Carlsbad is an affluent seaside resort city occupying a 7-mile (11 km) stretch of Pacific coastline in North San Diego County, California. Referred to as “The Village by the Sea” by locals, Carlsbad’s Mediterranean climate attracts visitors year-round to its quaint hotels and five-star luxury resorts.
Carlsbad’s history begins with the Luiseño people who located one of their villages, Palamai, near what is today Agua Hedionda Lagoon. The area experienced a period of growth, with homes and businesses sprouting up in the 1880s. The first modern skateboard park, Carlsbad Skatepark, was built here in March 1976. In 1999, Legoland California, the first Legoland theme park outside of Europe, now owned and operated by Merlin Entertainments, opened in Carlsbad.
For city planning and growth management purposes, Carlsbad is divided into distinct quadrants. The northwest quadrant of Carlsbad 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 consists mostly of single-family homes, with larger lots found in the older area known as Chestnut Hills. The southeast quadrant 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.