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Visit Carlsbad, California

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If you’re looking for a vacation that will satisfy your desires for peace and beauty and your child’s needs for entertainment and fun…then you’ve arrived at the right place in Carlsbad, California. Nestled along the PacificCoast just north of San Diego, this picturesque coastal community is the perfect family vacation destination.

La Costa Resort and Spa

Our first stop was the beautiful La Costa Resort and Spa where I was greeted by a warm and friendly staff. The rooms were elegant and peaceful with granite counter tops and an oversized bathtub to accommodate several kids or a romantic evening with your husband. French doors opened out onto the grounds that are nothing but spectacular. The resort recently completed a $50 million dollar renovation that updated the guest rooms and added new amenities and facilities, such as the Diversions Sports Lounge. It’s no wonder families and golf enthusiasts have been coming to this California landmark for nearly half a century.

The Naked Cafe

After checking in, my 5-year old son, Ben, and I went out to lunch at The Naked Cafe, a five-minute drive from the resort. Don’t let the plain décor fool you… the food here is fabulous and super healthy. I ordered the soft chicken taco that came with coconut rice and black beans, along with a fruit juice smoothie. My son ordered scrambled eggs and vegetarian sausage. They were both delicious!

Splash Landing

In the afternoon, my husband joined us at the La Costa Resort for swimming at Splash Landing. The toddler pool was perfect for our son, Ben. My husband and I ordered poolside drinks while we watched Ben play in the sandy beach area and kiddie hot tub. He also loved the water play area that included a giant mushroom–like waterfall, dancing fountains and water squirters. Ben was a bit too young for the large water slides but they looked like a blast.

Spa at La Costa

Later, while my husband and Ben enjoyed Kidtopia a wall-to-wall padded playroom with a beautiful aquarium and Arts and Crafts room, I made my way to the Spa at La Costa, a beautiful Spanish-colonial style haven. I opted for the “Indulge Package”: a custom Swedish style massage and beauty pedicure. Romantic side-by-side massages with champagne and chocolate covered strawberries are also available in the VIP suites for couples. This is pure heaven on earth!