The seaside town of Carlsbad, California, combines European village charm and a Main Street vibe with a world-class business environment, top-rated schools and nearly seven miles of uncrowded beaches in San Diego’s beautiful North County.
With a near-perfect Mediterranean climate year round, residents enjoy endless outdoor activities, some of the country’s best surf spots, lagoons for fishing, bird watching and nature trail hikes, and an ongoing city commitment to open space reserves. Carlsbad is home to the LEGOLAND® California theme park – the first of its kind outside of Europe; the first modern skateboard park, built in 1976; the famous Carlsbad Flower Fields; two world-class resorts; and has become the golf capital of the world and headquarters to both Callaway Golf and Titleist Golf.
The Coaster commuter train stops in Carlsbad, transporting passengers to downtown San Diego and back free of traffic. The city also has a convenient bus service and the busiest single-runway airport in the nation.
Affectionately known as the “village by the sea”, downtown Carlsbad is a walking town lined with antique stores, boutique shops and sidewalk cafés with seasonal street fairs, farmers’ markets and art walks.
With just 103,000 residents within its 42 square miles, Carlsbad maintains a friendly small-town atmosphere with big-city amenities. The city’s award-winning growth management plan calls for a combination of residential, commercial and industrial growth over a 30-year period to ensure that community amenities and city services continue to be available to residents.
Fortune Magazine said, “An affordable California dream lifestyle is still available in about one place: Carlsbad”, and dubbed the city as one of the nation’s five best places to retire due to the high quality of life. Yet Carlsbad retains a relatively young population, with a median age of 32, and 78 percent of its residents under age 55.