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Coasting in Carlsbad

on February 20, 2013

If you want a quick get-away that eases your mind and refreshes your body, Carlsbad is the place for you. IMG_6769

A sprawling beach community 30 miles north of San Diego, and gateway to the famous Legoland, this “Touch of Paradise,” as it is advertised in local brochures, offers everything you’re looking for in a laid back beach vacation. IMG_6766

And that’s what my Hubby and I did last weekend relaxing under a blue banner of sky, the sweeping views of crystal beaches and the Pacific Ocean breathtaking. Going Slow…like the many locals and vacationers splashing in the surf, jogging on the beach, and gazing at the sun.  IMG_6775

This visit wasn’t our first to Carlsbad. A spa weekend at the La Costa Resort and a stroll through the brimming Carlsbad Flower Fields were our introduction to this quaint IMG_6748   seaside town. We decided to check out the Hilton Oceanfront Resort and Spa, http://www.hiltoncarlsbadoceanfront.com, not knowing that it was quite a ways from the Village where all the action was happening. Scouting out the area by foot, we found some nice place to stay for our next visit. The Tamarack Beach Resort, tamarackresort.com, the Ocean Palms Beach Resort, http://www.opbr.com, and the Beach Terrace Inn, http://www.beachterraceinn.com, are centrally located in or near the village and right by the beach.    IMG_6693IMG_6750IMG_6753  

Anxious to discover more, we ventured down the stairway to the beach, IMG_6672IMG_6665

browsed antique shops and boutiques in the village, and savored the most delicious hummus at the Armenian Café while a hip swinging Belly Dancer showcased her power of seduction. The next day, The Daily News Cafe right on the main drag was our choice for breakfast while for dinner  a burrito called to us at the popular Mexican Restaurant, Norte.

Although Solana Beach, Del Mar, and San Diego were calling to us, we weren’t that keen on doing the drive. We have done the touristy stuff; having dinner at San Diego’s vibrant Gas Lamp District, watching a show at Sea World and wild animals at the San Diego Zoo. We considered riding the COASTER, www.gonctd.com, a commuter train that runs north-south through San Diego County between Oceanside and downtown San Diego, but instead opted out for relaxing by the hotel pool in the late afternoon looking up into this beautiful view.  IMG_6712

And as the sun dove into a glittering sheet of sea, IMG_6692     the dramatic sight and rainbow hued sky left me breathless for a moment. IMG_6739  I remembered the lovely Hawaiian sunsets and said to myself that from now on I don’t have to go over to Maui for I’ve found my little Hawai’i right here in Carlsbad, just 80 miles down the coast from Long Beach. IMG_6728

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One response to “Coasting in Carlsbad

  1. Interesting post and great pictures! Looks like I’d better go down there next time I’m back in town!

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