The Surfing Community of Carlsbad
Carlsbad California is a charming, chic community on the ocean just north of California's most beautiful city, San Diego. It offers something for everyone, from luxury resorts to unspoiled coastal lagoons. Runners from all over the world participate in the annual marathon that winds through this picturesque beach town along the Pacific coastline.
The North County beach communities include Solana Beach, Encinitas and Cardiff By The Sea. Each community is offers magnificent ocean views and cooling sea breezes.
Legoland is a big attraction for families visiting the town. The park is alive with color and is a very pleasant theme parks for parents - as well as the kids! The lines are short compared to Disneyland and the atmosphere is comparatively relaxed for a theme park. The landscaping is lovely and parents appreciate the healthy caf with great choices.
Here are world class beaches. The State Beach runs from Tamarack Avenue all the way along the beach to downtown. There's sandy beach below and a great sidewalk along the bluff tops for sunset strolls and people watching. A little further to the south is Ponto Beach (the locals call it South Ponto). You will find a state campground on top of the bluff overlooking the ocean with stairs to the beach below.
The Flower Fields are not to be missed in the spring from March to mid-May. Here you can walk through 50 acres of colorfully carpeted fields, magnificently framed by the Pacific Ocean. An absolutely perfect combination of temperature, sunlight, soil and moisture make this the world's finest location for growing the famous "Persian Buttercups". These gorgeous flowers have graced the southern California coast for more than 60 years. The Flower Fields are at 5704 Paseo de Norte Drive.
There are dozens of lodging choices. You can find Carlsbad Inn, Marriott, Hyatt and the Tamarack Beach Hotel, plus some funky Bed and Breakfasts.
If you're looking for luxury, the Four Seasons Aviara Resort is a 225 acre Spanish-style luxury resort placed on a bluff carpeted with wildflowers overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon. Its Arnold Palmer-signature golf course is impeccably designed and laid out around the natural rolling hills of the resort. The Aviara golf course features water traps that are actually part of Batiquitos lagoon. You will find that the clubhouse offers every amenity that serious golfers enjoy and occasional duffers feel pampered by.
Of all the Carlsbad Hotels the only one that is (1) cute, (2) romantic with (3) views of the ocean for (4) under $170 a night is the Inn at Moonlight Beach.
Terry Hunefeld retired from a CEO career in 2007 to follow his bliss of sailing the ocean to observe seabirds and mammals. He and his wife Ann Dunham purchased a romantic Bed and Breakfast Inn on the Pacific Ocean of San Diego. If you are looking for encinitas ca hotels or Solana Beach accommodations be sure to check out the Inn at Moonlight Beach.