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Carlsbad is a city near San Diego, in California. It's known for Tamarack Surf Beach, backed by the Carlsbad Sea Wall, and secluded South Carlsbad State Beach. The Legoland California theme park includes rides, a water park and the SEA LIFE Aquarium. The Flower Fields is a seasonal attraction, with acres of flowers. Set in a canyon, the Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park is home to free-roaming peacocks.

Carlsbad has a semi-arid Mediterranean climate (Koppen classification BSh) and averages 263 sunny days per year. Winters are mild with periodic rain. Frost is rare along the coast, but sometimes occurs in inland valleys in December and January. Summer is almost rain free, but overcast and cool with fog off the Pacific. While most days have mild and pleasant temperatures, hot dry Santa Ana winds bring high temperatures on a few days each year, mostly in the fall.

Carlsbad's core industries include information technology, video game development, manufacturing, robotics, medical devices, life science, wireless technology, clean technology, action sports, tourism, design development and real estate. In 2013, Google named Carlsbad the digital capital of California with the strongest online business community.

Carlsbad is also known as the "Titanium Valley" because of its golf manufacturing industry. Callaway Golf Company, TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company, Cobra Golf, Titleist, and Odyssey Golf are all located in Carlsbad.

Notable corporate headquarters:

  • Applied Spectral Imaging, multinational bioimaging technology company

  • Arkeia Software, network backup solutions

  • Atticus Clothing, Apparel

  •, online B2B marketing platform

  • Callaway Golf Company, Golf equipment and apparel manufacturer

  • Cobra Golf, Golf equipment and apparel manufacturer

  • Fallen Footwear, Shoe company

  • Gemological Institute of America, Gem Nonprofit

  • Hay House, New Age Publisher

  • Hot Dog on a Stick, Restaurants

  • Islands Fine Burgers & Drinks, restaurant

  • Jazzercise, International dance fitness program

  • Jenny Craig, Inc., Weight management

  • Kisco Senior Living, senior living

  • Macbeth Footwear, apparel

  • MaxLinear, Semiconductors

  • No Fear, Apparel

  • Osiris Shoes, Shoe company

  • PC Power & Cooling, PC power supply manufacturer

  • Rockstar San Diego, Video Game Developer

  • Rubio's Coastal Grill, Quick-serve Restaurants

  • TaylorMade Golf Company, Golf equipment and apparel manufacturer

  • Upper Deck, Sports and entertainment trading card manufacturer

  • ViaSat, Satellite communications


  • Legoland California

  • Sea Life Aquarium at Legoland California

  • Carlsbad State Beach

  • South Carlsbad State Beach

  • South Carlsbad State Beach

  • Aviara Golf Club and The Aviara Golf Academy.

  • La Costa Resort and Spa

  • The Crossings at Carlsbad.

  • Rancho Carlsbad Golf Club

  • Agua Hedionda Lagoon

  • Batiquitos Lagoon

  • Buena Vista Lagoon

  • Lake Calavera Nature Preserve

  • Rancho La Costa Preserve

  • Carlsbad Historical Society Museum

  • Museum of Making Music

  • Miniature Engineering Craftsmanship Museum

  • The Flower Fields

Notable People:

  • Frank Alesia, character actor and television director

  • Marcus Allen, college and professional football star

  • Brian P. Bilbray, U.S. Congressman

  • Ron Blair, bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

  • David M. Brahms, Marine Corps Brigadier General, Military Lawyer

  • Adam Brody, film and television actor; played Seth Cohen on The O.C.

  • Chad Butler, drummer for Switchfoot

  • Francesca Capaldi, child actress

  • Ron Capps, Current NHRa Funny Car Driver Former Top Fuel Driver 2016 NHRA Funny Car Champion

  • Leo Carrillo, actor, cartoonist, conservationist and preservationist, and owner of Leo Carrillo Ranch in Carlsbad

  • Aaron Chang, surf and ocean photographer

  • Brandon Chillar, linebacker for the Green Bay Packers

  • Jim Cochran, pioneering organic strawberry farmer

  • Jonathan Compas, center for Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • S.E. Cupp, journalist and political commentator

  • David Díaz, Caldecott-winning illustrator/author

  • Thomas Eshelman (CHS Grad 2012), MLB Pitcher for Baltimore Orioles

  • Drew Ferris (born 1992), football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League

  • Jon Foreman, lead singer of alternative band Switchfoot

  • Tim Foreman, brother of Jon Foreman and bassist for Switchfoot

  • Robert C. Frazee, businessman and politician

  • Ryan Gallant, professional skateboarder

  • Sid Gillman, professional football player

  • Troy Glaus, baseball player

  • LeRoy Grannis, photographer

  • Ryan Guy, football player for St. Patrick's Athletic

  • Tony Hawk, professional skateboarder and entrepreneur

  • Taylor Knox, professional surfer

  • Ted Johnson, professional football player

  • Michellie Jones, triathlete, 2006 Ironman world champion, 2000 Olympic silver medalist

  • Josh Kalis, professional skateboarder

  • Rod Laver, former world #1 Australian tennis player, retired in La Costa

  • Fred Lynn, baseball player

  • Sal Masekela, son of musician Hugh Masekela. CHS graduate. TV host for Winter X Games on ESPN

  • Tim Miller, an original student of Ashtanga-yoga founder, K.P. Jois, and teacher of Ashtanga in the US.

  • Martin Milner, television actor, Route 66 and Adam-12

  • Dale D. Myers, former Deputy Administrator of NASA, three NASA Distinguished Service Medals

  • Gregory R Nelson Sr., co-founder of DonJoy, Inc., CEO of United Orthopedic Group

  • Emily O'Brien, The Young and the Restless actress; 2003 graduate CHS

  • Ron Packard, U.S. Congressman

  • Kevin Pearce, snowboarder, public speaker and advocate for traumatic brain injury and Down syndrome research and education; extreme sport commentator

  • Jean Peters, actress and wife of Howard Hughes

  • John Pugsley, libertarian political activist

  • Bridget Regan, actress known for her role as Kahlan Amnell on Legend of the Seeker

  • Allard Roen, co-founder and the on-site Manager of the La Costa Resort and Spa in Carlsbad, California.

  • Gene Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek

  • Boris Said, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver

  • Steve Scott, champion miler

  • Pancho Segura, former professional tennis player and coach

  • Brian Simo, NASCAR Nationwide Series driver

  • Sebastian Soto, professional soccer player for SC Telstar and the United States national team

  • Staciana Stitts, 2000 Summer Olympics gold medalist swimmer; graduate CHS

  • Brett Swain, professional football player.

  • Joe Toledo, American football player

  • Victor Villaseñor, author

  • Barbara Werle, actress and dancer

  • Shaun White, professional snowboarder, skateboarder, 2006, 2010 and 2018 Winter Olympics gold medalist

Sources: Google, Wikipedia


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