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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Theme Park
“Plan on a day trip. Legoland is about 45 minutes to one hour north in Carlsbad. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Hotel
“Legoland in Carlsbad is must do for any family with kiddos under 10. There’s water cannons to shoot, the chance to earn a driver’s license, and a Dragon roller coaster that’ll take you soaring through the sky. Legoland has added on the additions of a water park and the Sea Life Aquarium, making it even more worth it to spend the day here.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“Outlets located just 10 minutes up the highway. Most major retail chains there. Check online ... ”
  • 131 locals recommend
Garden
“A big tourist attraction during the flower season. Great for kids as there is a little tractor ride and park. ”
  • 64 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great ultra casual seafood! Local favorite beachy spot just a 10minutes away in Leucadia. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
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Entertainment
“This park is great for families with younger children and obviously LEGO enthusiasts;) Approximately 30 miles from our beach house!”
  • 29 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
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“Great casual beachy restaurant with excellent food of all types. Great happy hour, especially their margaritas and nightly live music make this a local fav!”
  • 61 locals recommend
Theme Park
“Don't miss Legoland if you have a Lego enthusiast in your family! Complete with rides, amazing lego creations, a water park, and aquarium, there is a ton of fun to be had! Tip: Crowds are smaller on weekdays. Search for deals and coupons like "Buy One, Get One Free." Best suited for children under 12.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“The Forum is located just a few minutes down El Camino Real. Major retailers such as Apple Store, Victoria’s Secret, LuLu Lemon, Free People, Anthropologie, H & M, White House Black Market, Urban Outfitters, Ulta, Bed Bath Beyond, Chico’s, Coffee Bean, Buca Di Beppo and many other stores and restaurants there... ”
  • 39 locals recommend
Route
“30 minutes north of San Diego has more than 60 rides, shows and attraction. It's an interactive hands-on theme park.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Bar
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“The Coyote Bar & Grill in Carlsbad offers Southwestern cuisine with California flare and live entertainment every night, including bands, DJs & Karaoke! They also have a large selection of tequila and an expansive patio to enjoy it on! They have live bands performing nearly every night on the outdoor patio. My kids and I would go here to dance and listen to some of the best music in north county Only one block from Carlsbad beaches ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Off-Licence
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“Good pizza and amazing beer. If you like beer, seriously... Pizza Port beers are amazing! It’s also family friendly, walkable to Carlsbad Beach, and right in the heart of Carlsbad Village.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Cinema
“Just up the road is this Upscale movie theatre with cocktail and food service. Leather lounge seating. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“Closest Beach to Vista- gorgeous views, seawall with path and restaurants within walking.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Winery
“This is a winery with a ton of varietals because they don’t have their own vineyard—they source from all over. Their Spanish-inspired tapas and platters are also good!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Department Store
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“Hit Costco at the beginning of your trip for all of your alcohol and bulk items.”
  • 22 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Hotel
“Legoland in Carlsbad is must do for any family with kiddos under 10. There’s water cannons to shoot, the chance to earn a driver’s license, and a Dragon roller coaster that’ll take you soaring through the sky. Legoland has added on the additions of a water park and the Sea Life Aquarium, making it even more worth it to spend the day here.”
  • 141 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Great ultra casual seafood! Local favorite beachy spot just a 10minutes away in Leucadia. ”
  • 70 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Great casual beachy restaurant with excellent food of all types. Great happy hour, especially their margaritas and nightly live music make this a local fav!”
  • 61 locals recommend
Bar
“The Coyote Bar & Grill in Carlsbad offers Southwestern cuisine with California flare and live entertainment every night, including bands, DJs & Karaoke! They also have a large selection of tequila and an expansive patio to enjoy it on! They have live bands performing nearly every night on the outdoor patio. My kids and I would go here to dance and listen to some of the best music in north county Only one block from Carlsbad beaches ”
  • 48 locals recommend
Off-Licence
“Good pizza and amazing beer. If you like beer, seriously... Pizza Port beers are amazing! It’s also family friendly, walkable to Carlsbad Beach, and right in the heart of Carlsbad Village.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Winery
“This is a winery with a ton of varietals because they don’t have their own vineyard—they source from all over. Their Spanish-inspired tapas and platters are also good!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great Whiskey Bar and Microbrewery. Also has great food and neat atmosphere.”
  • 23 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Campfire is a nice dinner place with amazing food crafted from a seasonal menu. The place has a cool vibe with its campfires outside and cozy lighting. All ingredients are very fresh and there are foods to please many different palettes. I love this place for a special occasion. My favorite item is the roasted broccoli. Plates are all made to share making it wonderful social meal for a group. Also... this place has AMAZING cocktails!”
  • 20 locals recommend

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