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Carlsbad
Spa-goers have flocked to Carlsbad since its mineral spring was discovered in the late 19th century. Today, you can visit the site of the original well, but you can do much more than just "taking the waters"—Carlsbad’s spas offer world-class services.

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Carlsbad State Beach
Carlsbad State Beach
This nearly five-mile stretch of beach is popular with families but also draws surfers and skin divers to the water and runners and cyclists to the boulevard bordering the beach.
Attraction type: Beaches
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Carlsbad Village
Carlsbad Village
Downtown Carlsbad offers antique and curio stores, lots of good eating places and a great place to cool off after spending hours on the nearby beach.
Attraction type: Neighborhoods
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LEGOLAND California
LEGOLAND California
Owner description: Come play at LEGOLAND California Resort. It’s a hands-on experience with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. Starting Summer 2014, take your imagination on an amazing... more Owner description: Come play at LEGOLAND California Resort. It’s a hands-on experience with more than 60 rides, shows and attractions. Starting Summer 2014, take your imagination on an amazing journey and enter the new LEGO® Legends of CHIMA™ Water Park. It features an awe-inspiring Lion Temple Wave Pool, crocodile swamp and the interactive Build-a-Boat. Stay the night at the LEGOLAND Hotel at the Resort with 250 LEGO themed rooms, play areas and be just steps away from LEGOLAND Park. The resort is home to LEGOLAND Water Park and SEA LIFE® Aquarium with the new Spring exhibit, Jellyfish Discovery. less
Attraction type: Theme Parks
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Carlsbad Flower Fields
Carlsbad Flower Fields
Owner description: Fifty acres of visual splendor, located on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, make this one of the most beautiful sites on the West Coast. Also on the site are special... more Owner description: Fifty acres of visual splendor, located on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean, make this one of the most beautiful sites on the West Coast. Also on the site are special nurseries, gardens and an award-winning Rose Garden. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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Museum of Making Music
Museum of Making Music
Owner description: This unique museum provides an exciting documentary of the last 100 years of American music through interactive displays, a focus on six different musical eras and a collection of... more Owner description: This unique museum provides an exciting documentary of the last 100 years of American music through interactive displays, a focus on six different musical eras and a collection of musical instruments. less
Attraction type: Specialty Museums
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Bistro West
Bistro West
Ranked #1 of 335 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price: $6 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Contemporary
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Tip Top Meats
Tip Top Meats
Ranked #2 of 335 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price:
Cuisines: American, German, European, Delicatessen
Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Ranked #3 of 335 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Cuisines: American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
Good for: Large groups, Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
PAON Restaurant & Wine Bar
Ranked #4 of 335 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French, Wine Bar
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pizza Port
Pizza Port
Ranked #5 of 335 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Italian, American, Pizza
Good for: Dining on a budget, Large groups, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Courtyard San Diego Carlsbad/McClellan-Palomar Airport
3.0 of 5
Courtyard San Diego Carlsbad/McClellan-Palomar Airport
$128 - $259
Ranked #22 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Pelican Cove Inn
Pelican Cove Inn
$111 - $242
Ranked #1 of 2 Carlsbad B&B and Inns
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Days Inn Carlsbad
2.5 of 5
Days Inn Carlsbad
$88 - $185
Ranked #24 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

West Inn & Suites Carlsbad
3.0 of 5
West Inn & Suites Carlsbad
$175 - $251
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Ocean Palms Beach Resort
2.5 of 5
Ocean Palms Beach Resort
$222 - $429
Ranked #3 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Carlsbad Seapointe Resort
3.0 of 5
Carlsbad Seapointe Resort
$215 - $365
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
5.0 of 5
Park Hyatt Aviara Resort
$292 - $508
Ranked #4 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
4.5 of 5
Cape Rey Carlsbad, a Hilton Resort
$227 - $386
Ranked #10 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
$298 - $569
Ranked #12 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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