The San Diego region in many ways is defined by our relationship with the ocean. It’s our front yard and a beautiful playground for families and visitors - Scott Peters
The Best Thing About Carlsbad?
Family Beach Town
Yes, Carlsbad is home to LegoLand but before that, it was known as a quaint, sleepy beach village on sea cliffs and sloping sandy beaches surrounded by golf courses and easy access to Del Mar, San Diego and La Jolla (including by train) with low crime. The schools are excellent and the homes beautiful which means if you’re a family and have the resources to buy (or rent) a home, and want to live in in one of the most beautiful beach towns on the west coast then Carlsbad should be on your short list.
The Worst Thing About Carlsbad?
There is a heavy duty influx of tourists in the summer and the bucolic town you loved for 9 months becomes pretty crazy until fall. If you dislike crowds just avoid the beaches and downtown for a few months till they clear out in the fall.
Lifestyle of Carlsbad
Carlsbad is an exurb of San Diego where master-planned suburbs climb up into the hills overlooking the waterfront with a mix of beachy locals, well off second home retirees, young families and tourists. Everyone loves The Village (a block from the beach) with street tacos to gastropubs to fine dining and karaoke. The local scenery includes a huge flower field and strawberry fields for picking in the spring. Carlsbad is an upscale suburban scene that rolls down to lovely California beaches (Ponto State Beach, Carlsbad State Beach and a beach called Warm Waters.) Beyond all that, Carlsbad is the Golf Capital of Southern California; people really like golf here and there are a lot of opportunities to play; both high-priced and cheap.
Schools in Carlsbad
Carlsbad is a top-rated public school district and scores and A+ on niche.com. It comprises 9 elementary schools that feed into three middle schools, and two high schools. All the schools perform well but the high schools in particular are strong with Sage Creek and Carlsbad High both ranking up to A+ on niche.com.
Why You Should Move Here Now?
It’s hard to quibble with year-round sunshine, beautiful beaches, great schools and a quaint village. Suburban homes/yards and amenities combined with a beach town vibe is hard to resist.