To see another side of Carlsbad, you can’t go wrong with the city’s large network of biking and walking trails. Since 1990, the city has been developing and implementing a trail system that will help people explore and appreciate natural, open spaces surrounding Carlsbad. Since then, they have developed 38 miles of open trails and 48 miles of biking trails!
The California Surf Museum, located only seven miles north in Oceanside, is a great way to spend an afternoon learning about this vibrant aspect of SoCal culture.
Along with the factual side of things, you’ll find boards belonging to famous surfers such as, “Soul Surfer” Bethany Hamilton and Duke Kahanamoku, the supposed father of surfing. The museum also offers presentations of iconic surf films, and if you’re lucky enough to catch the live surf guitar band, stick around; they are well worth the listen.
Did you know that the Californian coast is home to more dolphins than Florida, Alaska or Hawaii? The warm waters are also frequented by Blue, Gray, Fin, Humpback and Killer Whales, all never shying away from picture opportunities. This year, the whale sightings have been especially common, as noted in San Diego Union-Tribune.
Right off the freeway along Leucudia Boulevard is a peaceful outdoor promenade, The Forum Carlsbad, with a great selection of stores including Urban Outfitters, Coldwater Creek, Talbots, H&M, lululemon athletica, Sur La Table, the Apple Store and many more. Nestled between all the big names, the Wine Loft is a great local spot for touring oenophiles, souvenir seekers or mall visitors just looking to sample some exciting SoCal wines.
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