Carlsbad is an affluent resort community located in the northern part of San Diego county, between Los Angeles and San Diego. The city’s superb location along the southern California coastline and booming tourism industry makes it a hotspot for beach lovers and tourists alike. If you’re an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys biking, hiking, fishing, kayaking and many other activities, consider planning your next vacation to experience the scenic views in Carlsbad.


Carlsbad is home to miles of gorgeous beaches that attract many beach lovers, surfers and boaters each year. Favorite activities onshore include volleyball, Frisbee, soccer, picnic lunches, rollerblading, sunbathing and making sand castles. It’s also a great place to do fishing on quiet days. Swimmers and surfers will be drawn to the waves.

 A local favorite is the Carlsbad City Beach which features a 4 mile walking path great for enjoying a stroll just before sunset. The beach is accessible with lots of free parking on the surrounding side streets and in the parking lots near the southern part of Ocean St., though it can get busy at certain times. The waters can get pretty dark in some swimming areas. Each year, the Carlsbad Sprint Triathlon is hosted in July. There’s lots of good scenery and plenty of typical activities to do. Another favorite is Carlsbad State Beach (also called Tamarack Beach), which has good access to swimming waters and lots of fun for the whole family. It’s also a great place do scuba diving, fishing, surfing and swimming. South Carlsbad State Beach is another beach hotspot with wi-fi internet available.


If you enjoy water sports and hiking, Carlsbad’s lagoons may be just for you. Filled with lush scenery, they’re a great place to sit back and enjoy the views. The Buena Vista Lagoon offers spectacular views of the ocean. It’s a fresh water lagoon home to about 200 species of wildlife including many types of birds and reptiles. It’s accessible by bike or by walking on its many hiking trails. Bird watchers would be in for a treat. Fishing is also a pastime for many visitors. Aqua Hedionda Lagoon is another place that lends itself to many water sports and recreation such as boating, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. There’s also the Batiquitos Lagoon, which is a great place for scenic nature walks, jogging and hiking.


Carlsbad boasts a large number of trails perfect to help you get some exercise while admiring the natural beauty of the surrounding landscapes. Here’s a list of some of the popular ones:

  • Aviara Trails (6600 Hidden Valley Road, Carlsbad, CA 92011)
  • Hidden Canyon Trail (2700 Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008)
  • Hidden Valley Legoland Trails (One LEGOLAND Dr., Carlsbad, CA 92008)
  • Hosp Grove Trail (2260 Jefferson St, Carlsbad, CA 92008)
  • Calavera Hills Village H North Trail (Carlsbad Village Dr & Victoria Ave, Carlsbad, CA 92010)