A quiet seaside escape along the California coast.

By Travel + Leisure
August 31, 2012
Courtesy of Visit Carlsbad

California’s “Village by the Sea” is quainter and quieter than its beach community neighbors to the south. Nearly seven miles of coastline with waters made for swimming and surfing enhance the small-town vibe, as does the colorful evidence of its commercial flower-growing past that sprouts on its hillsides.

Park Hyatt Aviara Resort

Carlsbad Ranch

In the spring, take in the 53 acres of ranunculus blooms at Carlsbad Ranch—one of the most overwhelmingly colorful sights you’ll ever see.

Bellefleur Restaurant

The cavernous, casual restaurant has an open-air dining patio, tasting bar, and a barrel aging room. Sunday brunch, with its carving station, pastry bar, omelette station, Belgian waffles, and even a Mexican bar, is over the top—and the most popular in town.