There is so much to do in San Diego and when you only have a weekend to do it all, it can be overwhelming! We’ve taken the top 5 must-dos of San Diego and made a bucket list for your next visit.
Eat a California Burrito: With so many delicious restaurant options in San Diego, it’s easy to have a go-to. But if you’re in the mood to try something new, opt for a night of Mexican eats and try a California Burrito. This jumbo burrito, filled with carne asada, guacamole, pico de gallo, cheese and French fries, is wrapped in a flour tortilla and pairs nicely with some salsa. If you ask any locals, the quality of Cal-Mex restaurants are measured by their California burrito.
If you’re looking for something a little lighter, take a chance on a fish taco – you won’t be disappointed! To top off your night, go for an horchata, a sweet rice milk drink with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla.
Here are some of our favorite Mexican restaurants along the coast which can easily be reached from the resort by walking or driving.
• Norte’s – for casual drinks & dining – on resort property
• Las Olas – for a sit down experience – Carlsbad Village
• Senor Grubby’s – for casual drinks & dining, 5-10 minute walk – Carlsbad Village
Grab a Craft Beer: San Diego is full of local craft breweries along with some mainstream favorites. Whether you like hoppy beer, light brews or citrusy ciders, there is bound to be a drink for you. If you’re opting out of a drink, most have delicious appetizers and some even have a family friendly ambiance. Take a day and visit some of these favorite spots.
• Pizza Port – for a casual experience – Carlsbad Village
• Barrel Republic – for brews and pub eats – Carlsbad Village
• Compass – for brews and pub eats – Carlsbad Village
Watch the Sunset on the Pacific: Sunsets are beautiful wherever you are, but are especially beautiful when you’re at our beach front resort! Elevate your experience by going to these local favorite spots. Some require a hike, others a quick walk from the resort.
• The Carlsbad Inn’s Central Courtyard
• Carlsbad State Beach
• The Tamarack Deck at Park 101
Farmers Market Finds: We are lucky because there are countless farmers markets throughout San Diego County. You never know what you’ll find or what you’ll be inspired by when you walk through these street fairs. Bring back some locally caught fish or fresh picked fruits and veggies to your own kitchen for a home cooked meal. Or, be inspired to find handmade goods you can share with friends and family.
• State Street Farmers Market – every Wednesday from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm
• Oceanside Sunset Market – every Thursday night from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
• Oceanside’s Certified Farmers Market – every Thursday from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Ride the Coaster: Sometimes, when we’re on vacation, the last thing we want to do is drive. Try taking the coaster up/down the coast to some of these popular destinations. With the train close by the resort and at an affordable cost, it’s easy to get the whole family to adventure to a new spot for the day. Be sure to check the Coaster website for the latest schedule.
•Catch a Padres Game in Downtown San Diego during baseball season
•Head to Old Town San Diego for a night of historical exploration and fun eats
•Enjoy a night in the Gaslamp Quarters in Downtown San Diego pier at twilight
Enjoy these activities and more when you stay at the Carlsbad Inn! Simply book online or call (800) 235-3939.