Carlsbad is a thriving California city of about 95,000 people, located 35 miles north of San Diego on the Pacific coast. The city is named after Karlsbad, a European spa town in the Czech Republic, because mineral springs found here in the 1880s were believed to have the same healing properties as the Bohemian waters. Carlsbad, which was officially incorporated in 1952, became a charter city in 2008, which means it adheres to both California state law and its own set of governing laws.
This stable, wealthy coastal community has a median household income of $82,009. Mild temperatures enable residents to enjoy the stunning beaches, lagoons, and nearby mountains year-round.
NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS
- Carlsbad Village is a revitalized downtown area made up of many Teutonic-style structures in honor of the connection to its Bohemian namesake. Highly walkable, this area boasts fine restaurants, art galleries, theater, and a farmers' market.
- The Barrio is a traditionally Latino neighborhood located just south of Carlsbad Village, west of Interstate 5. Latino immigrants settled into this area at the turn of the 20th century. The housing stock is mainly small, single-story homes, and Latino markets dot the streets. The neighborhood celebrates its heritage with the popular Fiesta Del Barrio in September.
- La Costa was a separate community annexed by Carlsbad in 1972. It is famous for the La Costa Resort and Spa that draws visitors from around the world for golf and relaxation. It is also home to a wellness center founded by Deepak Chopra. Close to the beach, this southeastern part of the city boasts homes with stunning views of the Batiquitos Lagoon and the Pacific Ocean.
- Olde Carlsbad is the original area of Carlsbad, located on the northwest side of the city. Residential lots here tend to be larger, and the housing stock is diverse in its size. Olde Carlsbad contains the Hosp Grove, an area full of eucalyptus trees and hiking trails, and it is near the Buena Vista Lagoon.
- Calavera Hills is a planned community on the northeast side. Single-family homes and condominiums make up this primarily residential area. Neighborhood parks and the Calavera Nature Preserve provide ample opportunities for outdoor recreation. The Aqua Hedionda Lagoon is about a half-mile west of the development.
- Aviara is a resort area on the south side with ocean and lagoon views. The well-known Four Seasons resort in Aviara has an Arnold Palmer-designed golf course.
Many other residential developments provide a wide array of housing options throughout the city.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES
Carlsbad is home to the headquarters of many health, wellness, and sporting companies, including Jenny Craig, Jazzercise, Callaway Golf, K2, Isis Pharmaceuticals, Invitrogen, and Sunrise Medical. Due to Carlsbad's tourism industry, about 20 golf companies do business in town.
The agricultural heritage of Carlsbad is still evident in its numerous flower and strawberry fields.
Outdoor activities are abundant in Carlsbad, which boasts two state beaches: Carlsbad State Beach and South Carlsbad State Beach. Each has ample opportunities for swimming, surfing, and fishing. South Carlsbad State Beach also has a campground. Three lagoons, Agua Hedionda, Batiquitos, and Buena Vista, also provide space for a wealth of outdoor activities.
The city is planning to construct a thirty-two acre park and aquatic center complex on the southeast side. Once completed, the park will feature ball fields, a dog park, a skate park, basketball half-courts, hiking trails, and an aquatic center with an Olympic-sized pool.
Golfers also enjoy playing on a number of courses throughout the city.
- Legoland theme park features six play areas spread out over 128 acres. They allow children and adults to explore, play, and build.
- Carlsbad Premium Outlets, a shopping mall with 90 stores, draws bargain-hunters from around the area.
- The NAMM Foundation's Museum of Making Music explores the American music industry through exhibits, workshops, and concerts.
- The Carlsbad Sculpture Garden behind the Cultural Arts Office features rotating sculpture exhibits.
- Artsplash, a festival featuring chalk art, is held every September.
- Fiesta Del Barrio, celebrating the Barrio's Latino heritage, is held every September.
- Oktoberfest is held every October.
- National University has a campus in Carlsbad.
- MiraCosta College, a two-year institution, is located in neighboring Oceanside.
- Nearby San Diego also has a number of colleges and universities, including University of California at San Diego and San Diego State University.
Sports fans root for nearby San Diego's professional teams:
- Baseball: San Diego Padres
- Football: San Diego Chargers
Carlsbad is in the San Diego media market, and the city has no TV or radio stations of its own. The city's residents get their news from two area newspapers:
- North County Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune, both of which cover Carlsbad.