Why Visit Carlsbad, California?
Carlsbad is a coastal city, just 35 miles north of downtown San Diego, and has long been a popular seaside escape for Californians.
The Best Time to Visit Carlsbad, California
Carlsbad, CA experiences a semi-arid Mediterranean climate. The hottest and driest months fall between August and September, with highs averaging around 78°F. The coldest and wettest months fall between December and February, with lows averaging at 47°F.
Hotels in Carlsbad, CA are most expensive between May and July. The cheapest month to visit Carlsbad, CA is in November.
Getting Around Carlsbad, California
San Diego International Airport (SAN), approx. 36 miles away, is the closest major airport to Carlsbad, CA. The most convenient way to get from San Diego International Airport (SAN) to downtown Carlsbad is by taxi. Taxis are available at the airport’s Transportation Plaza. The journey will take around 45 minutes, and costs between US$120–US$150.
Driving is a popular way of getting to and around Carlsbad, CA. Car rental agencies have desks conveniently located at the Rental Car Center. A free shuttle bus service continually runs between the airport and the Rental Car Center. Alternatively, Trip.com offers a wide selection of cars to book, with free cancellation and no credit card fees. You can explore car rental options here.
The city of Carlsbad is served by the North County Transit District (NCTD), consisting of the Coaster Commuter Rail and the BREEZE Bus System. Single ride fares cost US$2.50 per BREEZE bus ride, and US$5 per Coaster 1 Zone Commuter Rail ride.
Things to Do in Carlsbad, California
LEGOLAND California Resort, just 5.6 miles away from downtown Carlsbad, includes the LEGOLAND Theme Park, LEGOLAND Water Park and the SEA LIFE Aquarium. The theme park features more than 60 rides, shows, and attractions. Admission costs US$63 per adult, and US$53 per child/senior. Upgrade your LEGOLAND ticket to include entry into the Water Park for US$30. The SEA LIFE aquarium features interactive, educational exhibits, and includes up close encounters with sea creatures, including sharks, octopi, and rays. Upgrade your LEGOLAND ticket to include entry into the SEA LIFE Aquarium for US$25. LEGOLAND California is only open daily in spring and summer, and closed on select Tuesdays and Wednesdays during the fall and winter.
Life’s certainly a beach in Carlsbad, CA! With 7 miles of pristine, mostly undeveloped beaches, it’s all a matter of finding the perfect one to hike, bike, dive, surf, birdwatch, or just take a quiet stroll. North Carlsbad Beaches can be accessed from Carlsbad Village Drive, the main tourist area of Carlsbad, CA.
If you’re planning your visit between early March through early May, don’t miss the 50-acre Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch, set on a hillside, overlooking the Carlsbad, CA. skyline. It opens daily from every first week of March, to the first week of May, from 09:00–18:00.