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Carlsbad, CA Area Guide

Carlsbad is located in San Diego County, California and is a seaside resort city. Carlsbad was incorporated in 1952 and today is one of the highest-income places in the country, with a population of 104,652 as of the 2009 census. Carlsbad is one of the first areas in the State of California to draft ordinances to protect sensitive wildlife habitat. The city has also pledged to protect a specified amount of land within the city limits from development of any kind and spends significant funds to restore habitats destroyed by newer development projects.

The city itself is located between San Diego and Los Angeles and its coastal location, scenic beauty, low population density, thriving commercial sector, abundance of upscale housing, and high performing school districts have made Carlsbad one of the most expensive housing markets in the United States. Real estate commands prices high even by Southern California standards, with median home prices in the $1,000,000’s in 2007.


The City of Carlsbad is named for a famed 19 th century spa in Europe, yet its history reflects the heritage of many cultures. The area known today as Carlsbad was claimed as a territory by Spain and then by Mexico before becoming a part of the United States. The shoreline of Carlsbad’s coastal lagoon was home to the indigenous Luiseno and Diegueños Indians for centuries before the arrival of the Spaniards.

1769 — The Spaniards’ arrival

Dispatched by the king of Spain, Conquistador Don Gaspar de Portola and Franciscan priest Juan Crespi arrived in Alta California. Blazing the trail now known as El Camino Real, the troops camped upwind from an old fishing village, which inspired them to christen the lagoon: Agua Hedionda or Stinking Water.

1798 — Mission San Luis Rey

Spain maintained its remote territory of California by establishing missions and pueblos for its converts. Mission San Luis Rey was founded 10 miles north of Agua Hedionda lagoon in 1798.

The Franciscans finally lost their hold over the locals five years after Mexico won its independence from Spain in 1821. In 1833, the wealthy mission holdings were secularized and grants were made available from the Mexican government. Although the land grants were to be distributed to all, it was the influential Californios, second-generation Hispanics, who laid claim to the majority of the land.

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Carlsbad , CA Attractions & Activities

LEGOLAND ® California brings out the hero in everyone. There are more than 50 super rides, shows and attractions for the whole family. HEROES WANTED.

Sea Life Aquarium
SEA LIFE TM is designed to be a child’s first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active, hands-on learning with fascinating educational talks, and opportunities to have up close and personal encounters with a variety of sea creatures. A visit to SEA LIFE is an experience like no other!

Carlsbad Lagoon
Welcome to our paradise of watersports activities. We offer calm, uncrowded water with private areas for operation. Also on premises is So Cal’s premier Wakeboard & Waterski shop, Wakesports Unlimited.

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Carlsbad , CA Events

Carlsbad Village Street Faire
The Carlsbad Village Street Faire is hosted by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce and is the largest one-day street fair in California. The event hosts food, pancake breakfast, vendors, live music, a beer garden, and kid’s activities.

Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament
Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament gives all proceeds to Partners in Education Foundation for local schools

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Parks and Recreation

Parks are integral to Carlsbad’s quality of life. With more than 26 parks with a range of amenities located throughout the city, visitors are sure to find something for everyone. The department also manages operations of several recreational facilities, including two community centers with gymnasiums, Senior Center and pool.

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