La Costa Resort and Spa – Carlsbad, California

Jocelyn Murray July 11, 2011 No Comments


Tots and Travel Recommended

There is a place in Southern California that beckons with fresh ocean breezes, endless blue skies, and discreet elegance set within 400 acres of lush landscaping: La Costa Resort and Spa. Located in the picturesque beach town of Carlsbad, California, this resort captures Southern California’s charm and energy beautifully. I stayed here with my family recently and did not want to leave.

La Costa - View from lobby entrance

La Costa – View from lobby entrance

There is something for everyone at this exclusive getaway. Play a round of golf at one of the two championship courses. Hone your tennis skills on any of the 17 tennis courts (clay and hard court surfaces), including seven lighted courts for evening play. Workout at the Athletic Club. Pamper yourself at the lauded Spa. Relax at one of the sparkling pools or hot tubs.

La Costa - Overview of resort pools

La Costa – Overview of resort pools

Children will find their own sanctuary here. Mine were absolutely delighted with the swimming pools, waterslides, and water play elements that kept them enthralled for hours. Splash Landing is a children’s paradise with its two 100 foot long waterslides, a toddler slide, and an interactive water play zone.

La Costa - Splash landing interactive

La Costa – Splash landing interactive

La Costa also has a club just for kids: Kidtopia. Children (infants to age 12) can find plenty of age-appropriate fun in the 6,000 square foot center. There is even a Night Camp available (for bathroom independent 3-12 year olds) on Fridays & Saturdays from 6-10 pm. For guests who are 10 and up, Vibz is a playground that features high-tech games and activities including X-Box 360® room with 5 stations, two billiard tables, air hockey, foosball, video games, ping pong, and skee-ball, to name a few.  A variety of summer camp programs are also available, including Golf Camp, Tennis Camp, Spa Camp and Surf Camp.

La Costa - Kidtopia for kids

La Costa – Kidtopia for kids

Offsite recreation, dining and shopping is terrific and conveniently located near La Costa. From Legoland (just minutes away from the hotel), to the nearby premium outlet malls, beautiful beaches, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Seaworld, the Carlsbad Flower Fields, Birch Aquarium, Temecula Valley Wineries and Vineyards (1 hour inland), and much more, there is something to please everyone in the family.

La Costa - Water slide

La Costa – Water slide

The deluxe accommodations are designed to please the most discriminating tastes. From the crisp bed linens and exquisite personal care and bath products, to the high-tech amenities including large flat-screen TVs and high-speed internet access, to the casually elegant décor that combines rich fabrics and refined comfort in earth-tone palettes, the effect is at once inviting and soothing.

La Costa - Suite bedroom

La Costa – Suite bedroom

Most of the accommodations offer private patios with lovely vistas and cool breezes. The Villa Suites with their Spanish Colonial charm are perfect for families and feature private patios, fireplaces, kitchens and more.

La Costa - View from our villa patio

La Costa – View from our villa patio

Tips for Parents

La Costa - Walkway

La Costa – Walkway

This family-friendly resort offers complimentary cribs with padding and linens, diaper genies and baby proofing supplies available upon request. The on-site dining features kids’ menus as well. Be sure to rent a car so you can enjoy the wonderful area attractions. The town of Carlsbad is a lovely seaside community of families with an easygoing charm that is a lot fun to explore. And La Costa Resort and Spa is one of the best family resorts in California and is featured by Tots and Travel as one of the Top 10 Family Resorts on the West Coast. For more information about this wonderful family resort visit the official La Costa Resort website at

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Jocelyn Murray is a travel writer and historical fiction novelist. She holds two university master's degrees in both English and Education, along with a bachelor's degree in Economics and European Studies. She also has a teaching credential and taught at the elementary school level.

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