Carlsbad is one of our favorite California coastal towns. Known as the “village by the sea,” you can feel the quaint beach town vibe. We love all the shops, especially surf shops, and its close walk-able distance to the beach. The climate is perfect for sitting at one of the many outdoor cafes. Carlsbad is home to my favorite blueberry pancakes, from The Daily News Cafe! Ryan and I first ate here 10 years ago when Evian was a baby! It is a cool restaurant with the best food and perfect patio to enjoy a cup of coffee and fabulous food!
The next stop was Pacific Beach. This is one of our favorite beach spots! The beach vibe is so great! The boardwalk is lined with cool houses, restaurants, shops, and all the beach activities going on. We love to sit and watch the surfers out in the water~ wishing we were one of them! The kids would have loved to surf, we just needed more time! After a yummy lunch of fresh tacos, we checked into our hotel, Tower 23, located right on the boardwalk ( more on that in accommodations). The hotel offered complimentary beach gear; chairs, towels, toys, etc…along with bikes and skateboards. We got on some bikes and went exploring down the Boardwalk towards Mission Beach! So fun to ride along in the action!
Miles can smell an arcade a mile away and he was so happy when we landed in Mission beach. They have a really fun adventure area full of an outdoor carnival. Loaded with games,booths, arcades, and even a small roller coaster. The kids both had a great time playing around.
ON THE BEACH
We love the beach, it is definitely our Happy Place, add in surfers to watch, cooler temperatures, and we just took it to the next level! We had such a fun afternoon in the sand! Boogie boarding, gymnastics, exploring under the pier, and actually sitting and enjoying the beach! (That is our hotel Tower 23, the white building directly behind the kids, more about that at the bottom in accommodations)
BACK ON THE BOARDWALK
Miles could not wait to get back to the boardwalk and skateboard. They rode some really cool wooden longboards. It was so great to watch the two of them scooting down so fast together! I know Ryan and Miles had a blast and Evian and I rode behind them on our bikes! I could definitely get used to being active on this boardwalk!
SUNSET AND HAPPY HOUR
We love to watch the sunset, and the balcony on this hotel was perfect! We were situated right above the boardwalk and had an amazing view of the water! It was fun to watch the surfers start and end the day! The sunset is always a special time for us to reflect on the day!
Accommodations: We stayed at Tower 23 in Pacific Beach. It was a fabulous hotel right on the beach. Incredibly accommodating for all your beach essentials as well being centrally located to all the shops and eateries.
Transportation: We rented a car for the entirety of our trip, it is nice to be able to drive the coast and stop and explore the different coastal cities and beaches. We enjoyed renting bikes and skateboards in Pacific Beach and would highly recommend this activity.
Cuisine: Plenty of good choices for food! We ate a mixture of seafood, tacos, and pizza! Good News Cafe in Carlsbad was our favorite breakfast spot and La Perla, in Pacific beach had the tastiest tacos!