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“beach town”(25 reviews)
“coyote bar”(15 reviews)
“farmers market”(52 reviews)
Downtown Carlsbad offers antique and curio stores, lots of good eating places and a great place to cool off after spending hours on the nearby beach.
Carlsbad Village Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008
+1 760-434-6093
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 4 June 2008

The Carlsbad Village area is a great walk and bike friendly downtown area by the Pacific Ocean. It gives you an idea of what life was like 50 years ago in coastal LA and the coastal OC 30 years ago. You have the best of...More

10  Thank KC K
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 18 April 2013

This should be a beautiful place to bring kids to the beach but the city does nothing to keep its beachfront street clear of doggy droppings and it ruins a lovely spot. Restaurants right on the ocean bluff have dog feces steps from the tables....More

3  Thank travelclick
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

though October produces AM and PM fog, the mid-day was great. A fun walk on the beach for a stop here and there to build a sand castle

Thank halw2m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Parking is always an issue, but well worth the search. Great food, with good service. Love being by the ocean.

Thank sorasherb
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

As far as villages go this one was really upscale. I liked the location and busyness of this property. Many Many shops to visit and explore. My wife is a little picky about her wine glasses but one of the shops (Linda’s Gift) has the...More

Thank BobbyBluewaters
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely laid back area to stay in. Traffic is not hectic. The beach provided lots of chances for people watching. There is a wealth of cafes and bars.

Thank julnol
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Tourists seem to flock to Carlsbad. Nice area with lots of overpriced restaurants and shops. Parking difficult here recommend uber or Lyft.

Thank JimmyJackk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The village has lots quaint small shops. It has nice boutiques, where you can spot something different. It has lots of gift shops and many eatery’s. We enjoyed walking around. It has rustic look. . It made a refreshing change from large department stores and...More

Thank 465RobertH465
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended the Taste of Carlsbad evening. We sipped and walked and ate from about 45 vendors downtown. It was so lovely and well organized! We loved the Beach and took in the Sunset from the stairs access near the Village. A lively, energetic town...More

Thank Lori A
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

A pleasant beach, clean and safe. An excellent place to visit the Pacific Ocean. Lots of nearby quality reassurances.

Thank Royce F
Reviewed 16 October 2018

Wonderful little tourist village. So glad our friends decided to stay here and booked ahead. Would vacation here again in the furture. Nice little shops up and down the way. Lots of choices for eating as well....such a nice atmosphere.

Thank DMSims
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

Wonderfully walkable with shops of all kinds and restaurants from Irish, to Mexican, to donuts. Love the variety !

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Dionne S
30 August 2017|
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Response from patriciacT6260PD | Reviewed this property |
The shops in the village close early at 5:00. The outlet mall that isn't far away would be the only stores open until 9:00pm.
Nanfi L
15 June 2017|
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Response from Sharon P |
That is from Legoland.
Rhom M
27 March 2017|
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Response from KC K | Reviewed this property |
Check the Surfline website for the most accurate wave/beach condition reports globally with daily updated ocean water temps. Generally speaking water temp is 68-72F and comfortable June/July-Sep/Oct, although June & July an... More