Carlsbad is an affluent seaside resort city occupying a 7-mile stretch of Pacific coastline in northern San Diego County, California. Referred to as “The Village by the Sea” by locals, the city is a tourist destination. The northern area of the city is part of a tri-city area consisting of northern Carlsbad, southern Oceanside and western Vista.

For city planning and growth management purposes, it is divided into four distinct quadrants.

Northwest quadrant: The northwest quadrant of the city includes the downtown “Village,” the Barrio, and “Old Carlsbad.” It was the first part of Carlsbad to be settled. Homes range from 1950s cottages and bungalows to elegant mansions on the hill overlooking the ocean.

Northeast quadrant: This quadrant consists mostly of single-family homes, with larger lots found in the older area known as Chestnut Hills.

Southeast quadrant: The southeast quadrant features several newer master-planned communities set among hillsides, golf courses, Alga Norte Community Park and open spaces. It includes the La Costa neighborhood, which in 1965 gave its name to the Gold Medal Golf Resort, La Costa Resort and Spa, now known as the Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.

Southwest quadrant: This quadrant extends along the Pacific Ocean to the south of the center of Carlsbad. It includes the Aviara neighborhood.

Attractions include Legoland California Resort, Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland California Resort, Carlsbad State Beach, South Carlsbad State Beach, Agua Hedionda Lagoon, Batiquitos Lagoon, Museum of Making Music, Omni La Costa Resort and Spa and The Flower Fields.


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