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    Carlsbad, known as the "Village by the Sea" is an affluent seaside resort occupying a 7-mile stretch of Pacific coastline just 35 miles north of San Diego and 87 miles south of Los Angeles.

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    • Park Hyatt Aviara Resort Golf Course

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    Carlsbad’s mild weather and stunning beaches make it one of the best places to visit in California. The seven miles of surf, sand and sun beckon for endless outdoor activities.

    Here, golf isn’t just a game, it’s an experience. Beautifully designed, world-class courses offer unmatched amenities, such as GPS-equipped golf carts that help gauge your next shot, gorgeous clubhouses to relax in and golf classes with top golf pros.

    Spa-goers have flocked to Carlsbad since its mineral spring was discovered in the late 19th century. Today, you can visit the site of the original well, but you can do much more than just "taking the waters"- Carlsbad’s spas offer world-class services.

    If you are travelling as a family, make sure you take the kids to Legoland California Resort offering Lego themed rides, interactive shows and hands-on attractions.

    Award-winning restaurants that are constantly reinventing the way we eat to street food classics that magically whisk you back to your childhood. No matter your tastes or budget, restaurants in Carlsbad offer a wealth of options that overflow with flavor and style.

    Walk tree-lined streets to discover art galleries, garden shops, jewelers, clothing stores, boutiques and a farmer's market with goodies galore. Venture slightly further for more options at the Carlsbad Premium Outlets

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    • Top Tip 1

      Everyone should drive Highway 1 - the Pacific Coast Highway, but our tip is to do it from north to south. Whichever direction you take the scenery is stunning but you get a better view going south because you're on the ocean side of the road.

    • Top Tip 2

      Hearst Castle is a must-see stop as you drive along the coast, taking you back to the early days of Hollywood.

    • Top Tip 3

      Wine tasting tours are plentiful in Napa and Sonoma. Our favourites are Jordan's and Chalk Hill. Try the Library Tasting tour, a wine and cheese pairing at Jordan's and the Culinary Tour at Chalk Hill, a wine and food pairing prepared by Chef Didier. Both are exceptional experiences and amazing value.

    • Top Tip 4

      Visit the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. On Thursdays, from 6pm, enjoy music, cocktails and entertainment whist experiencing world class exhibits and star gazing on the living roof.

    • Top Tip 5

      San Francisco - where do you start? Visit North Beach for the cafe culture, take a tour to Alcatraz (we recommend you pre-book it), see Lombard Street, cycle across the Golden Gate Bridge, take a sightseeing tour of the city on a fire engine, shop in Union Square.

    • Top Tip 6

      For spectacular scenery, and to escape from the desert heat, take a ride on the Palm Spring Aerial Tramway. If you're in downtown Palm Springs on Thursdays, you'll enjoy VillageFest, offering live entertainment and an array of stalls selling food and gifts.

    • Top Tip 7

      Yosemite National Park is one of California's great natural wonders. Stay for a couple of nights and include a guided horseback ride for a tour with a difference.

    • Top Tip 8

      Follow the scenic 17-Mile Drive coastal route between Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove for stunning views of the Monterey Peninsula. There's a small fee to drive this route but it's worth it.

    • Top Tip 9

      Rent a bike or rollerblades and enjoy people watching along the boardwalk at Santa Monica and Venice Beach.

    • Top Tip 10

      When visiting Universal Studios Hollywood, book the VIP ticket which allows you to jump the queues and includes behind-the-scenes access.

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