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Make like the great and the good with a Carlsbad vacation

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

Carlsbad is the coolest kid on the (Lego) block

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.


In Carlsbad, the sky's the limit—literally

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.


Carlsbad is a vacation rental for all seasons

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.

Where to stay around Carlsbad?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,530 vacation rentals near Carlsbad. From 953 Houses to 1,050 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Carlsbad for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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: 298 vacation rentals
  • La Costa: 82 vacation rentals
  • Aviara: 170 vacation rentals
  • Olde Carlsbad: 387 vacation rentals
  • La Costa: 37 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Carlsbad?

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

  • Legoland California: 1,668 vacation rentals
  • Flower Fields of Carlsbad: 2,772 vacation rentals
  • Carlsbad Village Station: 2,606 vacation rentals
  • Aviara Golf Club: 3,220 vacation rentals
  • Carlsbad Premium Outlets: 2,737 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Carlsbad listed on HomeAway 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. HomeAway has 953 Houses in Carlsbad. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Carlsbad include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 1,050 rentals available
  • Villas: 62 rentals available
  • Cottages: 85 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 1,094 vacation rentals with pool available in Carlsbad. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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