On March 1st, The Flower Fields are back! Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Southern California, the flower fields of Carlsbad emerge like a vibrant tapestry, painting the landscape with an array of colors and fragrances. Spread over fifty acres, this botanical wonderland of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers is a testament to nature’s artistry and are in bloom for about six to eight weeks every year. Here is everything you need to know before your visit.
A Floral Symphony
Every spring, Carlsbad’s flower fields burst into life, transforming the rolling hills into a kaleidoscope of vibrant pink, red, orange, yellow and white. This year’s theme is “Spring into Color”. As you wander through the fields, you’re greeted by rows upon rows of meticulously planted flowers, each variety contributing to the symphony of hues that dance in the gentle breeze.
Visitors will be able to enjoy live outdoor music, local circus and theater group performances among other experiences like the American Flag of Flowers, Tractor Wagon Ride featuring brand new tractors, Artist Gardens & Aviaries, a Sweet Pea Maze and Cymbidium Orchid Greenhouse. This year, the crowd favorite blueberry picking will return along with the debut of the Sea of Sunflowers in April or May.
Location and Time
The fields will be open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March 1 until May 12, according to its website.
The Flower Fields is located at 5704 Paseo Del Norte, Carlsbad, CA, 92008. Parking is free.
How To Buy Tickets
Single-ticket admission is $23 for adults, $21 for seniors 60+ and military, $14 for children ages 3 through 10, and free for children under three.
Season passes are available for $48 for adults, $44 for seniors and military, $28 for children and free for children under three.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Food Available For Purchase
There is a number of different options for snacks and drinks. Lemonade, coffee, Strawberry Shack, cotton candy, ice cream, and popcorn are available along with a pizza and taco trolley for lunch. Picnic tables are on site.
For the 2024 season, there will be events like Sunset Wine Tasting and Music, Flower Flow Yoga, Spring Succulent Workshop, Tea in the Garden and Meditation and Sound Healing Workshop.
For this year’s activity calendar, click here.
So, whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a curious wanderer, make your way to the flower fields of Carlsbad and experience the wonder for yourself. Amidst the blossoms and the butterflies, you may just find a piece of paradise waiting to be discovered.
Dreaming of catching the perfect wave while surrounded by the soothing sounds of the ocean? Look no further than an oceanfront vacation rental for your next surf trip. Picture yourself waking up to the gentle rhythm of the waves, stepping outside your door, taking your private staircase down to the ocean and diving into the invigorating waters for an unforgettable surfing experience. In this spotlight blog post, we’ll dive into why renting Shore Drive in Carlsbad is the ultimate choice for surf enthusiasts seeking adventure and relaxation.
A Coastal Sanctuary
Shore Drive boasts three bedrooms and three bathrooms, ensuring ample space for relaxation and rejuvenation. The ocean-facing side of the home features expansive wall-to-wall windows, providing guests with breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Forget about long commutes to the beach or hauling cumbersome gear across town. With an oceanfront vacation rental, convenience is key. Enjoy the luxury of stepping directly onto the sand from your doorstep, eliminating the hassle of transportation and allowing more time for surfing and relaxation. Plus, Shore Drive offers convenient amenities such as an outdoor shower, equipment storage in the garage, and beachfront lounging areas, ensuring a seamless surfing experience from start to finish.
Embrace the Surf Culture
Renting an oceanfront vacation rental immerses you in the heart of surf culture. From your doorstep to the shoreline, you’ll be surrounded by fellow surfers and enthusiasts who share your passion for riding the waves. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a beginner eager to learn, the vibrant surf community offers camaraderie and support, making every moment on the water a memorable one.
If you are in need of a surf lesson, look no further than Enjoy The Ride Surf School. For a first-time beginner or a seasoned intermediate, Enjoy The Ride Surf School has the experience and skills to help anyone progress and have an amazing surfing experience. Mention that you are a Haustay guest and receive 15%.
Relish That Private Beach Entrance
There’s something truly magical about surfing against the backdrop of an endless horizon. Shore Drive allows you to immerse yourself in nature’s playground, where the ocean becomes your canvas and the waves your playground. Spend your days chasing swells, perfecting your technique, and experiencing the exhilarating thrill of riding the perfect wave. Whether you prefer sunrise sessions or sunset surfs, the oceanfront setting offers unparalleled beauty and serenity that will leave you breathless. If you are in need of surf rentals, reach out to SoCal Surf Lessons. Mention that you are a Haustay guest for 10% off.
Relax & Unwind
After a day of surfing and exploration, retreat to your oceanfront patio for some well-deserved relaxation. Indulge in panoramic ocean views, soothing sea breezes, and the comforting sound of crashing waves as you unwind from the day’s adventures. Whether you’re lounging on the balcony by the fire pit with a cold drink in hand or sinking into plush furnishings with loved ones by your side, the oceanfront rental provides the perfect backdrop for rest and rejuvenation.
If You Want To Hit The Town
If you’re looking to hit the town in Carlsbad Village, there are plenty of things you can do! Read on for some suggestions that are close to Shore Drive.
- Coffee: Revolution Roasters is a specialty coffee shop with scratch-made pastries and food. They roast their coffees weekly and make all of their sauces and syrups from scratch.
- Breakfast/Brunch: Located one block from Carlsbad Village Drive, Café Topes provides a warm and friendly atmosphere along with classic breakfasts with a twist.
Try the Crack & Eggs – A buttered English muffin piled with cuts of the local Seaside Market’s “Cardiff crack” a tumbled Burgundy tri-tip cooked to your favorite temp, a hot poached egg resting on top and blanketed in hollandaise. And of course, the cinnamon roll is a local favorite. Ordering it “dirty” is going to double the icing.
- Lunch: Known for its simple, straightforward menu and consistent everyday value, Board & Brew serves real ingredients that are delivered fresh daily. No preservatives, no substitutes, no frozen meats – just pure, healthy deliciousness. This is a great place to grab sandwiches to take to the beach.
- Brews: Located in the heart of Carlsbad Village on bustling State Street, Pure Project has it all. From on-site aging in oak barrels, to west-facing views and even an open-air patio with our Hong Kong Orchid tree lending a distinctly tropical “Biergarten” vibe. Specifically designed to make you feel like you are sitting on a large porch whether sitting inside or out, the 5 roll-up doors open the space to invite the bustling activity in.
- Dinner: Campfire is a buzzy indoor/outdoor locale serving wood-fired American fare & cocktails amid camping decor. Be sure to try the charred broccoli and you have to get the s’mores for dessert, which is fun for the kiddos as you get to roast your own marshmallows.
Renting an oceanfront vacation rental like Shore Drive for your surf trip offers an unbeatable combination of adventure, convenience, and relaxation. Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping waves or tranquil moments by the sea, the oceanfront setting promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you longing to return. So pack your board, grab your sunscreen, and embark on the ultimate surf adventure of a lifetime. The waves are calling—are you ready to answer?
Are you ready for an unforgettable getaway? Look no further than Aqua Vibes—a vibrant oasis where relaxation meets adventure! In this spotlight blog post, we’ll dive into Aqua Vibes – a vacation rental home nestled in a serene Carlsbad neighborhood promising an exhilarating escape for families and friends seeking the ultimate vacation experience.
Step into the five-star backyard and prepare to be amazed. Whether you’re craving a refreshing dip in the pool, a soothing soak in the hot tub, or a lively game of cornhole on the lush grass, we’ve got you covered. The outdoor amenities are tailor-made for creating cherished memories and enjoying quality time with loved ones.
But that’s just the beginning! As the aroma of sizzling barbecue fills the air, head over to our outdoor dining area and indulge in mouthwatering meals prepared on the grill. With Aqua Vibes, every meal becomes a culinary celebration under the open sky.
Inside, discover a world of luxury and comfort awaiting you. Aqua Vibes boasts three spacious bedrooms and three pristine bathrooms, ensuring ample space for everyone to unwind and rejuvenate. And let’s not forget about the heart of the home—the kitchen. Prepare to be dazzled by our high-end culinary haven featuring top-of-the-line appliances, including a Wolf range and Sub Zero fridge. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a culinary enthusiast, our kitchen is sure to ignite your passion for cooking.
A fun feature of the home is the garage game room with a ping pong table, video game system and a wall-mounted TV.
Welcome to Carlsbad
Nestled along the stunning coastline of Southern California lies the enchanting city of Carlsbad. Renowned for its pristine beaches, charming Village atmosphere, and an array of attractions, Carlsbad is a dream destination for travelers seeking relaxation and adventure alike. Carlsbad Village, is a vibrant downtown area brimming with eclectic shops, delightful eateries, and captivating art galleries. The laid-back ambiance and friendly locals will instantly make you feel at home as you wander through the bustling streets, soaking in the sights and sounds of this charming community.
Time For Beer and Tacos
Local beer is big here. Be sure to make a stop for a taste of some locally made ales. Located in the heart of Carlsbad Village on bustling State Street, Pure Project has it all. Specifically designed to make you feel like you are sitting on a large porch whether sitting inside or out, the 5 roll-up doors open the space to invite the bustling activity in. They offer some murky IPAs, traditional ales, West coast IPAs, barrel aged beers, fruit forward beers, smoothie style beers, and even a collaboration with Handel’s next door. Weekly new beer releases keep things fresh.
Don’t forget to eat! Head across the way to Puretaco. Their mission is to deliver a twist to the standardized taco and globalize their hand-pressed tortillas with influence from cultures around the world like their Green Curry Shrimp and Pho Beef tacos. The atmosphere is super fun and upbeat. Try the Paloma, TJ Ceasar, and green curry shrimp burrito.
Check Out The Breathtaking Beaches
No trip to Carlsbad would be complete without a visit to its world-class beaches. From the serene shores of Tamarack Beach to the iconic Carlsbad State Beach, each stretch of coastline offers its own unique allure. Spend blissful days basking in the warm California sun, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, and building sandcastles with loved ones. The breathtaking sunsets painting the sky in hues of orange and pink area sight to behold.
Family Friendly Fun
Carlsbad is a paradise for families, offering a plethora of activities sure to delight visitors of all ages. Only 4 miles away from Aqua Vibes is LEGOLAND California Resort, where imagination comes to life in the form of colorful LEGO bricks. From thrilling rides and interactive exhibits to enchanting shows and elaborate LEGO sculptures, the park ignites the childlike wonder within all of us and creates memories that will last a lifetime.
Indulge In The Culinary Scene
No vacation would be complete without indulging in the local culinary scene, and Carlsbad certainly does not disappoint. From fresh seafood and farm-to-table fare to international cuisine from around the globe, the city’s diverse dining options cater to every palate and preference. Whether savoring a gourmet meal overlooking the ocean or enjoying a casual picnic in the park, each culinary experience is a delicious celebration of the region’s culinary heritage.
Campfire opened in 2016 and changed Carlsbad’s dining scene. Local ingredients are the feature of this unique restaurant in the heart of downtown Carlsbad Village. Serving American fare and cocktails amid camping décor, Campfire earned Bib Gourmand status from the Michelin Guide in 2019. We love the cozy vibe of the rustic camp-fire themed décor with picnic table seating, lanterns, baskets, fishing gear, and even a teepee tent set up outdoors.
Be sure to try the Almost Home cocktail, the broccoli and of course the s’mores.
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So why wait? Pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and embark on a journey to Aqua Vibes—a haven where laughter echoes, memories are made, and fun knows no bounds. Experience the magic of Aqua Vibes and make your vacation dreams a reality!
Book your stay today and prepare to dive into the adventure of a lifetime at Aqua Vibes Vacation Rental!
Escape to the sun-soaked shores of Encinitas, where the salty breeze meets the golden sands, and the vibrant coastal town invites you to experience the ultimate getaway. In this spotlight blog post, we’ll explore the allure of Grandview Getaway – a vacation rental in Encinitas, offering an insider’s guide to the perfect beachy retreat.
Upon your arrival into the City, you’ll find why this is a popular vacation designation. Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Southern California, Encinitas is a hidden gem known for its laid-back atmosphere, eclectic neighborhoods, and stunning beaches. Whether you’re a surfing enthusiast, a nature lover, or someone seeking a peaceful escape, Encinitas has something for everyone.
Choosing The Right Vacation Rental
Selecting the ideal vacation rental sets the tone for an unforgettable stay. If you booked your stay at Grandview Getaway, be prepared to be thoroughly impressed. This stunning 4-bedroom, 2.5-bathroom, named after the nearby Grandview Surf Beach, is a truly opulent getaway. Enjoy conversations with friends and family at the outdoor firepit. Share a meal on the outdoor dining table during sunset, or just get cozy indoors by the fireplace. Grandview Getaway has everything you need and the interior was immaculately designed by San Diego luxury homes interior designer Lori Gentile. This truly is the perfect location for a family vacation or a larger group of adults. If you are arriving by electric vehicle, there is an EV charger in the garage for guest use.
Time To Live Like A Local
One of the unique aspects of choosing a vacation rental in Encinitas is the opportunity to live like a local. Explore the town’s distinct neighborhoods, each with its own personality and charm. Encinitas is renowned for its thriving arts scene, boutique shops, and diverse dining options. Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture as you stroll through the historic downtown area or attend a local event.
Time For Dinner
Less than two miles away, and a favorite among locals, is Buona Forcetta. This quaint Italian restaurant blends award winning Neapolitan-style pizzas and Northern Italian upscale entrees in a family-friendly, approachable atmosphere. The Encinitas location boasts a indoor seating as well as an outside patio and a small room for private events. Inside, a gilded oven churns out classic creations, while the main kitchen serves up chef-driven pastas and entrée dishes. And for any vegan folks, vegan pizza is hard to get right, but they have it figured out. Be sure to make a reservation as it can get very crowded especially on the weekends.
Encinitas is synonymous with beautiful beaches, and Grandview Getaway provides a front-row seat to the mesmerizing Pacific Ocean. Spend your days sunbathing on the sandy shores of Grandview Surf Beach, catching the perfect wave, or simply enjoying a leisurely beachfront stroll. As the sun sets over the horizon, retreat to your vacation rental, where you can continue to savor the coastal views and ocean breeze.
If You Seek Outdoor Adventures
Beyond the beaches, Encinitas offers a plethora of outdoor activities for the adventurous traveler. Hike along the scenic trails of the nearby San Elijo Lagoon, explore the vibrant gardens at the Self-Realization Fellowship Fellowship, or embark on a kayaking adventure in the Pacific. Your vacation rental serves as the perfect home base for these exciting excursions.
Relaxation and Rejuvenation
Vacations are meant for relaxation, and Grandview Getaway ensures a stress-free escape. Unwind by the fire pit, lounge in a cozy reading nook, or savor a glass of wine on your ocean-view balcony. Embrace the laid-back lifestyle of Encinitas as you recharge and rejuvenate in the comfort of your home away from home.
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A vacation rental in Encinitas is not just accommodation; it’s an invitation to experience the true essence of coastal living. Whether you seek adventure, relaxation, or a bit of both, Encinitas welcomes you with open arms. Book your getaway, and let the sun, sea, and serenity of Encinitas create memories that last a lifetime. Don’t forget to book direct with Haustay and save up to 17% on your stay.
Whether you’re coming for the day, weekend or longer, Catalina Island is a great place to escape for the day or the weekend. Getting there is an adventure all its own with a ferry or helicopter ride across beautiful southern California waters.
From shopping to thrilling adventures on a zip line or paddle board, Catalina Island is brimming with activities and things to do. Unwind at the end of the day with a meal at one of the many restaurants. We have gathered all of the info you need on the Island and activities to try on your visit.
Catalina Island was purchased in 1887 by George Shatto, a real estate developer. He was the first to ambitiously pursue the task of turning Catalina Island into a resort destination and he was right! He developed Avalon as a resort island destination.
The island also served as a location for the early days of Hollywood movies. One of the movies filmed in the 1920’s (The Vanishing American) brought 14 bison to the island and left them there. Today there are about 150 bison in the island’s interior which is one of the many attractions.
It takes only one hour via a high-speed ferry to get you to the Island and two companies offer boat transportation from the Southern California cities of Long Beach, San Pedro, Dana Point, and Newport Beach to both Avalon and Two Harbors.
There is also an option to take a helicopter from Long Beach to Catalina with a 15 minute flight time.
Avalon is located around the stunning Avalon Bay on the southeast end of the island.
A popular, charming, and historic destination for over a century, Avalon offers numerous hotels, restaurants, beaches, spa experiences, land & ocean adventures, a golf course, and a host of recreational activities for visitors to enjoy.
One of the first things you can do when you arrive is a walk through the scenic walkway on Crescent Ave, the main street or Front Street as locals call it, that holds these architectural elements like the Serpentine Wall and Wrigley Fountain adorned with authentic Catalina tile that you can’t miss.
You will also find many of the town’s beaches, shops, and restaurants along the Ave.
Two Harbors is Catalina’s other side, located at the west end and around 22 miles from the Southern California mainland.
To visit from the mainland, guests arrive via high-speed ferry from San Pedro, although many come on private boats.
Two harbors offers numerous annual and super fun events, almost every month of the year.
There are plenty of options if this is what you are looking for. There is a Zip Line Eco tour around Catalina Island, Ridgetop Eco Adventure Tour, Discover Avalon, Journey to the sky, Bison Expedition, Catalina Aerial Adventure, Catalina Falconry Experience, and many hiking and walking trail options.
If you are looking to connect with the ocean and want to do participate in water activities, you should check out Two Harbors Undersea Sub Expedition, the Glass Bottom Boat, the Flying Fish Voyage, fishing, and scuba.
There are also guided private tour experiences if you prefer some family private time or with friends.
Descanso Beach Club
Descanso Beach Club is one of the last private beaches in California open to the public, and home to Catalina’s only beachside restaurant and bar. It’s also one of the few places where you can legally have a drink in your hand and your feet in the sand at the same time!
There are options to rent a chaise or a cabana to kick back and enjoy the sun. They open at 11am and close at around 4pm. Live DJs play at Descanso Beach Club every Saturday during the summer.
Island Spa Catalina
Located inside Avalon’s historic El Encanto building, spa amenities include seven treatment rooms plus a couple’s suite, luxurious lounges, Jacuzzi, a soaking pool, a dry sauna, a eucalyptus steam room, and expansive relaxation deck with amazing ocean views. Day passes are available on a first come, first served basis.
Catalina Island is an outdoor lover’s paradise and there’s no better way to experience this beautiful island than to be at one with the natural surroundings on a camping getaway. Camping is only permitted in five designated campgrounds along the Trans-Catalina Trail: Hermit Gulch, Black Jack, Little Harbor, Two Harbors, and Parson’s Landing. All campgrounds have potable water, except for Parson’s Landing.
Catalina Casino Tours
Step back in time on this 45-minute narrated walking tour of Catalina’s most well-known landmark.
Above the theatre, the Casino’s world-famous ballroom once hosted thousands of dancers grooving to the sounds of big band music. Be sure to step out on the Romance Promenade that encircles the ballroom for some of the most spectacular views of Avalon.
A great example of Catalina’s charm and history can be found at Catalina Island Country Club and Golf Course, the oldest operating course west of the Mississippi and the former home of the Bobby Jones Invitational Tournament.
Originally built in 1892 as a three-hole course, this scenic, 2,100-yard course now offers nine challenging holes, with two sets of tees for 18-hole play. The full Pro Shop rents clubs, and electric and pull carts.
The course was expanded to 9 holes in the early 1900s, and to an 18-hole tournament-level course in 1929. After World War II in 1945, the course was brought back to its current 9-hole layout, featuring five Par 4s and four Par 3s.
Catalina Island Conservancy Trailhead
The Conservancy is a leader in conservation programs that protect and restore endangered species and threatened habitats. It protects 88 percent of Catalina Island, including more than 62 miles of unspoiled beaches and secluded coves.
Here you will learn about the history of the island and of course, and see the Bison.
With Catalina Island Conservancy Trailhead, you can access places that aren’t accessible on other tours.
Catalina Island is such a gem and a great option for an easily accessible mini getaway if you’re visiting San Diego. Be sure to check out all of Haustay’s vacation rentals within close proximity to the ferries to Catalina!
To maximize your revenue as a vacation rental owner, you need to offer amenities that are in high demand for guests. There are certain amenities you should always provide and some that are nice, but not necessary. And of course, everyone is different, and some guests want amenities that others don’t necessarily care about.
Location also comes into play as a mountain cabin requires different amenities than a beach house.
To help guide you in your decision making, we’ve put together an amenities list of seven top suggestions for vacation rentals.
Pools are a guest favorite in choosing a vacation rental, of course, that is not always the case for a beach or lake house. Whether it is a private pool in a house or shared pool access in a condo community, offering a pool can increase the bookings significantly.
2. Pet-friendly Properties
These days more and more people own dogs, and they are not just pets, they are part of the family so travelers want to bring their pets along for the adventure as well.
Unfortunately, there not a big percentage of properties that allow pets, for example, if you book through Airbnb, only three percent of the properties are pet-friendly so if you are looking to increase your bookings, this is a good opportunity to add this amenity and for owners to open their homes to pets.
On average, vacation rentals that allow dogs have:
- 10–20% higher rental income
- 6% higher overall occupancy
3. Hot Tub
Hot tubs are always in high demand. While they don’t take up as much room as a pool or require as big of an investment, they can pay off the moment you decide to add this amenity. It will raise the search results in your property and your annual revenue since guests are willing to pay more for a listing that has a hot tub.
A hot tub can add an average of $39 per night or more, depending on the property, to your listing price.
4. Good Internet/WiFi Speed
WIFI is considered one of the top amenities that guests search for.
A vacation rental without high-speed internet is disappointing for any guest.
WIFI is probably the biggest essential in any vacation rental unless guests are specifically seeking to be offline and to disconnect from emails, social media, etc. in a kind of electronics detox mission, otherwise, they’ll be expecting fast and free WIFI right on arrival.
5. Central A/C
Another must-have that guests look for is air conditioning. Staying cool and comfortable during the high temperature months is what everybody wants in the summertime, and this can be a deal breaker the moment to decide to book your place or not.
With summer being the peak season in most destinations, guests will want some assurance they will be able to escape the heat outside.
While many rentals offer many different cooling methods, like powerful ceiling fans, window air conditioning units, or portable AC units, most guests prefer central A/C.
6. Washer & Dryer
Some of the items that differentiate a vacation rental from a hotel are having a washer and dryer onsite and having the luxury to use them at any time during their stay is in high demand. The same needs or accidents we have at home can also happen on vacation like red wine or sauce spills on your clothes, beach towels getting covered in sand, etc.
The longer the stay, the likelier it is that guests will want to wash clothes, especially if they have kids. A washer and dryer are key for guests who want to avoid dragging around dirty laundry. Not to mention, it’s a bonus for housekeepers to simply toss in linens and towels while they clean the rest of the house.
7. Cozy Fireplace
Fireplaces are in high demand especially in mountain destinations with colder climates. A ski vacation wouldn’t be the same without a cozy fireplace to keep you nice and warm after spending all day in the snow, however, you would be surprised at how many people look for fireplaces in beach houses as well during the winter.
Many guests consider just sitting by the fireplace an essential and relaxing experience during their vacation. Depending on your destination, installing a fireplace can be a worthwhile investment.
If a new wood-burning fireplace isn’t in the budget, consider a lower-cost electric fireplace, which can still provide a warm and cozy vibe.
Below, is a small and practical list of the amenities that a beach house needs:
- Grill. The number one reason travelers choose vacation rentals over hotels is to have a kitchen so they can cook!
- Beach Supplies
- Direct Beach Access
- Beach Carts
- Boat Rentals
- Board games
- Boogie Boards
- Surf Boards
Other amenities that are not completely necessary but make a big difference are:
- Coffee maker
- A full kitchen (not just a simple kitchenette) especially for the holiday season, is a plus!!
- Free Parking
- Set of wine glasses
- TV streaming and cable
- Heating system
- Electrical adapters and chargers
- Hair dryer
- Local maps and guidebooks
We hope this article gives you a good assessment of what kind of amenities guests search for before making a reservation. Anything we missed? Leave us a comment below!
Carlsbad is known for its stunning beaches, fishing lagoons, nature trails, and bird-watching sites as well as its historic village and a rich culinary culture with a wide range of food and wine. Read on for more information on the interesting history of Carlsbad, California.
Carlsbad was officially founded as a city in July 1952, and was incorporated to avoid annexation by its neighbor, Oceanside. Carlsbad’s population is now over 112,000 people. Carlsbad has a semi-arid Mediterranean climate and averages 263 sunny days per year. Winters are mild with periodic rain.
The earliest residents of Carlsbad were the Luiseño Indians who settled in the coastal area. The Luiseno Indian tribe lived in small villages near fresh water sources, they called them Palamai or “place of big water”, our lagoons. They lived using natural resources to provide food and clothing. They used many of the native plants, harvesting many kinds of seeds, berries, nuts, fruits, and vegetables for a varied and nutritious diet. These Native Americans people were here at the time of the first contact with the Spanish in the 16th century.
In 1821, Mexico achieved independence from Spain, taking Alta California along with it, but the missions maintained authority over native people and control of land holdings until the 1830’s. During the Mexican period, in 1842, the southern portion of Carlsbad, was granted as Rancho Agua Hedionda to Juan María Marrón.
In the 1882 Captain John Frazier dug a well near the coast in Carlsbad. He began offering his water at the train station and soon the whistle-stop became known as Frazier’s Station. A test done on a second fresh water well discovered the water to be chemically similar to that found in some of the most renowned spas in the world, and the town was named after the famed spa in the Bohemian town of Karlsbad.
Water has been an integral part of Carlsbad’s history starting with the early settlements. A Lagoon, a river, a mineral springs and an ocean is what Carlsbad’s story is all about.
The discovery of the mineral water soon led to stops by train passengers to drink this water, rumored to have special healing properties: there was a sign at the railroad station reading “alright, drink and be happy.”
To take advantage of the find, the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company was formed by a German-born merchant from the Midwest named Gerhard Schutte together with Samuel Church Smith, D.D.Wadsworth and Henry Nelson. The naming of the town followed soon after, along with a major marketing campaign to attract visitors. The area experienced a period of growth, with homes and businesses sprouting up in the 1880’s. Agricultural development of citrus fruits, avocados and olives soon changed the landscape. By the end of 1887, land prices fell throughout San Diego County. However, the community survived on the back of its fertile agricultural lands.
Carlsbad is now a vibrant village in North County San Diego located right along the coast. The majority of the hotels, shops and restaurants are very close to, the Village, with some properties directly on the beach and others within walking distance to the ocean. Carlsbad is a very walkable town.
Many of Carlsbad’s historical sites are still in good shape. Carlsbad is very proud of its unique history and enjoys sharing it with others. The Alt Karlsbad Hanse House on Carlsbad Boulevard is, site of the first mineral water spa in the town, a mainstay of Carlsbad since the 1880’s.
Don’t forget to stop for a bite and a glass of wine in many of the gourmet options that Carlsbad Village has to offer.
The Carlsbad Historical Society produced a self-guiding walking tour map available at the Visitor’s Center in the Old Santa Fe Train Depot if you are up to a walk around the Village.
What is your favorite historical spot in Carlsbad?
San Diego is well known for its beaches, fish tacos, and breweries but there is so much more to discover in this beachside destination. There are museums to visit, apples to pick, bikes to ride, boutiques to browse, scenic trails to hike, animals to adore, sunsets to see, and cocktails to throw back.
One of the jewels of San Diego is Mission Beach. This famous 2-mile resort peninsula with the Pacific Ocean on one side and beautiful Mission Bay on the other side is only two blocks wide with so many options for fun. Read on for our idea of a fun 48 hours spent in Mission Beach whether on vacation or enjoying a staycation.
Get some exercise on the boardwalk
Explore the Mission Beach Boardwalk, by biking, skateboarding, rollerblading, or a quiet evening walk. Walking along the boardwalk is a great way to get to know the city.
Grab a cup of joe
For some morning coffee, head to Better Buzz Coffee Roasters. This local favorite is just about a block from Montezuma Bay. If you’re in the mood for something more than a coffee, grab a bite at Olive Café, Truckstop, or The Mission. You can’t go wrong at any of these popular spots.
Spend the day in Mission Bay
Mission Bay Park is the largest facility of its kind in the world. It includes 27 miles of stunning bayfront. The park is used for a variety of recreational activities such as picnics, fishing, swimming, sailing, and water skiing, as well as softball, basketball and volleyball games among other sports. There is a fun children’s playground as well. If you are looking for paddling a SUP, kayak, or outrigger canoe, or sailing, Mission Bay Aquatic Center or Aqua Adventures has many great options for rentals.
Hit some balls at the golf course
Those who are in the mood to do something that doesn’t involve water sports, swing over to the public 8-hole, par 58 Mission Bay Golf Course. Or try foot golf and disc golf, which are available too.
Have a bite to eat
After a long morning of activities you will probably be ready for a bite, so throw down a blanket anywhere along the bay’s 27 miles of park- and beach-lined shores for a picnic or barbecue at Crown Point, Bonita Cove, Mission Point, or Ski Beach. Then take a nap or maybe get in some more exercise playing volleyball at the beach.
New to SeaWorld is Sesame Place featuring seven Sesame Street-themed dry rides, an interactive musical play area, and eleven water attractions including a 500,000 gallon wave pool – one of the largest in Southern California.
Emperor, the tallest, fastest, and longest dive coaster in all of California, is now open. Plunge 90 degrees and soar up to 60 miles per hour through exhilarating loops on this exciting Emperor penguin-inspired thrill ride, feeling your feet dangle above the track on the state’s only floorless dive coaster!
Located in Mission Beach, Belmont Park is San Diego’s only beachfront amusement and entertainment center! From the historic Giant Dipper Roller Coaster to the dynamic oceanfront restaurants, Belmont Park is the ideal Southern California beach experience and parking and admission are free!
Take in the sunset
In the evening grab the family and claim one of Mission Bay’s many fire pits at South Shores Park or take in San Diego’s rightfully famous sunsets with a cruise aboard the Bahia Belle. Or for something more private and exclusive choose to go to Mount Soledad or Mister A’s, a fine dining establishment on the 12th floor of a downtown skyscraper to enjoy the most stunning sunsets.
Where to stay
If you don’t want to live Mission Beach area, don’t worry, Haustay has several options for places to stay that are just a short drive or train ride away from everything Mission Beach has to offer. Mission Beach provides endless opportunities for excellent restaurants, spas, pools, and accommodations for absolutely everyone!
Remote work, also referred to as work-from-home, work-from-anywhere, telework, remote job, mobile work, and distance work is the practice of employees doing their jobs from a location other than a central office operated by the employer.
During the Covid Pandemic the work dynamic has changed around the world.
Many companies that didn’t even have positions or services that can be handled remotely had been forced to be creative and reinvent themself to be able to survive in business, also be able to provide safety for their clients through contactless options.
For some people this was a wonderful change since they were able to spend more time with their families at home, avoid hours and stress in traffic through the commute and less preparation time to leave home. For some it wasn’t ideal, especially when the whole family had to deal with work and entertainment for the kids at the same time since every family member was at home 24/7 and work needed to be done and meetings to attend.
Even though the foundation of this change wasn’t the idyllic situation to go through, many companies realized that it was a beneficial change since many of them didn’t need an office or a physical place to work from, so in turn, they saved in rental fees and other expenses. Many businesses even closed their offices after realizing with modern technology where most people own a smartphone and/or a laptop, it wasn’t necessary to go to the office when everything could be done from anywhere with a good Wi-Fi connection.
It quickly became the new normal and especially an effective way to save time for busy people, from meetings held on Zoom or Microsoft Team to Real Estate virtual showings where no person physically needed to be physically present to keep the business running.
For some people, it is not the best option as they are less productive, but for the majority professional studies show that people can be even more productive working from home and happier and guarantee job satisfaction, work-life balance, physical health, and comfortable work environment. At the end of the day, you are the one who pays the consequences if the job is not being done, either as a business owner, executive, or employee.
Many companies or industries now have the option to work from anywhere which gives many families or individuals the option to combine personal life, time off, gateways, or even some vacation time or social obligations and make everyone’s life easier while you are still on the clock.
If you have a wedding in San Diego, a High School or College reunion, are visiting family or friends, a sports tournament for the kids, or even if you plan a retreat for your close team, but still have business to attend to, we have many options for you.
To stay inspired , there is nothing better than working remotely at a beach house!! I can guarantee you that you will feel much more inspired and hopefully the work will be done.
Haustay manages three magnificent and fabulous properties in Carlsbad: Tower 36, Shore Drive, Terramar Beach House, and Ocean Victorian, all of them with a designated work desk area and a priceless view of the ocean!
Within close proximity to the Carlsbad Village to take a break between emails and spreadsheets, the Village offers a variety of coffee shops for a caffeine booster, restaurants, or just take a walk to the beach to unwind! And minutes away from Legoland in case the little ones need to get some energy out.
If you find you need privacy for a business call, you can get lost and find privacy in one of the 9 bedrooms that Ocean Victorian house has to offer, and do not miss the beautiful ocean view and hear that inspiring sound from the waves.
Casa Pacifica is oceanfront and within walking distance from Oceanside’s main streets while 7 Palms, is in a residential area, still with a beautiful ocean view from the living room. This mid-century modern luxury home won San Diego Home & Garden Magazine’s Best Remodel in 2008. You will feel much more inspired by your Zoom or Teams meeting!
If you are looking to be centrally located in San Diego, our newly remodeled Seascape Sur property in Solana Beach will surpass your expectations! This oceanfront property will have you getting your work done while feeling the ocean breeze.
Be sure to check out the options on our website! We can’t wait to host you!
This is the scariest month of the year!! Yes, Halloween is here and there are so many activities to do with for Halloween with kids or for a fun night out for the adults!
Plus, October is Kids Free San Diego where kids get in for free to many places and attractions around San Diego (restrictions may apply). So get your costume ready and prepare to have some spooky fun!!
1 – Visit a Pumpkin Station
Pumpkin Stations are an easy way to entertain the kids and are free to enter, but you’ll need tickets for rides and activities such as kiddie rides, giant slides, inflatable play centers, petting zoos, and game zones. Tickets can be bought at the pumpkin patches.
San Diego has multiple pumpkin patches to explore with kids during October. They all vary in size, cost, and detail. And many pumpkin patches are dog-friendly so you don’t have to worry about leaving your four-legged family member behind.
The most popular pumpkin patches are located centrally in Mission Valley, Del Mar, and Rancho Bernardo.
2 – San Diego Zoo Halgloween
2920 Zoo Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Named HalGLOween for the glow-in-the-dark decor and entertainment—the world-famous San Diego Zoo’s light-up-the-night, Halloween-themed extravaganza—is back! This year’s glowing celebration of color has been expanded to five weekends in October—Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (except October 30). So, get ready to enjoy some safe, family fun at this glittering and glimmering annual spectacular full of entertainment and interactive festivities! Ages 11 and younger enter free and there will be a DJ, a bubble dance party, and much more. So fun!!!
3 – Legoland Brick-or-Treat Party Nights
One LEGOLAND Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Legoland California’s Halloween event is better than ever this year! Brick-or-Treat will bewitch the park with tons of candy, an all-new show line up, never-before-seen exclusive LEGO® characters, and more! All Brick-or-Treat activities will run from 3pm – 9pm on Saturdays during the event and 2pm – 8pm on Sunday, October 30.
All guests are encouraged to join the festivities in costume and get ready for a fun time.
Tickets go from $109 to $173.
4 – Halloween Spooktacular
5801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92115
The public is invited to the FREE Halloween Spooktacular at University Square on Saturday, October 29 from 4- 7 p.m. Children can decorate a bucket at the Craft Activity area to use for trick or treating at participating merchant locations. During the three-hour event watch Magic Shows and get a custom created balloon ghost, cat or other shape to keep. Bring smartphone or camera to take pictures in front of the Halloween backdrop and with FrankenStilt, a VERY tall, costumed character. No reservations needed! Bring everyone in the to enjoy the Halloween Spooktacular event at University Square!
5 – Safe Trick or Treating in Encinitas
Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas, CA 92024
On October 31st The City of Encinitas provides a safe trick-or-treat environment for all at their annual community.
On October 31st from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. head to downtown Encinitas to enjoy Halloween-themed activities (in the Lumberyard Courtyard), live music, and carved pumpkins. Merchants from Encinitas Blvd to K Street will have treats for kids. This event is free to the community.
6 – SeaWorld Howl-O-Scream
500 SeaWorld Dr, San Diego, CA 92109
Howl-O-Scream will transform SeaWorld San Diego park into a scary place! Something sinister is about to happen!! When night falls and a carnival of horrifying creatures surrounds you, just try to put on a happy face and have fun. This will run from September 16th through October 31st, 2022 and tickets start at $34.99.
7 – The Scream Zone at the Del Mar Fairgrounds
Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014
From October 6th through 31st, 2022
You have until the 31st of October to experience San Diego County’s largest haunted experience, The Scream Zone. It is considered among the goriest, scariest, and screaming-est fright fests to be found in the dark corners of Southern California. Note: The Scream Zone is designed for a teen and older audience and tickets start at $24.99.
8 – Whaley House Museum in Old Town
2476 San Diego Avenue, San Diego, CA 92110
One of America’s Most Haunted Houses, be sure to check out the Whaley House this October as they will be offering extended hours and the chance for you to have a different experience. The museum is open daily and the prices may vary depending on the event.
9 – The Strawberry Company Pumpkin Patch
Carlsbad Strawberry Fields – 1050 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA 92008
Now through November 8th, visit the Carlsbad Strawberry Company Pumpkin Patch on the weekends and where games and food will make it a memory to last a lifetime. There is a corn maze, petting zoo, marigold field, tractor rides, etc.
10 – 5th Annual Costume Party at Black Plague Brewing
BLACK PLAGUE Brewing, 2550 Jason Court, Oceanside
On Saturday, October 29th at 12:00 pm prepare yourself for the 5th Annual Halloween Costume party at Black Plague Brewing in Oceanside. Enjoy a frightening night filled with heart-pumping beats from local Alec Beretz.
There will be a costume contest with prizes, beer, merch, and much more. Be sure not to miss this Halloween party! There is a $10 cover at the door starting at 5pm. Live music starts at 8pm.