Other San Diego coastal beach communities include Cardiff By The Sea, Solana Beach, Encinitas and Leucadia. Each town is blessed with it's own glorious ocean vistas and refreshing sea breezes.
The Lost City of Atlantis was re-created at Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland California. Here you will see a 175,000 gallon ocean aquarium including a 9-foot-tall, 1600 pound statue of Poseidon, unusual sea creatures and an eight foot Lego submarine and diver made of tens of thousands of Lego blocks. It's designed to be a child's first interactive guide to the life of the sea, combining active, hands-on learning with interesting educational talks.
Here are world class beaches. The State Beach runs from Tamarack Avenue all the way along the beach to downtown. There's sandy beach below and a great sidewalk along the bluff tops for sunset strolls and people watching. A little further to the south is Ponto Beach (the locals call it South Ponto). You will find a state campground on top of the bluff overlooking the ocean with stairs to the beach below.
A popular attraction is the Flower Fields. On an incredibly beautiful site overlooking the Pacific Ocean, hundreds of thousands of brilliant colored blossoms adorn the hillsides from March through May every year. The sight is so absolutely mesmerizing that tens of thousands of flower lovers tour the fields each spring to walk among the flowers.
Hotels and inns are represented by all the big chains including the Hilton. Regal Eight, Howard Johnson's and The Inn. You'll also find romantic bed and breakfasts.
Carlsbad has its share of upscale resorts as well. These resorts are wonderful, albeit expensive. Vacation condos available for weekly vacation rentals also have a resort flavor. A very prestigious and well-known upscale resort is La Costa Resort and Spa. The ambiance of this resort surrounds you from the moment you enter the gates. The grounds and facility are lovely and picturesque, the beauty and leisurely charm of Southern California enveloping you. Regarded as one of the finest resorts in the world, La Costa guests enjoy a dazzling spa, a world-class golf course, informal sophistication and extraordinary service.
Of all the Carlsbad Hotels the only one that is (1) cute, (2) romantic with (3) views of the ocean for (4) under $170 a night is the Inn at Moonlight Beach.
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