Carlsbad is an affluent seaside resort city occupying a 7-mile stretch of Pacific coastline in North San Diego County.
Surrounded by mountains, lagoons and the Pacific Ocean, the city is situated on the Pacific Coast about 35 miles north of San Diego and about 60 miles south of Anaheim. Along with the cities of Vista and Oceanside, Carlsbad forms a third leg in what is called the “Tri-City Area” of the county.
For city planning and growth management purposes, Carlsbad is divided into four distinct quadrants.
The northwest quadrant of Carlsbad (ZIP code 92008) includes the downtown “Village,” 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. It is also home to Hosp Grove Park, a grove of trees relatively untouched by development and now designated by the city for recreational use, in addition to the Buena Vista and Agua Hedionda Lagoon. It is located west of El Camino Real and north of Palomar Airport Road.
“Old Carlsbad” area is near downtown Carlsbad bordered by Carlsbad Village Drive to the north, Tamarack Avenue to the south, Interstate 5 to the east and the railroad tracks to the west.
This quadrant (ZIP code 92010) consists mostly of single-family homes, with larger lots found in the older area known as Chestnut Hills. It is located east of El Camino Real and north of Palomar Airport Road.Calavera Hills is located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the most sought-after communities in North County. Calavera Hills is a prestigious neighborhood that offers breathtaking views and spectacular surroundings of lush landscapes and rolling hills.
The southeast quadrant (ZIP code 92009) features several newer master-planned communities set among rolling hillsides, golf courses, and open space. Residents here are served by the award-winning Carlsbad Unified School District. It is located east of El Camino Real and south of Palomar Airport Road. It is also home to Southern California’s only Gold Medal Golf Resort, La Costa Resort and Spa.
This quadrant (ZIP code 92011) extends along the Pacific Ocean to the south of the center of Carlsbad. It includes the Aviara neighborhood. It is located west of El Camino Real and south of Palomar Airport Road.
Attractions in and around Carlsbad
Carlsbad is the home of LEGOLAND California, a family entertainment park specifically geared towards children ages 2-12 and featuring rides, shows and attractions. Other sites of interest in Carlsbad include:
• Flower Fields of Carlsbad Ranch
• Carlsbad Skatepark
• Museum of Making Music
• Carlsbad Village Farmers’ Market
• The Carlsbad Premium Outlets
• Leo Carrillo Ranch
Subdivisions in Carlsbad include: Aviara, Bressi Ranch, Rancho Carillo, Calavera Hills, Camino Hills, La Costa, Harbor Pointe.
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