Incredible Carlsbad Beaches

By Terry Hunefeld

Known as The Village by the Sea, Carlsbad has beautiful sandy beaches, three unique lagoons, two luxurious resorts, outstanding shopping and world class sporting events.

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.

Batiquitos Lagoon is a coastal wetland north of San Diego. It is one of the few remaining tidal wetlands on the southern California coast of the United States. The area is run by the California Department of Fish and Game as a nature reserve.

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.

A popular attraction is the Flower Fields. On an incredibly beautiful site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of thousands of brilliant colored blossoms adorn the hillsides from March through May every year. The sight is so absolutely mesmerizing that tens of thousands of flower lovers tour the fields each spring to walk among the flowers.

Hotels and inns are represented by all the big chains including the Hilton. Regal Eight, Howard Johnson's and The Inn. You'll also find romantic bed and breakfasts.

Carlsbad has its share of upscale resorts as well. These resorts are wonderful, albeit expensive. Vacation condos available for weekly vacation rentals also have a resort flavor. A very prestigious and well-known upscale resort is La Costa Resort and Spa. The ambiance of this resort surrounds you from the moment you enter the gates. The grounds and facility are lovely and picturesque, the beauty and leisurely charm of Southern California enveloping you. Regarded as one of the finest resorts in the world, La Costa guests enjoy a dazzling spa, a world-class golf course, informal sophistication and extraordinary service.

For more information visit Carlsbad Hotels.

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