Best places in Carlsbad

Restaurants, Schools, and Youth Sports


A destination for many family vacations, Carlsbad is more than just the home of Lego land. It is a thriving and beautiful community that over 100,000 people call home. Stretching over 7 miles of the Pacific Coastline, Carlsbad is located 87 miles south of Los Angeles and just over 30 miles north of San Diego. It is broken down into distinct quadrants: Northwest quadrant, Northeast quadrant, Southeast quadrant, and Southwest quadrant.

As part of San Diego’s North County, nobody can deny the natural beauty of Carlsbad. However, The Flower Fields are a gem unlike anything else in all of Southern California. In spring, these 50 acres of hills of Carlsbad are vibrant with blooms of ranunculus. Another fun fact about Carlsbad is that it is nicknamed “Titanium Valley” because it is home to many of the big hitters in golf manufacturing including Titleist, Callaway, and TaylorMade.

Top 5 Family Restaurants

1. Karl Strauss Brewing Company

After a long day at Legoland, this should be a required stop to refuel on amazing craft beer and delicious food.

2. Board and Brew

A favorite sandwich shop located in Carlsbad Village serving simple and fresh ingredients.

3. The Fish District

A fast and casual seafood restaurant serving dishes that are fresh, healthy and sustainable.

4. Campfire

A unique experience where you can gather around the fire and enjoy delicious food.

5. Bistro West

The chefs at Bistro West have a farm to table philosophy and diners will enjoy the best of what the season has to offer.

Best Schools

Public Elementary (San Marcos Unified School District)

La Costa Meadows Elementary School (K-5)

La Costa Meadows is a collaborative community. They have a student/teacher ratio of 19:1 (below the CA average) and they also have a top rating of 10 from

Carrillo Elementary School (K-5)

Carrillo focuses on high expectations and rigorous academic standards for their students. They have a student/teacher ratio of 19:1 (below the CA average) and they also have a top rating of 10 from

Public Elementary (Carlsbad Unified School District)

Kelly Elementary School (K-5)

Thier motto is “making good choices for healthy minds, bodies & spirits.” Kelly Elementary has been recognized as a California Distinguished School.

Pacific Rim Elementary (K-5)

Pacific Rim is a school with a focus on technology and academic excellence. They have a top rating of 10 from

High School

Sage Creek High School

Opened in 2013 Sage Creek has a team focus to create an interconnected community that will prepare their students for a constantly changing world.

Private School

Pacific Ridge School (7-12)

This college preparatory school prepares kids for college and a purposeful life.

Army and Navy Academy (7-12)

This all boys oceanside college preparatory school immerses in “The Warrior Experience.”

La Costa Meadows Elementary School 

Carrillo Elementary School 

Kelly Elementary School 

Pacific Rim Elementary 

Sage Creek High School

Pacific Ridge School

Army and Navy Academy

Youth Sports Programs

Carlsbad Youth Baseball

A non-profit organization that provides the opportunity for all children regardless of skill a fun experience learning the fundamentals of baseball.

City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation

Offering a wide variety of programs for kids in a non-competitive environment.

Carlsbad Pop Warner

A non-profit organization and the largest soccer club in Northern San Diego that offers soccer curriculum for every age, level, and aspiration.

North Coast Aquatics

A USA Swimming affiliated age-group swim club.

Carlsbad Youth Baseball 

Carlsbad Parks & Rec

Carlsbad Pop Warner

North Coast Aquatics