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Carlsbad, CA

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About CarlsbadThis beach resort was named for the popular 19th-century Karlsbad spa in Bohemia. The city's European background can be seen in the Old World architecture of some of its buildings. Information about the scenic beach walk and self-guiding tours of Carlsbad Village is available from the visitors center.

Carlsbad features plenty of beaches for visitors including Carlsbad State Beach, sometimes called Tamarack Beach, where beachgoers swim, surf, kayak and fish. The Carlsbad Sea Wall runs along this area and provides a paved path for joggers, walkers and cyclists.

The Carlsbad Village hosts a farmers market, 2907 State St., every Wednesday afternoon from 2:30-7, mid-March through November 1; 2:30-6, rest of year. Just off I-5 and US 101 is Batiquitos Lagoon, a wetlands area surrounding a freshwater lake that opens into the ocean. The Carlsbad Village Street Faire is held in early May and early November and features nearly 1,000 arts and crafts and antique vendors as well as entertainment and international food vendors on Grand Avenue.

Visitor Centers Visit Carlsbad 400 Carlsbad Village Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92008. Phone:(760)434-6093

ShoppingOne nice one-stop shopping destination is Village Faire , which offers more than 30 stores and restaurants in a New England-meets-Caribbean atmosphere. Carlsbad Premium Outlets , 5620 Paseo del Norte, has over 80 outlet stores. Brands represented at the open-air shopping center include Calvin Klein, Dooney & Bourke and Michael Kors.

Things to Do The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch

LEGOLAND California Resort


SEA LIFE Aquarium

Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park

Museum of Making Music

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Carlsbad, CA

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The Cassara Carlsbad, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton

5805 Armada Dr. Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Best Western Plus Beach View Lodge

3180 Carlsbad Blvd. Carlsbad, CA 92008

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Cape Rey Carlsbad Beach, a Hilton Resort & Spa

1 Ponto Rd. Carlsbad, CA 92011

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Courtyard by Marriott San Diego Carlsbad

5835 Owens Ave. Carlsbad, CA 92008

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