Every year our family takes a “stay-cation” in our beautiful city of San Diego. This year we decided to stay at a Carlsbad timeshare, which is an affluent seaside resort city located about 35 miles north of downtown San Diego. It is known for its beautiful and uncrowded beaches, local street fairs and art walks in the Village and the famous LEGOLAND® California and SEA LIFE Aquarium just off the coast. We stayed at Carlsbad Seapointe Resort, which is a nice family friendly resort just off the Pacific Coast Highway, making it easy to get to and from other locations. See our review of our stay at the Carlsbad Seapointe timeshare.
Since we are timeshare owners and usually take a stay-cation every year, we wanted to check out some of the other Carlsbad resorts for future vacations. The first one that we visited was Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort. This resort is located right at the end of Carlsbad Village Dr and is steps away from the beach. Its location is very ideal for the vacationer wanting to walk everywhere and not have to drive at all. In fact, there is a local Mexican restaurant and bar called “El Norte”, as well as a Café called “Daily News Café” and other shops located right on-site! If you cross the street, you are in the center of the “Village” where many events occur year round and there are lots of cute boutique shops, local pubs and pizzerias, ice cream shops, sidewalk cafés, and several local beach/surf shops to explore. Besides the location of Carlsbad Inn being so wonderful, the resort itself is full of charm and many activities and amenities. There is a beautiful Oceanview Courtyard with Lush Gardens in the center of the property, which includes many chaise lounge chairs and comfy sofa seats for a relaxing atmosphere. There is a heated pool with spa, fitness center with sauna and an adult only hot tub. The views from the resort are amazing, but it’s the easy beach access that makes it so desirable by simply exiting the resort through the courtyard, crossing a small street and you’re steps away from the sand. As a resort guest you are able to check out complimentary beach items such as beach toys, chairs, umbrellas, boogie boards and even bicycles and jogging strollers! If you are not a beach goer, then the resort offers weekly activities such as: Yoga, chair massages, nutrition classes, Art display, wine tasting and a succulent box class! And for the more adventurous ones, the resort offers day trips to Catalina Island and Hollywood, as well as sailing trips. The Carlsbad Inn Beach Resort is perfect for resort travelers that prefer walking everywhere and easy beach access.
Just down about a block south from Carlsbad Inn is another nice resort called Tamarack Beach Resort Hotel. This resort sits right on Carlsbad Blvd and has incredible views of the Pacific Ocean and is a fantastic location to observe the many events held on highway 101, including the annual Carlsbad marathon and half marathon. The Mediterranean-style building offers very spacious rooms, most with panoramic ocean views and private balconies. This resort seemed very family friendly with several kids playing in the heated pool, and adults in the 2 hot tubs. There is also an on-site restaurant called “Dini’s Bistro”, which offers lunch and dinner. This resort is also great for the vacationer wanting to walk to the Village or to the beach, but is also nice for easy access to nearby attractions such as Legoland and Carlsbad Premium Outlets, which are about a 5 mile drive away. Tamarack Beach Resort has some of the most beautiful ocean views from the room balconies out of all the resorts that we visited in Carlsbad, because it sits right on the bluff and highway overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
The last Carlsbad resort that we visited was Grand Pacific Palisades Resort. This resort sits above the magnificent Flower Fields, which is in bloom from mid-March through mid-May, and is located less than a mile from beautiful beaches. The location is fantastic because it is close enough to the beach for the occasional beach goer, but right next to the Carlsbad Premium Outlets and LEGOLAND®! The resort itself is very upscale compared to the other Carlsbad resorts we visited. The main entrance has a grand feel and overlooks the adults only pool and spa, which has gorgeous views of the city of Carlsbad and the ocean. The nice thing about the Adults only pool and spa is that is really does feel like “adults only”, with the pool-side bar and lounge music, relaxing chaise lounge chairs and sofa couches sitting next to a fire pit, along with private cabanas. There is even a phone booth with a menu for the Karl Strauss Brewery, which is located on-site, to deliver right to the pool! Although it may seem like this resort is not kid friendly, it is quite the opposite actually. There is a Family Water Park, pool and spa located on the opposite side of the resort (far enough away from the adults only pool and spa), which has an incredible splash pad for kids with a fun playground and a good size pool. As a guest, the resort offers discount tickets to LEGOLAND®, which is only about a 6-minute walk from the resort. However, the resort also offers a shuttle that will drop off and pick up anywhere within a 5 mile radius from the resort, making it very convenient to get around without a car. Overall, Grand Pacific Palisades is a great resort for families and/or adults wanting a luxurious getaway with new amenities and close to shopping, restaurants, beaches and fun local attractions.