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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
“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.”
  • 270 locals recommend
Outlet Mall
“The Carlsbad outlet mall is right next to the flower fields and the beach which makes it a phenomenal stop in the day. Pop in for lunch at one of the many surrounding restaurants and get a deal on some new sunglasses at the outlets. ”
  • 132 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Great ultra casual seafood! Local favorite beachy spot just a 10minutes away in Leucadia. ”
  • 71 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The fun of Disneyland but much more manageable. Not many food options so pack snacks but it’s a great combo of rides and playground areas. Kids ages 3-9 will enjoy this park the most. Check Groupon for sales on the Legoland resorts, it’s a fun overnight stay. All the rooms are themed and come with legos to take home. This park can easily be done in a day. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Garden
“The flower fields are a famous Carlsbad delight if you are here in the spring! Explore both free and paid experiences with tons of surrounding local restaurants. ”
  • 65 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
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
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 ”
  • 49 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
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
Coffee Shop
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“Great coffee, quick walk to great beaches for views or hanging there after. Yummy food! Tell Jose we sent you!”
  • 35 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“Great ultra casual seafood! Local favorite beachy spot just a 10minutes away in Leucadia. ”
  • 71 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
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
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 ”
  • 49 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
American Restaurant
“Trendy place with great craft cocktails and one of our favorites to stop in for appetizers:)”
  • 21 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Great Whiskey Bar and Microbrewery. Also has great food and neat atmosphere.”
  • 23 locals recommend

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