice cream.
Whether you are looking for breakfast, lunch, dinner or for a cup of coffee and desserts, Corner Bakery Cafe serves it all. Hot, made-to-order food, tasty sandwiches, homemade soups, wholesome salads and decadent desserts are made with fresh ingredients to increase the lovely flavours.
Souplantation's hearty, made-from-scratch soups and bakery items make it the perfect stopover on a chilly day. Although there are locations throughout the country, menus vary by region since Souplantation uses farm-fresh ingredients: so here you will enjoy the very taste of California!
Al's Cafe has the look of a traditional American diner and is a gathering venue for locals and an almost-compulsory stop for visitors. The extensive breakfast menu is served all day and lunch specials vary but rarely stray from American-style dishes. You may even be served by Al himself!
A full coffee and espresso bar and a case full of gourmet chocolates combine to ensure you will be able to indulge your sweet tooth. The Chocolate Bar is one of the most popular gathering venues in town because of the lovely atmosphere and the delicious hot drinks and delicacies!
Twenty-20 is the signature restaurant at the Sheraton Carlsbad Resort and Spa. This upscale dining establishment isn't pretentious, but warm, inviting and particularly elegant in every detail. Come here and sip a drink while enjoying the breath-taking coastal view!
If you thought you couldn't get authentic English pub-style food in Southern California, think again! This is definitely a great place to have a drink, but The Stag and Lion is also a pretty popular family-friendly restaurant: you simply can´t go wrong here. Pool-tables are also provided here if you are up for a game.
Open seven days a week, Hennessey's Tavern is a great Irish sports bar and restaurant, located in the heart of Carlsbad. With daily specials, happy hours and live music, it attracts locals and visitors who are looking for a fun night out. There is also a menu offering typical pub fare if you would feel hungry.
Bargain hunters, here's your chance to snag a deal on the latest fashions from Calvin Klein, Michael Kors, DKNY and much more. Premium Outlets are quite popular nationwide for their exceedingly frequent deals on luxury names. Have a look at Banana Republic, Barneys New York, Cole Haan, Crate and Barrel, Juicy Couture, Lacoste, Polo Ralph Lauren, Theory, Tommy Hilfiger and more!
Also known as the "Carlsbad Mall", this shopping center is anchored by well-known retailers Macy's, JCPenney and Sears. It features over 150 stores, restaurants and entertainment options, so it's basically the place to go during a rainy afternoon with the family or some friends!
Carlsbad Village Art & Antique Mall sells treasures from all eras: there are over 100 dealers selling unique art, jewelry, furniture, clothing and much more in the 15,000 square foot space. This is the place to visit especially if you're a vintage-lover!
Shopping can be manly too. You won't find any lace or bows here, just wood, leather and metal. Guy Stuff sells a unique assortment of items, including historical documents and items, swords, knives, firearms and coins. It's definitely a must-see even if you're not planning to buy anything!
At Clever Element, unique and interesting items made from independent artists, designers and fair trade artisans can be purchased. This shop offers a variety of ever-changing products since new artists are added weekly. Clothes, accessories, jewelry, toys, art and organic soaps and candles are some of the articles sold here.
Founded in 2010 by Pascal Besset, an Executive Chef from the South of France, this store truly knows how to provide top quality, uniquely handcrafted salami and truffles. The products are made with the finest natural meats with Mediterranean and European influences to get that perfect taste.
Coolest Shoes In California started to sell only one product - the French designed Glagla in August 2008 and today they carry 14 comfortable brands that reflects the California leisure lifestyle. The team here gladly serves great customer service and will help you to find a pair of comfortable, stylish shoes.
There is a smaller airport, McClellan-Palomar Airport, 3 miles Southeast of Carlsbad, but San Diego International Airport is the major hub served by most major airlines. To get to/from the San Diego International Airport to/from Carlsbad you have different options: -the coaster, the commuter rail service that operates daily (except holidays such as New Year's Eve Day or Thanksgiving) www.gonctd.com/coaster -Amtrak Intercity, available 365 days per year www.amtrakcalifornia.com -taxis are always available and if you are not interested in any specific taxi company, a Transportation Coordinator will be there helping you getting on the first taxi West Coast Taxi (760) 434-1530 Tri-City Cab (760) 533-4448
The North County Transit District provides transportation via bus and train service and serves the whole San Diego County; you will find: -the Coaster, a train that connects Carlsbad to Oceanside, Encinitas, Sorrento Valley, San Diego and more -the Sprinter, running every 30 minutes during weekdays -the bus Breeze with single ride tickets, day and monthly passes (all the information on the website here listed)