Carlsbad Village Center is one of the most vibrant town areas you can find around Carlsbad Beach. It is where the shopping and entertainment happens.

It is here where you go to eat when you get hungry.

It is here where you go to walk after having a nice long swim in the ocean.

It is where you get to exercise your furbaby

It is here where you go to get some fresh air and exercise.

Don’t forget to grab an ice-cream while your at it.  

Of course it’s important to see what makes up Carlsbad Village Center and what you can do there. I had to check it out for myself before ever writing about it.

For all those newbies (if your local skip ahead), who are looking for a nice beach town with availability to restaurants then look no further.

Carlsbad Beach is your beach vacation destination you need to be at this summer vacation.

Afterall, it was voted one of the top beaches to visit in San Diego County.

First and foremost, like many of you, when I first arrived I had no idea what to do and where to go, shop and eat.

I, like many of you, was a completely lost tourist scourging the web to find stuff to do and how to plan.

And this is what I learned…

Where is Carlsbad Village Center located

Carlsbad Village Center is actually in Carlsbad City, not too far from the beach itself.

According to apps like google maps, it can take anywhere from 40-60min to arrive.

It is approximately 36 miles north of the International Airport of San Diego. So of course during peak hours, your drive can take a little longer.

What to Expect at Carlsbad Village Center

Carlsbad Village Center has a lot to offer for both the tourist and local people. If you are a pet owner, then you can walk your dog here.  You’ll find many people walk their dogs around Carlsbad Village.

Some people even decide to drive there since there is plenty of parking along the streets and pay lots everywhere.

You can find all sorts of stores here. Including boutiques, beach attire, clothing stores, local ice cream eateries, restaurants, and even beach rentals.

You can most definitely take time to stroll through Carlsbad Village Center because of the variety of stores available.

The cool thing is that most of these shops are mom and pop shops so not only are you shopping, but you are also supporting local businesses.

There are plenty of stores with enough variety to shop from and there are other store around the adjacent streets.

Many people decide to window shop here because there is a lot to see around there.

Shopping at Carlsbad Premium Outlets

You’ll be happy to know that the Carlsbad Village is not the only place you can do some shopping.

If the Carlsbad Village Center did not have what you were looking for then there’s another place too.  

One of my favorite places, I came across was the Carlsbad Premium Outlets.

This place is actually the same place where you can find the Flower Fields of Carlsbad.

The premium outlets have a lot of clothing shops and it seems more like an outdoor mall. It also has plenty of places to eat at. Such as fast food restaurants and others.

Whether your here to shop or experience the beach vibe of Carlsbad, there is something for everyone.

How to Plan your Vacation in Carlsbad Village and Beach

Here is a simple 3 day itinerary:

Day: 1

Rest up after your long flight. If you have anytime feel free to walk to the beach closest to your hotel.

If you want to know which Carlsbad Beach to visit then be sure to check out the article of all the nice beaches of Carlsbad right here.

Day 2:

Explore Carlsbad Village Center, check out the beach village for nice restaurants. Walk around the Downtown. Check out the other local beach

Day 3:

Explore Carlsbad beach and check out other local areas such as the flower fields(if in season) or the Carlsbad Premium Outlets


Carlsbad Village Center right off the boulevard is actually one of the most common and best known places to get some shopping done after your beach day.

Not only can you do some shopping at the local mom and pop shops there is also plenty of restaurants to choose from here.

If your hungry then make your way to Carlsbad Village because there are plenty of restaurants to choose from.

It is also the perfect place to take your pup since many people enjoy walking around Carlsbad Village Center.

You can definitely do window shopping or stop at a local coffee or ice cream shop after you beach day.

Carlsbad Village is not the only place to do shopping though, but it is within walking distance from the North Beaches of Carlsbad.


If you are looking for other beaches to check out near Carlsbad, then do not forget to check out this article where it breaks down the best beaches of Carlsbad.

Within driving distance you can find the Carlsbad Premium Outlets where there is even more clothing stores to shop from.

Even though Carlsbad Premium Outlets is more of an outdoor based mall you can definitely find a lot nice branded stores with fair prices.

There a lot of variety here including places to eat, clothing stores, makeup stores and more.

Whatever kind of vacation you are planning on then, be sure to check out the Carlsbad beaches in the article here.

If you want to find out how you can take your pup around Carlsbad Beach without actually them being allowed in the water, then click here.

There are also plenty of San Diego Beaches that you can also enjoy. Find them out here.

Have you any favorite activities around the beach that you love doing?