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Carlsbad Travel Guide

Located in between San Diego and Los Angeles, Carlsbad, California is a lively beach town buzzing with activities. Home to Legoland parks and resorts, kids of all ages will be excited plan a visit. The Legoland Park features over 60 rides and thrills, shows, a water park, and an aquarium for the whole family to enjoy.

Things to Do in Carlsbad

While in town, check out some of Carlsbad’s beaches. South Carlsbad State Beach is the best in the city, with a protected coastline, soft white sand, and picturesque views of the Pacific. Music lover? Check out the Museum of Making Music, dedicated to the history and production of musical instruments throughout history. Foodies will love the Carlsbad Food Tour taking you through the Carlsbad Village, stopping at the best eateries the town has to offer.

Locals in Carlsbad tend to be welcoming and friendly, and they tend to keep their city clean.

Best Time to Visit Carlsbad

Winters along the water can get chilly, so plan your trip between March and October to get the best of Southern California’s weather.

A Local's Guide to Carlsbad

With year-round perfect weather, Carlsbad is the ideal coastal Californian city vacation spot. Offering a plethora of fun attractions, such as Legoland California and the Sea Life Aquarium, as well as a prime beachfront location with stunning ocean views, it is no wonder that the city sees visitors throughout the year. The small community is situated about halfway between San Diego and Los Angeles which makes traveling to Carlsbad easy.

Fun for all ages, Legoland is Carlsbad’s best loved attraction. Just half an hour north of San Diego, this is a theme park with a difference. With over 60 rides and interactive exhibits, it will keep you entertained all day. The Sea Life Aquarium and water park is also a fun-filled day out, especially when the summer temperatures reach their peak. The park is full of slides and themed pools, some of the most popular being the amazing Lion Temple Wave Pool, the Build-a-Boat section, two individual beaches, and various shows.

One of the biggest draws to the town is its seven miles of pure white sand scattered with vacation rentals. South Carlsbad State Beach is one of the most stunning stretches of coastland in the west, and offers a range of outdoor activities. The water tends to be warm, therefore in the summer months the sea is full of people enjoying snorkeling, surfing, scuba diving and swimming at the beach.

In Carlsbad village itself, there are many vacation rentals, all of which allow you to be in the center of it all. Some even have a private pool or hot tub, so you can enjoy your stay with a little bit of luxury. Shops, restaurants and many other services are all in walking distance, making for the perfect Carlsbad vacation. Roam in and out of the many second-hand clothing stores and vintage outlets, or check out the Carlsbad Antiques Mall with over 100 vendors. While exploring the town, pop into some of the Carlsbad premium outlets or venture into a tasting shop to sample some of San Diego County’s delicious beverages.

A famous landmark in town is the Alt Karlsbad Hanse House, on Carlsbad Boulevard. This is the site of the first mineral spa in the village, with roots back to the 1880’s. Elsewhere, the La Costa area of Carlsbad is one of the better-known residential areas, and it is here that you can find the perfect house rental or beach house.

The Museum of Making Music is well worth a visit, a venue dedicated to showcasing some of the best music products in the industry. It also the hosts innovative exhibitions and educational programs throughout the year. The Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park makes a great day trip from your vacation home. The park sits in a 27-acre canyon, and is a former working ranch owned by actor Leo Carrillo. Spend a day admiring the reflecting pool, historic buildings, adobe buildings and old windmills.

Those who are looking for rentals in Carlsbad from early March to May will be treated to a vibrant display from the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Over 50 acres of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers transform the hills into a spectacular display of life and color, blooming for just around five weeks a year.

Price and Availability in Carlsbad

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The most expensive month to stay in a vacation rental in Carlsbad is in July, while the cheapest month is in April. The most popular time to book a vacation rental in Carlsbad is in the high season in July. Carlsbad has its low season in December, when less people are visiting and the vacation home occupancy rate drops.
The cheapest day to stay at a vacation rental in Carlsbad tends to be Monday, while the most expensive day tends to be Friday. Vacation homes in Carlsbad tend to be busiest on Saturdays, while it tends to be much quieter on Tuesdays.

The Weather in Carlsbad

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This climate histogram shows you the weather patterns in Carlsbad. The hottest month in Carlsbad is May, when temperatures peak at 92 ˚F. The coolest month is February, when temperatures drop to 29 ˚F. The wettest month in Carlsbad is December with 2.82 inches of rain, while the driest month is October with 0.38 inches of rain.

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Vacation Rentals in Carlsbad

Browse vacation rentals from all your favorite providers including Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway and others at AllTheRooms.com. We have 2,094 vacation rentals, hotels and other accommodation types in Carlsbad ranging from low-cost options to extravagant places to stay. The average price of an accommodation is $333 per night.

If you would like to stay connected during your trip, then you can choose from over 941 accommodations in Carlsbad that have WiFi. 84 of our accommodations include a breakfast in the price. Fitness addicts can get a workout in during their stay by choosing from 156 accommodations that have gyms. Driving to Carlsbad? Then choose one of the 885 places to stay that comes with a parking spot included. We track 237 vacation rentals that have a pool or jacuzzi.

Those traveling with a cat, dog or some other animal can stay in any of 255 accommodations that are designated as pet-friendly.

We combine a wide variety of Carlsbad accommodations including vacation rentals, home stays, hostels and other unique places to stay into one easy search. We show results from more than 8 providers, including 609 places to stay from Airbnb, 285 accommodations from VRBO and 49 places to stay from Homeaway.

1,071 of our accommodations in Carlsbad have been reviewed and rated. 51% are rated excellent or good. 684 accommodations allow instant booking.

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