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Barrel Republic

A self-pour beer bar with over 52 craft beers and 6 wines on tap.

Blue Ocean Robata & Sushi

From specialty rolls and robata-grilled skewers to an impressive drink list and their very own poke shop next door, Blue Ocean makes for a lively dining experience.

Café Topes

Voted Best Breakfast in Carlsbad. Be sure to get your paws on one of their famous cinnamon rolls, they sell out every day.

Campfire

Campfire boasts of a ‘return to the origins of cooking and hospitality.’ And with unique cocktails, lively ambiance and a diverse menu, this stop has quickly become a local favorite.

Carruth Cellars Urban Winery & Tasting Room

An urban winery with a knowledgeable staff specializing in California style wines.

Cream of the Crop

Our favorite local natural foods market has been family owned and operated for 25+ years. Offering everything from kombucha and vitamins to deli sandwiches and vegan snacks.

Dija Mara

Explore innovative Indonesian cusine (with a Vegan menu!) and exceptional drinks at Oceanside's intimate Dija Mara, a staff favorite.

Flying Pig Pub & Kitchen

The self-proclaimed “original” farm-to-table pub in North County and proudly committed to community and environment. Locals rave about this rustic hotpot featuring artisanal cuisine, handmade pasta and a cozy ambiance.

Park101

A multi-level complex featuring a Garden Pub with 32 local beer and wine on tap, the Tamarack View Deck with fire pits and gourmet snacks, Park 101 signature Barbeque in the pit or the convenience of a grab-and-go Market with handmade doughnuts.

Steady State Roasting

A small batch, highly skilled coffee roaster tucked away within a creative space shared with fellow artists and makers.

Urge Gastropub & Whiskey Bank

Serving up the comfort of Coastal American Classics paired with an extensive beer list and an even more extensive selection of the world’s finest Whiskeys.

West Steak and Seafood

An intimate farm-to-table fine dining experience and recipient of Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence.

Wrench & Rodent Seabasstropub

An inventive and non-traditional spin on locally sourced and sustainable seafood in a snug, retro space.

Yoshino Japanese Deli

This family-owned Japanese Deli was ranked among the “Top 100 Places to Eat in the U.S.” by Yelp in 2016. Get there early because doors close once their daily assortment of poke bowls and sushi are gone.

Alga Norte Skate Park

Did you know that Carlsbad was home to the first skate park in the world? Not to mention legendary skaters Tony Hawk and Shaun White. Grab a board and check out this park, complete with a bowl, rails and lots of space.

California Surf Museum

Explore the vibrant history, culture and lifestyle of Southern California’s most popular pastime.

Legoland California

A wonderland for families with over 60 rides, shows and attractions!

Legoland Water Park

Build your own raft, experience a splash safari or zip down water slides at Legoland’s popular Water Park.

Museum of Making Music

A unique museum experience with live performances, educational programs and interactive exhibits highlighting instruments and sound.

Oceanside Museum of Art

A premier leader of contemporary arts and culture in San Diego County.

San Diego Botanic Garden

Stroll through 37 acres of botanical gardens featuring over 4,000 plant species and 29 themed gardens.

Sea Life Aquarium

Marvel at life underwater with interactive experiences and stunning sea creatures.

The Flower Fields

Tour over 50 acres of brilliant flowers in a glorious springtime display of rainbow colors and designs.

Chopra Center

Discover the power of Ayurvedic massage, the art of meditation or the practice of yoga at Deepak Chopra’s acclaimed Center.

Golf

North San Diego County features over 40 diverse golf courses. From the coastal Encinitas Ranch Golf Course to the Arnold Palmer-designed Aviara Golf Club, there is something for golfers of all abilities to enjoy.

The Carlsbad Premium Outlets

Save 25% to 65% off at any of the 90+ designer and name-brand stores including Coach, Michael Kors, Nike and Barneys New York.

The Forum Carlsbad

Reminiscent of old world charm, The Forum offers an elite shopping experience with merchants like Apple, Free People, Jos. A. Bank and lululemon athletica among award-winning landscape and delicious eats in an outdoor shopping space.

Carlsbad Beaches

Carlsbad offers several unique beaches across its 7 pristine miles of coastline. Whether you’re prowling for the best surf break, an active game of sand volleyball, birdwatching or just a sandy spot to relax, there is destined to be a beach that is perfect for you.

Carlsbad Village

Charming and bustling with energy, historic Carlsbad Village features 70+ restaurants and shops, miles of serene boardwalk and just so happens to be within walking distance of The Beach Terrace Inn.

Encinitas

Our neighbor to the South, Encinitas, is one of the best surfing cities in the world and home to a quintessential SoCal surfer vibe. Meditation gardens, famous surf breaks, spectacular views and an energetic downtown scene make this a beloved neighborhood.

Farmers' Markets

Coastal San Diego County offers a variety of weekly certified Farmers' Markets featuring fresh, locally sourced products.

  • Wednesdays in Carlsbad between 1-5p
  • Thursdays in Oceanside between 9a-1p and then again from 5p-9p
  • Saturdays in La Costa between 10a-2p
  • Sundays in Encinitas between 10a-2p

Oceanside

Our neighbor to the North, Oceanside, is an authentic beach town and home to 9 craft breweries, summer outdoor concerts, one famous pier, professional surf competitions and an up-and-coming culinary scene.

Raw Skin Surf Shack

Set up surf lessons, rent a surfboard and wetsuit or borrow a bicycle for the week as you explore our local scene.

The Trail at Batiquitos Lagoon

Walk along one of the few remaining tidal wetlands in SoCal and a popular habitat for bird watching, fishing and walking.

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Park

A 2,000 acre natural reserve with winding trails, miles of beaches, intertidal lagoons and sandstone bluffs.