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Best of Carlsbad Guide

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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.

All things to do » Things to do

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: LEGOLAND® California Resort has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including the new LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display opening March with a 16-foot... more Owner description: LEGOLAND® California Resort has more than 60 rides, shows and attractions including the new LEGO® Star Wars™: The Force Awakens Miniland Model Display opening March with a 16-foot long Finalizer model made completely out of LEGO bricks plus six more scenes! Conquer dragons, battle pirates and discover ancient treasures at the Resort, also home to LEGOLAND Water Park, SEA LIFE® Aquarium; and NEW for Summer enjoy Surfers’ Cove – a water park expansion featuring racer-water slides. There’s so much to do, you’ll want to spend the night at LEGOLAND Hotel featuring new LEGO NINJAGO themed rooms. 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

Tip Top Meats
Tip Top Meats
Ranked #1 of 343 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price:
Cuisines: American, German, European, Delicatessen
Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Bistro West
Bistro West
Ranked #2 of 343 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price: $6 - $30
Cuisines: American, Bar, Contemporary
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Ranked #3 of 343 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Cuisines: American, Brew Pub, Bar, Pub
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, 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 343 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: French, Wine Bar
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Vigilucci's Seafood and Steakhouse
Vigilucci's Seafood and Steakhouse
Ranked #5 of 343 Restaurants in Carlsbad
Price: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood, American
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Special occasions, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
2.5 of 5
Fairfield Inn & Suites San Diego Carlsbad
$137 - $327
Ranked #15 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Hampton Inn Carlsbad-North San Diego County
2.5 of 5
Hampton Inn Carlsbad-North San Diego County
$139 - $310
Ranked #17 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Pelican Cove Inn
Pelican Cove Inn
$53 - $265
Ranked #1 of 2 Carlsbad B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

West Inn & Suites Carlsbad
3.0 of 5
West Inn & Suites Carlsbad
$172 - $317
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Beach Terrace Inn
3.5 of 5
Beach Terrace Inn
$282 - $641
Ranked #2 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Ocean Palms Beach Resort
2.5 of 5
Ocean Palms Beach Resort
$184 - $534
Ranked #3 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
$344 - $560
Ranked #4 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
5.0 of 5
Four Seasons Residence Club Aviara
$258 - $1,213
Ranked #9 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
$224 - $442
Ranked #11 of 36 Hotels in Carlsbad
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