Carlsbad Village is home to some of the best restaurants in San Diego. Norte is a classic mexican restaurant located where Carlsbad Village Drive meets Carlsbad Boulevard. It has a comfortable outside seating area with fire pits, as well as interior dining room and bar. Some of Norte’s specialties are; La Pachanga, an appetizer sampler platter with quesadillas, chimichangas, flautas and mini tacos, and their Sopes a handmade tortilla fried and topped with choice of meat; chicken, beef, chorizo or pork. The margaritas are also famous, or rather notorious, among the locals for being strong and they offer a plethora of margarita flavors beyond the ordinary traditional and strawberry, including raspberry and mango.
Pizza Port is another famous Carlsbad eatery and landmark. Pizza Port is a local brewery that has won numerous awards and is one of the best known local San Diego craft breweries. While the famous beer brings many customers, Pizza Port also offers a delicious menu, including many varieties of pizza using their unique pizza dough. They are also famous for the Beer Buddies, a twist on garlic knots, the signature pizza dough is made into little balls and brushed with garlic butter or cajun seasonings and served with ranch dressing.
A relatively new restaurant in the Carlsbad Village is The Land and Water Company. Set in the landmark old Victorian home at the corner of Carlsbad Boulevard and Carlsbad Village Drive, it is elevated fine dining focused on local and sustainable ingredients. With a constantly changing menu depending on the season, they feature many seafood entree items. In March they featured a variety of sashimi options, as well as uni, or sea urchin, a unique specialty that is growing in popularity among the foodie crowd. For those who don’t love seafood they have many other options as well, including a New York strip steak and the Bacon Lardon, a crispy pork belly topped with orange marmalade and served with jalapeno cornbread.
In 1880’s spring water was discovered (with qualities similar to the Bohemian city of Karlsbad) and put Carlsbad on the map as a resort destination. Today the Carlsbad Mineral Spa int he heart of Carlsbad Village still offers many of the original mineral spa amenities and a new selection of advance beauty procedures.
Carlsbad is also an ideal destination for those seeking a relaxing spa experience.. The most famous is the La Costa Resort and Spa, now owned and operated by the Omni. Began in 1965, The La Costa Resort and Spa has drawn the rich and famous, seeking relaxation and privacy for 5 decades. The spa at this resort was named the #1 wellness spa in the country by Spa Magazine. The world famous Chopra Center, founded by renowned holistic physician Deepak Chopra, M.D, blends the healing tradition of the Far East with Western medicinal techniques. The Omni La Costa Resort and Spa is also the host of the Southern California Tennis Open. A sportsman’s dream destination, in addition to tennis they also offer 2 championship golf courses.
The La Costa area of Carlsbad is also golf industry central, with national headquarters for many of the top golf brands including Taylormade and Callaway.
For the over 100,000 residents, Carlsbad is more than just a tourist destination, it is home. The median home price in Carlsbad is $719,000, with the median price per square foot at $332, which is higher than the San Diego average price per square foot of $297. The Carlsbad School District is rated a 9 out of 10 on greatschools.com. With 16 schools total, the Carlsbad School District has 4 elementary schools that are rated 10 out 10, Carrillo Elementary School, La Costa Heights Elementary School, Aviara Elementary School and Mission Estancia Elementary School. Most Carlsbad students go to Carlsbad High School, although there are three private schools within the district, the Carlsbad Village Academy, Sage Creek High School and Carlsbad Seaside Academy.