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Destination guide

Experience Carlsbad from vacation home rentals

If you're the sort that loves to live the high life, Carlsbad might just be the vacation spot for you. Just 35 miles from downtown San Diego, this smart beachfront city is one of the wealthiest spots in the state, and a glam Carlsbad vacation rental is an opportunity to see how the other half lives without breaking the bank. You'll come for the gorgeous beaches, surf spots, and family-friendly attractions, but once you're there you'll get to enjoy brewery tours, flower meadows, and fine dining. And with a year-round program of events, there's never a dull day in Carlsbad.

Things to do

Attractions near Carlsbad getaway cabins

What's that you can hear? High-pitched voices? The rapid pattering of little feet? A palpable sense of excitement? It can only be Legoland California. This family-friendly theme park is one of Carlsbad's most popular attractions, featuring entertainment, rides, and even its own water park and aquarium. If you're around between March and May, the Flower Fields at Carlsbad Ranch are a particularly lovely part of the Carlsbad vacation rental experience, with multi colored fields, rose gardens, and special seasonal events. There are museums too, including the Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum and the Carlsbad Barrio and Museum.

Activities

Activities near Carlsbad vacation homes

With a Carlsbad vacation rental, it's only a matter of time before you find yourself down on the beach. Surfers and sun seekers alike love it round here, and it's a pretty sure bet that you will, too. And if you're not content with seeing the spectacular California coastline from ground level, then of course Carlsbad has a more decadent way to do it, with various companies offering plane and helicopter tours. Another quirk of the area is that it's got a disproportionate number of breweries—so hire yourself a designated driver and get some of the good stuff down you.

Weather

Climate for your stay in Carlsbad vacation homes

As weather goes, it doesn't come much better than the climate in this part of California. Summers round here are hot and dry, so you can be fairly certain your Legoland trip isn't going to be a washout. It rarely gets too hot, thanks to those cool breezes blowing in off the Pacific, but if it does, the ocean's right there, after all. Winter is also a decent option for a Carlsbad vacation rental. The weather's still pretty mild, without too much rain, though you might get a bit of fog coming in from time to time.

Natural features

When a vacationer is tired of beaches, they're tired of life

If the attractions and the upscale vibe make Carlsbad a winner in the vacation destination stakes, then the setting isn't bad either. The city is full of open spaces, including lakes, parks, ranches, and hills. The standout feature of the area, though, is its spectacular Pacific coast. With 7 miles of rocky coastline and sandy beaches, there's something for everyone, whether you're looking for a secluded spot to laze in the sun or some serious waves to test your mettle against. Many of the beaches in this part of San Diego County are protected, making them havens for wildlife.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Carlsbad

The nearest airport is in Carlsbad, CA (CLD-McClellan-Palomar), located 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into San Diego, CA (MYF-Montgomery Field), which is 23.4 mi (37.6 km) away.

If you'd rather travel by train, you can make your way to Carlsbad Village Station.

Family friendly

Kid-friendly activities near Carlsbad vacation homes

Carlsbad is one of the best destinations for a family trip. Vacation homes are available near places like Miniland USA, an amusement park with thrill rides, kiddie rides, and games, and Batiquitos Lagoon, an ecological reserve with a nature center and hiking trails. Kids will also like SEA LIFE Aquarium, a family-friendly marine facility with thousands of sea creatures and interactive exhibits.

Good for couples

Romantic vacation homes in Carlsbad

Carlsbad boasts numerous romantic locations for a couple’s retreat. Vacation homes can be found near places like San Elijo Lagoon, a nature reserve with miles of trails through a lagoon teeming with wildlife, and the Flower Fields, a seasonal park with acres of colorful flowers and walking paths. You could also visit Leo Carrillo Ranch History Park, a historic park in a canyon with peacocks, birds of paradise, and other unique flora and fauna.

How many vacation rentals are available around Carlsbad?

Our 2020 property listings offer a large selection of 2,361 vacation rentals around Carlsbad. From 890 house rentals to 1,013 condo and apartment rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Carlsbad?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Carlsbad:

  • Carlsbad Village: 309 vacation rentals
  • Aviara: 140 vacation rentals
  • Olde Carlsbad: 383 vacation rentals
  • Bressi Ranch: 16 vacation rentals
  • La Costa: 39 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Carlsbad?

Vrbo offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Carlsbad. From Vrbo travelers, the top most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Legoland California: 1,561 vacation rentals
  • Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation: 2,512 vacation rentals
  • Carlsbad Village Station: 2,437 vacation rentals
  • Carlsbad Lagoon: 2,480 vacation rentals
  • Batiquitos Lagoon: 2,998 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Carlsbad listed on Vrbo where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Carlsbad?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 890 Houses in Carlsbad. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Carlsbad include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,013 rentals available
  • Villas: 54 rentals available
  • Cottages: 69 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Carlsbad?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,105 vacation rentals with pool available in Carlsbad. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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