Beach Town Guide: What to Do in Carlsbad, CA

If you are planning a trip to San Diego but don’t want to deal with the hassle of staying in the city, consider staying in one of the beach towns in North County. Beachfront Only Oceanside Vacation Rentals offers gorgeous properties on the water just 30 minutes away from downtown San Diego. We have already covered some of our favorite things to do in Oceanside and Encinitas, so today, we will focus on the charming beach town of Carlsbad. So, if you are wondering what to do in Carlsbad, you’ve come to the right place! There are endless Carlsbad activities to discover, from Legoland to fun in the water and fascinating museums.

What to Do in Carlsbad, CA

Stay at one of our Carlsbad properties with Beachfront Only Vacation Rentals, and you will be centrally located to activities and restaurants in town. Whether you want to relax on the beach or explore the great outdoors, Carlsbad has something for everyone!

Spend the Day at a Carlsbad Beach

With so many things to choose from, you may be wondering what to do in Carlsbad first. How about the beach! Carlsbad boasts seven miles of coastline with some fantastic beaches! South Carlsbad State Beach is the most popular option where you can find convenient amenities and endless things to do. Spend your beach day swimming, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, or biking! Here are a few more of our favorite beaches:

Tamarack Surf Beach

South Ponto Beach

Terramar Beach

Experience Endless Fun at Legoland

If you are visiting Carlsbad with kids, you must visit Legoland! This popular attraction promises endless fun for families with exhilarating rides, fun interactive activities, and water park attractions to cool down. You can also find the Sea Life Aquarium here, where you can marvel at over 6,000 marine creatures!

Shop & Dine in Carlsbad Village

Carlsbad Village is the shopping, restaurant, art, and entertainment hub in town. Spend some time shopping at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets or stop at the farmers market on Wednesday afternoons. Art lovers can explore the local galleries, and foodies have a wealth of restaurants to try. You can even join a Taste of Carlsbad Food Tour, where you can sample the best local flavors of The Village by the Sea.

Learn Local History & Visit Museums

If you want to learn something new during your getaway, you can visit museums or explore historical sites. Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park is a 27-acre park home to historical buildings that you can learn about on a self-guided walking tour. Visit the Museum of Making Music and learn about the fascinating history of the music industry.

Carlsbad Beachfront Vacation Rentals

Now that you know more about what to do in Carlsbad, you can start planning where to stay. Beachfront Only Oceanside Vacation Rentals offers four Carlsbad properties within walking distance of the beach and the village. Our C2955-8 rental is a two-bedroom rental ideal for small groups and couples. If you are visiting North County with a large family, C3015 offers a spacious nine-bedroom oasis on the beach. If you can’t find a Carlsbad vacation rental that meets your criteria, browse our Oceanside and Encinitas properties.