The City of Carlsbad is named for a famed 19th century spa in Europe, yet its history reflects the heritage of many cultures. The area is known today as Carlsbad was claimed as a territory by Spain and then by Mexico before becoming a part of the United States. The shoreline of Carlsbad’s coastal lagoon was home to the indigenous Luiseno and Diegueños Indians for centuries before the arrival of the Spaniards.
Nearly seven miles of beautiful beaches, picturesque lagoons, the charm of a European village coupled with world-class golf, spas and shopping — Carlsbad provides something for every homeowner’s lifestyle. The City of Carlsbad offers many free and fun activities year-round. Carlsbad hosts several specialty races like the Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and the Carlsbad 5000.