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Carlsbad is located 25 miles north of San Diego and is best described as a "Village by the Sea." Beautiful beaches surrounded by mountains and lagoons make up the terrain around this picture perfect town. Carlsbad State Beach, also known as Tamarack State Beach, is popular for day use and is near the village. South Carlsbad State Beach is a little more isolated, but has campsites on a cliff overlooking the ocean. The beaches provide plenty of opportunity for activities such as Frisbee, volleyball, picnicking, horseshoes, beachcombing or simply relaxing and sunbathing! The village of Carlsbad has a European feel, and is full of charming sidewalk cafes, boutiques, antique stores and romantic hotels. There are restaurants of every kind in Carlsbad, from family style to ethnic food. One of the most unique attractions in Carlsbad is Legoland, a 128-acre theme park for children ages 2-12. This is an interactive park with 47 rides and attractions, and is the only park of its kind in the country. Carlsbad also holds their Village Faires the first Sunday in May and November with more than 900 arts and crafts vendors. With year round mild weather, clean air and uncrowded beaches, Carlsbad is a delightful place to visit any time of year.

Surrounding areas: Lake San Marcos, California (5.2 mi), Encinitas, California (5.5 mi), Vista, California (6.3 mi), Oceanside, California (6.4 mi), Cardiff by the Sea, California (6.9 mi), Rancho Santa Fe, California (8.9 mi), Solana Beach, California (9.0 mi)

Carlsbad Vacation Rentals

Carlsbad Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Beach Terrace Inn2775 Ocean StCarlsbad, CA (760) 729-5951
Best Western Beach View Lodge3180 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA (619) 729-1151
Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort3075 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA (619) 434-7020
Courtyard By Marriott Carlsbad5835 Owens AveCarlsbad, CA (800) 321-2211
Extended Stay America1050 Grand AveCarlsbad, CA (760) 729-9380
Fairfield Inn Carlsbad760 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA (760) 438-2828
Hilton Garden Inn Carlsbad6450 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA (460) 476-0800
Holiday Inn-carlsbad By The Sea850 Palomar Airport RdCarlsbad, CA (760) 438-7880
Inns Of America Suites5010 Avenida EncinasCarlsbad, CA (760) 929-8200
La Costa Resort And Spa2100 Costa Del Mar RdCarlsbad, CA (619) 438-9111
Motel 6 #10211006 Carlsbad VLG DrCarlsbad, CA (619) 434-7135
Motel 6 #13516117 Paseo Del NorteCarlsbad, CA (619) 438-1242
Motel 6 #471750 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA (619) 431-0745
Quality Inn & Suites Near Legoland760 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA (760) 438-2828
Quality Inn & Suites715 Raintree DrCarlsbad, CA (760) 931-1185
Ramada Carlsbad751 Macadamia DrCarlsbad, CA (760) 438-2285
Residence Inn By Marriott Carlsbad2000 Faraday AveCarlsbad, CA (800) 331-3131
Super 8 Motel Carlsbad3700 Pio Pico DrCarlsbad, CA (760) 720-0808
Surf Motel3136 Carlsbad BlvdCarlsbad, CA (760) 729-7961
The Grand Pacific Palisades Resort & Hotel5805 Armada DrCarlsbad, CA (760) 827-3200
West Inn & Suites4970 Avenida EncinasCarlsbad, CA (760) 448-4500
Ocean Inn Hotel1444 N Coast Hwy 101Encinitas, CA3.4 mi.(760) 436-1988
Howerd Johnson Inn607 Leucadia BlvdEncinitas, CA4.0 mi.(760) 944-3800
Extended Stay America San Diego Oceanside3190 Vista WayOceanside, CA4.5 mi.(760) 439-1499
Holiday Inn Express3170 Vista WayOceanside, CA4.5 mi.(760) 757-2200
Best Western Inn & Suites-encinitas85 Encinitas BlvdEncinitas, CA5.1 mi.(760) 942-7455
Days Inn - Encinitas133 Encinitas BlvdEncinitas, CA5.1 mi.(760) 944-0260
La Quinta Motor Inn #643630 Sycamore AveVista, CA5.5 mi.(760) 727-8180
Econo Lodge410 N Hwy 101Encinitas, CA5.9 mi.(760) 436-4999
Leucadia Beach Motel1322 N Hwy 101Encinitas, CA5.9 mi.(760) 943-7461
Best Western Oceanside Inn1680 Oceanside BlvdOceanside, CA6.1 mi.(619) 722-1821
Hotel Rancho Vista537 S Santa Fe AveVista, CA6.2 mi.(760) 726-0660
Comfort Inn Cardiff By The Sea1661 Villa Cardiff DrCardiff By Sea, CA6.7 mi.(760) 944-0427
Montecito Village4302 Cassanna WayOceanside, CA6.8 mi.(760) 433-6000
Quality Inn & Suites1403 Mission AveOceanside, CA6.9 mi.(760) 721-6663
Motel 6 #6793708 PLZ DrOceanside, CA7.0 mi.(619) 941-1011
Oceanside Marina Inn2008 HBR Dr NorthOceanside, CA7.0 mi.(888) 723-3569
Ramada Limited1440 MSN BlvdOceanside, CA7.0 mi.(800) 272-6232
Villa Marina Suites Hotel2008 HBR Dr NOceanside, CA7.0 mi.(619) 722-1561
Cardiff By The Sea Lodge142 Chesterfield DrCardiff By Sea, CA7.1 mi.(760) 944-6474

Carlsbad Weather & Climate

Sunshine almost every day and winters that are mild and free of snow attract millions to the southern California coastline, between Los Angeles and San Diego, every year. The climate is mostly classified as Mediterranean with winters being just a few degrees cooler than summers. There is little to no rain from May through September or October, which is great for outdoors activities, but bad for fire danger. Fog and low clouds usually hug the coastline in the summertime in the late evening and the wee hours of the morning, but burns off by midday. The rainy season generally runs November through March or sometimes April. Thunderstorms are infrequent and light. As you move further inland away from the cooling effect of the ocean breezes, temperatures become warmer with more variation between summer and winter.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 67°F 45°F 3.13 in. 57°F
February 68°F 45°F 2.66 in. 57°F
March 68°F 47°F 2.83 in. 58°F
April 72°F 49°F 0.94 in. 60°F
May 73°F 54°F 0.27 in. 62°F
June 77°F 57°F 0.13 in. 64°F
July 82°F 60°F 0.05 in. 66°F
August 83°F 62°F 0.11 in. 69°F
September 82°F 60°F 0.31 in. 67°F
October 78°F 55°F 0.45 in. 63°F
November 73°F 48°F 1.28 in. 61°F
December 68°F 44°F 1.53 in. 59°F

Carlsbad Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Ontario International airport (ONT) located about 66 miles north of Carlsbad in Ontario, California, the Palm Springs International airport (PSP) located approximately 66 miles northeast of Carlsbad in Palm Springs, California, the San Bernardino International airport (SBD) located roughly 67 miles north of Carlsbad in San Bernardino, California, and finally the Long Beach airport (LGB) located around 68 miles northwest of Carlsbad in Long Beach, California.

Carlsbad Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Legoland CaliforniaCarlsbadCA 
Belmont ParkSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.
SeaWorld San DiegoSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.
Frasier's FrontierEl CajonCA29.8 mi.
Castle Amusement ParkRiversideCA57.7 mi.
Adventure CityAnaheimCA60.8 mi.
Disney's California AdventureAnaheimCA60.8 mi.
DisneylandAnaheimCA60.8 mi.
Pharaohs Lost KingdomRedlandsCA64.8 mi.
Knott's Berry FarmBuena ParkCA65.4 mi.
Scandia Amusement ParkOntarioCA68.2 mi.
Boomers Family Fun CenterUplandCA70.4 mi.
Water Parks
The Haunted Galleon and Volcano IslandLake ElsinoreCA37.8 mi.
Pharaoh's WaterparkRedlandsCA64.8 mi.
Soak City U.S.A.Buena ParkCA65.4 mi.
Oasis WaterparkPalm SpringsCA65.4 mi.
Raging WatersSan DimasCA74.1 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborSanta ClaritaCA113.2 mi.
Six Flags Hurricane HarborValenciaCA118.4 mi.
Golf Courses
Rancho Carlsbad Country ClubCarlsbadCA 
Lake San Marcos Resort & Executive Golf CourseLake San MarcosCA5.2 mi.
Encinitas Ranch Golf CourseEncinitasCA5.5 mi.
Emerald Isle Golf CourseOceansideCA6.3 mi.
Oceanside Center City Golf CourseOceansideCA6.4 mi.
Oceanside Golf CourseOceansideCA6.4 mi.
Twin Oaks Golf CourseSan MarcosCA8.0 mi.
Lomas Santa Fe Executive Golf CourseSolana BeachCA8.8 mi.
Castle Creek Country ClubEscondidoCA12.6 mi.
Meadow Lake Golf ClubEscondidoCA12.6 mi.
Reidy Creek Golf CourseEscondidoCA12.6 mi.
Vineyard at EscondidoEscondidoCA12.6 mi.
Torrey Pines Municipal Golf CourseLa JollaCA15.4 mi.
Woods Valley Golf ClubValley CenterCA16.6 mi.
Fallbrook Golf ClubFallbrookCA17.6 mi.
Maderas Golf ClubPowayCA19.1 mi.
Balboa Park Municipal Golf ClubSan DiegoCA25.2 mi.
Carmel Mountain Country ClubSan DiegoCA25.2 mi.
Eagle Crest Golf ClubSan DiegoCA25.2 mi.
Mission Bay Golf CourseSan DiegoCA25.2 mi.
Mission Trails Golf CourseSan DiegoCA25.2 mi.
Oaks North Golf CourseSan DiegoCA25.2 mi.
Tecolote Canyon Golf CourseSan DiegoCA25.2 mi.
Mt Woodson Golf ClubRamonaCA25.9 mi.
Presidio Hills Golf CourseSan DiegoCA25.9 mi.
San Vicente Inn & Golf ClubRamonaCA25.9 mi.
Roseville Rolling Greens Golf CourseRosevilleCA28.1 mi.
Sun City Roseville Golf CourseRosevilleCA28.1 mi.
Woodcreek Golf ClubRosevilleCA28.1 mi.
Cross Creek Golf ClubTemeculaCA28.2 mi.
Ski Areas
Snow ValleyRunning SpringsCA75.8 mi.
Ski SunriseWrightwoodCA87.8 mi.
State Parks
Palomar Mountain State ParkCA27.1 mi. 
Museum of Making MusicCarlsbadCA(Multidisciplinary)
Antique Gas & Steam Engine MuseumVistaCA6.3 mi.(Technology)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA7.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
California Surf MuseumOceansideCA7.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
ICR Museum of Creation & Earth HistorySanteeCA27.1 mi.(Science)
Heritage of San Clemente & Visitor CenterSan ClementeCA27.8 mi.(History)
Computer Museum of AmericaLa MesaCA29.2 mi.(Technology)
San Diego Historical SocietySan DiegoCA29.3 mi.(History)
San Diego Maritime MuseumSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Reuben H. Fleet Space Theater and Science CenterSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.(Science)
San Diego Natural History MuseumSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.(Science)
Firehouse MuseumSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.(Technology)
Mingei International MuseumSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.(Art)
Museum of Contemporary ArtSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.(Art)
Museum of Photographic ArtsSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.(Art)
San Diego Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.(Art)
Timken Museum of ArtSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.(Art)
Beall Center for Art and TechnologyIrvineCA48.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Irvine MuseumIrvineCA48.5 mi.(Art)
National Bicycle History Archive of AmericaSanta AnaCA54.2 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
San Diego Wild Animal ParkSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.
San Diego ZooSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.
Sea World of San DiegoSan DiegoCA29.3 mi.
Santa Ana ZooSanta AnaCA54.2 mi.
Birch AquariumLa JollaCA60.8 mi.
The Living DesertPalm DesertCA67.5 mi.
Los Angeles ZooLos AngelesCA84.2 mi.

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