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Top-rated vacation rentals in Carlsbad

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Condo in Carlsbad Village
#4, Ocean View- One Bedroom Condo at the Beach
This newly remodeled large one bedroom condo offers 1100 Square feet, a large glass walled balcony facing the ocean with the most breathtaking panoramic ocean views. You will be just steps from the beach. Listen to the waves crashing and watch the dolphins playing. You can't beat our location as we are right in the heart of Downtown Carlsbad Village with many award-winning restaurants, coffee houses and boutique shopping all within walking distance. We would love to host your beach vacation.
$312 per night
Condo in Carlsbad
Resort Life in La Costa
Beautifully appointed property located inside the gates of the Omni La Costa! * Bedroom w King Bed * Bonus nook w Queen size pull out * Queen sofa sleeper in living room * Fully stocked kitchen * Espresso machine * Bosch Washer/Dryer * Extra Large spa feel shower * Premium linens, bedding * A/C * WIFI, Cable, Netflix * Oversized patio * Community Pool, BBQ * Secure Garage w Elevator * Parking for 1 car * Beach chair/towels/umbrella * Kid friendly (pack n play, kids shampoo, books)
$194 per night
Condo in Carlsbad Village
Newly Renovated Beachside Bungalow
Beachside Bungalow is located in the heart of Carlsbad Village just steps away from the beach, restaurants, and bars. It is newly renovated with two outdoor lounging/dining areas and includes covered reserved parking, a king-size bed, a queen-size sofa bed, fast wifi (WFH friendly), large smart TV, a fully equipped kitchen, beach accessories (chairs + towels), and AC in the bedroom so you can sleep comfortably all summer long.
$157 per night

Stay near Carlsbad's top sights

LEGOLAND California941 locals recommend
Carlsbad Premium Outlets400 locals recommend
The Flower Fields172 locals recommend
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa57 locals recommend
Carlsbad Village158 locals recommend
In-N-Out Burger19 locals recommend

Carlsbad beach vacation rentals

Condo in Carlsbad Village
#3, Ocean View- Studio by the Beach in Carlsbad
$189 per night
Private room in Oceanside
Completely Private Cottage! Fenced, PET friendly!
$81 per night
Condo in Carlsbad Village
Outstanding Location Beach Getaway
$182 per night
Condo in Carlsbad Village
Luxury Ocean View Beach Rental 4
$231 per night

Carlsbad home rentals

Home in Carlsbad Village
Carlsbad Village Beach Home
$311 per night
Private room in Carlsbad
Luxury stay 4 miles from the beach
$101 per night
Private room in San Marcos
The Farmhouse Room
$90 per night
Home in Oceanside
*2 Blocks to Beach, Downtown, & Pier w/ Beach Gear
$300 per night

Beach home rentals in Carlsbad

Home in Carlsbad
Beach House, Ocean Views, Roof Top Deck & AC
$433 per night
Home in Oceanside
Newly Remodeled NOT Shared Beachfront Home W/SPA
$408 per night
Home in Carlsbad Village
Sweet View, Upstairs Unit B
$204 per night
Home in Carlsbad
Charming 1940's Bungalow in Coastal Carlsbad
$295 per night

Your guide to Carlsbad

Welcome to Carlsbad

Perched on seven miles of scenic coastline, the charming town of Carlsbad is quintessential Southern California. A one-time booming agricultural hub, replete with farms and cattle ranches, it began luring wealthy urbanites from nearby Los Angeles and San Diego to its shores with spas fed by mineral waters sourced from a local well dug in 1882. In 1976 the city opened California’s first modern skatepark. (It’s since been demolished, but new ones have sprung up to replace it — and a chunk of the old one lives at the Smithsonian.) Today Carlsbad is home to Legoland, the theme park temple to the tiny plastic building blocks. And while many come here to visit that brightly colored toy palace, it’s worth sticking around for other offerings, such as a robust microbrewery scene and tranquil beaches, some abutted by dramatic cliffs. Beaches, farming, spas, skateboarding, and a theme park: Carlsbad can be seen as a microcosm of the many attractions drawing travelers to Southern California.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Carlsbad

Spring and summer are the high seasons in Carlsbad, when the sun shines bright and hot and flowers are in bloom. Sunbathers flock to the beach, and the parking lots can get crowded, so consider alternative transport if you’re driving during this time. In July and August, the city hosts live Friday night music performances in the parks and outdoor movie screenings downtown. Every May and November the village throws the Carlsbad Village Street Faire, with more than 900 vendors selling antiques and house plants, as well as a beer and wine garden. With generally warm weather and sunny days, fall and winter can be pleasant times to visit Carlsbad, when the crowds are lower, lending the beaches a secluded feel.

Top things to do in Carlsbad


Don’t write this off as a tots-only zone. In addition to the usual theme park fare, Legoland is also home to detailed miniature recreations of New York, San Francisco, and Las Vegas. The attention to detail is stunning — the sounds played in the San Francisco model were recorded at Pier 39 — and the builders have been known to add in a cheeky joke or two, just for grown-ups, so stay alert.

The Flower Fields

Every spring, 50 acres of hillside in Carlsbad transform into a riotous rainbow when rows and rows of brightly colored ranunculus flowers bloom at the Flower Fields. For more than 40 years the farm has been growing and selling these colorful flowers and their bulbs, and from March through early May, guests can explore the farm on walking paths or via a tractor ride.

Batiquitos Lagoon

Carlsbad is home to one of the last coastal wetlands in California. Unfolding over 610 acres, the nature preserve is home to scores of native plants such as pickleweed — which usually looks like thick green fingers, but turns bright red in the fall — and birds such as snowy plovers and herons. You can navigate a network of trails yourself, or join a guided nature walk.

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