5 Reasons I Love Carlsbad

I had never heard of Carlsbad, but by the end of my trip I was calling all my friends, telling them they had to go…


The Flower Fields

My gardening skills can be summed up in two words: black thumb. My short memory (or maybe it’s my optimism?) allows me to continually buy potted plants, and then somehow reliably kill them in under a month.

5 Reasons I Love Carlsbad

That’s why I hesitated when every Carlsbad local I talked to mentioned a mandatory visit to the springtime gardening marvel, the Carlsbad Flower Fields. I wasn’t too eager to visit a field of flowers (boring, right?). Well, I decided to check it out anyway, and just getting a glimpse of them from my car window left me in absolute awe.

5 Reasons I Love Carlsbad

The Carlsbad Flower Fields – Over 50 acres are in bloom from March to May

Row upon row of colorful flowers is a feast for the eyes. Open in the spring, from early March to early May, strolling through the over 50 acres of flower fields is a one-of-a-kind experience. Walk amongst bright pink, yellow and orange Tecolote Giant Ranunculus flowers (yes, I had to look up the name!), which have been cultivated here for over 85 years, originally planted by early settlers in the 1920’s.

5 Reasons I Love Carlsbad

It’s a great place to take photos

Hop on a wagon ride to take in all the scenery and opt for a floral selfie as a modern keepsake with a classic backdrop.

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Avatar of Pegah Aarabi

After obtaining her Honors B.A. and postgraduate journalism degree, Pegah has written and researched for a variety of magazines and newspapers, with celebrities, fashion and travel being her topics of choice. Now settled in Toronto, she has lived in many corners of the world, including the U.S., Switzerland, and Japan. In her spare time, she divides her love unevenly between her poodle, chocolates and shopping.

Reader Discussion: 49 Comments

  1. Avatar of Sofia Lavine

    If this article is true, This may be a safeheaven from these 2 crowded places. Sure LA is big and all, But it is so crowded! Too much people walking around. I hate crowds! maybe this place will be a good vacation spot for me.

  2. Avatar of gabby summers

    gabby summers

    So it’s almost San Diego but not quite, Almost LA but not quite. Sounds good to me 😀 best of both locations without the people.

  3. Avatar of Ashley Thompson

    Even though I was there during the height of Summer, I never felt more welcome there, when I could go down to Carlsbad Village and just walk around. It was a lovely spot to find a place to eat and get a few drinks and look out at the ocean.

  4. Avatar of Hannah S

    Hannah S

    Seriously? I thought I’d been all over Cali… but I’ve never even heard of Carlsbad… now I’ll have to go check it out. Those flower fields are just waiting for me to orchestrate a glam photoshoot there 🙂

  5. Avatar of Delilah Peyton

    Delilah Peyton

    Thanks for sharing your travel experiences of Carlsbad. Great work! Really enjoyed it. Looking forward to see more and more new reviews about places I haven’t been to.

  6. Avatar of Michelle Hewitt

    What a gorgeous place! It would be fantastic if I could visit this summer. I’m gonna try and make time for it. 🙂

  7. Avatar of Diana Hewitt

    Diana Hewitt

    Wow… I’m so tempted to call and book but I already have other plans for next month. 🙁 I guess another time then. Great post btw!

  8. Avatar of Amelia Beckons

    Amelia Beckons

    Thank you for this wonderful article, and great tips about Carlsbad, if I visit -I hope I will – I remember the things you mentioned here! 🙂

  9. Avatar of Ayla Pennington

    Ayla Pennington

    These are all the best reasons to love a town! I can see why you’re so stunned by it. I would be too. I hope I visit one day.

  10. Avatar of Lena Dzeko

    Lena Dzeko

    Fabulous piece! Very well done. As far as I see from your article, I know I’d really enjoy my time there if I visited.

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