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…


Carlsbad Village Dining

The heart of Carlsbad is Carlsbad Village, with dozens of shops and restaurants for locals and tourists to indulge in. It’s the ideal dining option because there’s literally something for everyone: Italian, seafood, Mediterranean, and my pick – vegetarian.

5 Reasons I Love Carlsbad

Carlsbad Village is home to lots of shops and restaurants

It’s not easy to find exciting vegan or vegetarian options at home, let alone while travelling, but Naked Cafe came highly recommended. The trendy spot has a laid-back California surfer vibe, with real (and real tasty!) food options.

5 Reasons I Love Carlsbad

Try Naked Cafe’s Pumpkin Spice Latte

It’s the perfect place for breakfast with yummy but healthy options like a coconut french toast or fuzzy monkey pancake (banana and granola!). If you just want to stop in for a quick treat, I’d go for their unique and deeelish pumpkin spice latte, made with real mulled spices and espresso. My mouth is watering just reminiscing about it! They also have made-to-order sandwiches (where you pick your spread and toppings), and homemade style soups. Whether you’re a vegan or not, you’ll find new tastes to love at this local cafe.

Bonus Tip: If you’re travelling with kids, make sure to visit Legoland California — a fun lego-themed amusement park in Carlsbad. Inside there’s a Lego zoo, lots of rides, a castle playground, as well as water park and aquarium options.

Taking in the sights and flavors of Carlsbad, I was left with a feeling of deep tranquility. It’s that California feeling everyone talks about, and Carlsbad definitely has it.

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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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