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Has a unique atmosphere that makes it a vacation mecca and desirable place to live.

Overview for Carlsbad, CA

114,858 people live in Carlsbad, where the median age is 42.5 and the average individual income is $61,943. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.


Total Population

42.5 years

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Welcome to Carlsbad

Coastal and affluent beach city with miles of gorgeous coastline, world-class luxury resorts, and top-rated attractions

Known as “The Village by the Sea” and named after the famous spa in Karlsbad, Bohemia, Carlsbad offers a slice of quintessential California living. This hipster beach city is the gateway to California’s charming and idyllic landscape home to seven miles of coastline, world-class luxury resorts, fantastic shopping, acclaimed restaurants, breweries, and so much more.
A lively and affluent beach village, Carlsbad offers near-perfect year-round weather and small-town charms. Tucked between the laid-back vibe of downtown San Diego and the glamour of Orange County, Carlsbad has a unique atmosphere that makes it a vacation mecca and desirable place to live.

What to Love

  • Miles of beautiful coastline and pristine beaches
  • Home to many world-class luxury resorts
  • Top-rated tourist attractions, such as Legoland and The Flower Fields

People & Lifestyle

Carlsbad’s unique neighborhoods offer something for everyone. The southern part of the town is characterized by higher-end, master-planned communities tucked among the hillsides and lots of open space, while the northern part of town has more single-family homes and a few newer developments.

Carlsbad feels like a small town, with plenty of charms. It’s a peaceful and quiet place to live with excellent weather, miles of sandy beaches, top-ranked schools, and an incredible array of shopping and dining options.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

The Carlsbad Village Faire is a quaint shopping mall in the heart of the historic Carlsbad Village with numerous restaurants, shops, and services alongside a family-friendly fountain courtyard. You’ll find a little bit of everything here, from art galleries and spas to clothing boutiques and gift shops.
Watch the sunset while sipping from a signature cocktail creation on the oceanfront patio at Chandler’s, a farm-to-table restaurant that offers a fresh and flavorful approach to classic California cuisine. Chandler’s is an ideal setting for special occasions or a romantic date night. Grab a few friends and spend a night out at the buzzy indoor/outdoor eatery Campfire, which serves wood-fired fare amid stylish camping decor.
Pelly’s Fish Market & Cafe is one of the best places in Carlsbad for fresh seafood. This fantastic fish market and seafood restaurant has incredible tacos, burritos, sandwiches, and grilled seafood plates.

Things to Do

Celebrate the arrival of spring at The Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch. Cultivated for more than 85 years, the Flower Fields are a spectacular, coordinated display of color that blooms for six to eight weeks each year.
Considering the beautiful Carlsbad weather, it’s no surprise that residents love to get outside and head to one of the many beautiful local beaches or even visit the 400-acre Agua Hedionda Lagoon. The lagoon is a sensitive and vital ecosystem home to hundreds of species of marine life and waterfowl. These threatened coastal wetlands on the Southern California coastline are also used for recreational boating, a YMCA day camp, an aquaculture facility, and a white sea bass breeding and research center.
Among the many beaches in Carlsbad, the following are a few of the most popular:
  • Tamarack Surf Beach –– An ideal spot for families that offers great surfing, kayaking, scuba diving, windsurfing, and beachcombing.
  • Carlsbad State Beach –– The large bluff-top campground is a significant allure to this popular beach where you can go camping, fishing, skin diving, or surfing.
  • Ponto State Beach - A popular family destination, Ponto State Beach is known for its narrow sand-and-pebble beach with steep bluffs. It’s one of the undisturbed beaches, with less development than some of the others in the city.
Families can’t get enough of the Legoland resort, a theme park, aquarium, and miniature golf park based on the Lego toy brand. With fun attractions, shops, performances, and more, Legoland is a fantastic way to spend a day.


Around Carlsbad, CA

There's plenty to do around Carlsbad, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

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Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Dimensional Fitness Concepts, Blooming Womb, and Swim Synergy.

Name Category Distance Reviews
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Active 4.15 miles 13 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.48 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.96 miles 30 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 0.91 miles 41 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 4.75 miles 6 reviews 5/5 stars
Active 2.24 miles 23 reviews 5/5 stars
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